Nursing unveils new strategic plan
Under the excellent leadership of Professor Jennifer Medves the School of Nursing has had a series of successes in the past five years. The school spearheaded the development of our new master of science in healthcare quality program, earned a $5.8M grant to lead a province-wide initiative to improve nursing simulation and has initiated the development of several new programs: a diploma in pain management and programs in aging & health. The school has also coordinated a year of celebrations to mark its 75th anniversary and endeavours to raise $750K to build an endowment fund for student scholarships. All the while our nursing students have had excellent performance on national licensing exams, and they continue to report high levels of student satisfaction.
Dr. Medves was appointed for a second term in 2014, and in order to build on the programs and achievements that she and her colleagues inaugurated in the first five years of her tenure, a new strategic plan has been created.
The strategic plan is built on five pillars, each with a set of strategies, benchmarks and goals that will be achieved over the next five years. I would like to share with you some of the highlights:
Goal 1 – Students
We support the growth of nursing professionals who provide excellent care, with passion, creativity, and confident leadership.
Through enhanced advancement efforts, the school will grow and pursue endowments, which will directly effect our students. With a goal of raising $10M for student assistance, nursing envisions offering scholarships to up to 70% of our undergraduate students, 50% of masters students and 100% of PhD students. This will drastically improve accessibility to our programming while reducing the share of student assistance funds that come from the school’s operating budget.
In addition to its focus on student assistance, the school will continue to integrate technology into the classroom and develop elective clinical placements for the undergraduate program.
Goal 2 – Reputation
We are recognized for excellence in education, research and clinical practice, and for an innovative and unique student experience.
In practice, this goal means that the school will focus resources on developing faculty members as teachers, researchers and clinicians. This will include establishing a mentorship program, creating clinical appointments and supporting interdisciplinary research and education through cross-appointments within the Faculty of Health Sciences and the university as a whole.
Goal 3 – Development
We build on our solid foundation and leverage opportunities to grow our resources and talent.
This section’s major highlight is the continuation of the planning process for a new site for the School of Nursing and School of Rehabilitation Therapy. By 2020 a new site will have been identified, a budget will be in place complemented by an advancement campaign and a detailed project plan will lay out the steps necessary to bring the new site to fruition.
Goal 4 – Collaboration
We work with partners and stakeholders to advance our common goals.
The School of Nursing is already well-versed in seeking out and building partnerships, and in the next five years it will build on this foundation, with a reach that is not just local or national, but global, and includes research and education partnerships developed in South America and Africa. The drive to build new partnerships will also mean developing mutually beneficial relationships in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Goal 5 – Operations
The work and activities of the School of Nursing are supported by effective and efficient operating systems.
The School of Nursing recognizes the importance of IT systems and their effectiveness in enhancing administrative operations and supporting teaching and learning goals. As such, the school has laid out a plan where much of their communication and coursework will go paperless by 2017, and a computerized exam room will be available for exam writing by 2018.
To learn more about the plan and see the details, you can have a look at the entire document by clicking here – I think you’ll find it interesting.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is proud of the strength brought to the faculty through its three schools. As the School of Nursing launches its five-year strategic plan, I would like to express my personal congratulations to the entire School of Nursing team.
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Thank you to Jen Valberg, Communications Coordinator for her assistance in preparing this blog.