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J Prof Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec;27(6):e64-70. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.08.007.

Creativity and connections: the future of nursing education and practice: the Massachusetts Initiative.

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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Nursing Initiative, Farley Associates, Inc., Norton, MA, USA. msrocz@aol.com

Abstract

Education and practice partnerships are key to effective academic program design and implementation in a time of decreasing supply and increasing demands on the nursing profession. An integrated education/practice competency model can positively impact patient safety, improve patient care, increase retention, and ensure a sufficient and competent nursing workforce, which is paramount to survival of the health care system. Through the contributions of nursing leaders from the broad spectrum of nursing and industry organizations within the state, the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future project developed a competency-based framework for the future design of nursing educational programs to meet current and future practice needs. The Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies(©) expand on the Institute of Medicine's core competencies for all health care professionals and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competencies for quality and safety to define the expectations for all professional nurses of the future. The Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies define the knowledge, attitude, and skills required as the minimal expectations for initial nursing practice following completion of a prelicensure professional nursing education program. These competencies are now being integrated into new models for seamless, coordinated nursing curriculum and transition into practice within the state and beyond.

PMID:
22142929
DOI:
10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.08.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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