Nursing Consortium Workshop: October 23

Friday, October 23, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell Nursing Program will host "Development as a Clinical Teacher: An Ongoing Journey," a nursing consortium workshop on Friday, October 23, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on campus in building UW1, rooms 010-020.  Over 90 nursing faculty from 14 nursing programs in the Northern Puget Sound region will be attending this faculty-to-faculty workshop aimed at recruiting, mentoring and retaining much needed nursing faculty.

Dr. Mary Baroni, PI of the UW Bothell Consortium says "This initiative is an exciting regional effort we're taking to collaboratively address the current shortage of qualified nursing faculty to teach in our community and technical college nursing programs.  By linking faculty-to-faculty across nursing programs, we hope to successfully mentor the next generation of nursing faculty who are so critically needed."

The workshop is offered to consortium members to provide training and mentorship to clinical instructors. Participants will explore the journey/process of developing as a clinical teacher and discuss challenges and strategies for successful implementation of the clinical instructor role as they network with other nurses.

The workshop is led by Suzanne Sikma, PhD, RN, a UW Bothell Nursing Professor, Catherine Van Son, PhD, RN, an Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing, and Shannon Wilner, MN, RN, an Instructor at Everett Community College.

Workshop participants include those from consortium schools, including Bellevue College, Bellingham Technical College, Everett Community College, Highline Community College, Lake Washington Technical College, North Seattle Community College, Peninsula College, Renton Technical College, Seattle Central Community College, Shoreline Community College, Skagit Valley College (Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses), South Seattle Community College, and Whatcom Community College, as well as faculty from Northwest University, Washington Center for Nursing, Oregon Health & Sciences University and Washington State University.

Funding for the workshop is provided by a second year of federal funding  through a Congressionally-directed Grant (to UW Bothell), FY09, sponsored by Washington Congressman Jay Inslee; and, "Infusing Geriatric Nursing in Education Curricula," a HRSA-BHP Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program grant to the Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Nursing.

About the UW Bothell Nursing Program: The UW Bothell Nursing Program offers two academic degree programs both of which serve working nurses who must balance work, families and social responsibilities. The first is the RN to BSN completion program which allows nurses whose pre-licensure nursing education was based in diploma or associate degree programs to complete their BSN through efficient scheduling of classes one day per week. Since the program was established in 1992, over 1,350 RN to BSN students have graduated from this program and most continue to live and work in the Northern Puget Sound region.

The second program offered is the Master of Nursing program which focuses on leadership in education, practice, policy, and program development. The cohort program is offered in either a 7 quarter or 11 quarter sequence of study, with classes scheduled one day a week. Since admitting its first students in 2002, 113 nurses have graduated from the program with over 1/3 currently serving as faculty in regional ADN and BSN programs.

For additional information on the Consortium, its sponsoring grant or the Nursing Program, please contact

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.