Comparison of Programs of Curricula
Nursing education is fundamental to ensure that newly graduated nurses provide safe and efficient care within the current workforce. Developing an effective nursing program that meets the standards of the credentialing body will enable programs to prepare students for the future. The curriculum should provide the student with learning experiences that are essential for quality nursing practice (NLN, 2013). Curriculum should produce an atmosphere of excitement about learning with a spirit of inquiry (NLN, 2013). Faculty is also active in helping the program achieve its goals and is accountable for promoting excellence (NLN, 2013). Associate and Baccalaureate nursing programs have different credentialing requirements. American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) has created nine Essentials that address the Institute of Medicines (IOM) recommendations for the fundamental knowledge needed for health care professionals (AACN, 2013). The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits the associate level programs as well as other programs from practical nursing to clinical doctorate (ACEN, 2014). The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast two different program’s curriculum. The associate level program is the Gordon State College School of Nursing and the baccalaureate program is the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University.
Comparison of Programs
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredit Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (GBCN) at Mercer University (Mercer University, 2014). The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing accredits Gordon State College School of Nursing. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredit Gordon State College (Gordon State College, 2014). Both programs are fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing (Georgia Board of Nursing, 2014). Comparatively both programs are fully accredited and approved by all governing bodies.
Gordon State College School of Nursing’s curriculum is based on Standard 4, which is the curriculum section of ACEN’s 6 Standards. AACEN (2014) requires the program to state program outcomes that are consistent with the current practices focusing on safety. Gordon State College of Nursing’s program emphasizes outcomes throughout their curriculum. Their program outcomes are also consistent with the parent institutions mission. The nursing program’s mission statement is to facilitate the student’s development of knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level nursing position (Gordon College, 2014). The faculty is committed to facilitate student’s growth through their educational process to enhance professional success. Throughout the curriculum it is stated that the program pledges that it will subscribe to the ACEN’s competencies. Gordon’s curriculum is...