UW Bothell Leading in Regional Nursing Education


March 4, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash., March 4, 2011 – The University of Washington Bothell marks an important milestone today in its three-year congressionally directed grant to address a regional shortage of nursing faculty.
More than 130 nursing faculty and clinical educators from 14 Associate Degree Nursing programs and 12 regional medical centers in the Northern Puget Sound region are attending UW Bothell’s Nursing Education Consortium workshop today. The workshop highlights the results of a three-year program designed to collaboratively address the current shortage of qualified nursing faculty to teach in Washington state’s community and technical college nursing programs.
Dr. Mary Baroni, Program Director of the UW Bothell Nursing Program elaborates, "the only way to increase the supply of nurses is to train more nurses–and to do that, you need more nursing faculty. The Nursing Education Consortium links faculty-to-faculty across our region’s nursing programs, thereby building a pipeline for the next generation of nurse educators who are so critically needed."
Funding for the program was directed from the U.S. Department of Education: P116Z080228, P116Z090126 and P116Z100073. It has supported three faculty-to-faculty invitational workshops. The first two were held in 2009 with close to 100 participants. The third workshop extends the invitation to include clinical educators from practice partners, as well.
The focus of today’s workshop introduces the Nurse Educator/Online Community, a web-based tool developed as part of the program. The online community allows nursing educators to continue to interact and collaborate remotely. Future plans include making this virtual community for nurse educators available on a statewide basis.

Workshop participants include those from consortium schools: 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 clinical educators from Evergreen, Harborview, Overlake, Providence Regional Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s  St. Joseph Medical Center, Swedish, VA Puget Sound, Valley General, Virginia Mason, UW Medical Center, SEIU 1199 Training Institute and the Washington Center for 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 1,475 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 seven quarter or 11 quarter sequence of study, with classes scheduled one day a week. Since admitting its first students in 2002, 135 nurses have graduated from the program with over 1/3 currently serving as faculty in regional ADN and BSN programs.

In addition to workshop support, this initiative has allowed the UW Bothell Masters program to increase enrollment, allocate $350,000 of scholarship support to 28 graduate students interested in nursing education and willing to teach at least part-time in a Consortium partner school.
For additional information on the Consortium, its sponsoring grant or the Nursing Program, please contact uwbnhs@uw.edu.

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.