Education Task Force                    

Education-Practice Collaborative (EPC)

 

WHAT IS EPC? EPC is a collaborative group of over 120 Arizona nurses from education and practice. It currently consists of representatives from 18 clinical agencies and 20 pre-licensure RN nursing programs. This collaboration between nursing education and nursing practice is essential to improve new grad RN practice readiness to meet the quality and safety needs of patients and families.

 

EPC SPONSOR: EPC is sponsored by the AZ Action Coalition Education Task Force to promote the implementation of the nursing education recommendations of IOM Future of Nursing report:

1)      Implement nurse residency program.

2)      Increase the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degree to 80percent by 2020.

3)      Double the number of nurse with a doctorate by 2020

4)      Assure nurses engage in lifelong learning.

 

EPC PURPOSE: On January 18, 2013, EPC affirmed and adopted the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competency Model and Purpose: Establish a formal coalition (Education-Practice Collaborative) to create a seamless progression through all levels of nursing that is based on the evidence-based consensus competencies of the Arizona Nurse of the Future Core Competency Model, which includes transitioning nurses into their practice settings, adopted from Massachusetts.

 

EPC ASSUMPTIONS: On February 22, 2013, EPC affirmed and adopted the following assumptions:

1)      Education and practice partnerships are key to developing an effective model.

2)      It is imperative that leaders in nursing education and practice develop collaborative curriculum models to facilitate the achievement of a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) by all nurses.

3)      There is a need to develop a more effective educational system that is capable of incorporating the shifting demographics in order to prepare the nursing workforce to respond to current and future health care needs and population health issues.

4)      Nurse educators in both education and practice settings will need to use a different set of knowledge and teaching strategies to effectively integrate the Nurse of the Future competencies into curriculum.

5)      As nurses and patient advocates, EPC supports the need for increased education for all nurses because with increasingly complex health care, the patient requires a more educated nurse in order to deliver effective and safe care.

 

WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL FOR EDUCATION AND PRACTICE TO COLLABORATE ON NURSES’ PRACTICE READINESS?

It is essential nursing education curriculums include the following 10 core competencies of the Arizona Nurse of the Future Core Competency Model in order for nurses to be able to provide effective and safe care to patients and families: patient-centered care; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; teamwork and collaboration; informatics and technology; professionalism; leadership; communication; and systems-based practice.

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of EPC, please contact Dawna Cato

dcato3@cox.net

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Maricopa Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program Information

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Education-Practice Collaborative (EPC), sponsored by the Arizona Action Coalition

 

Paulette C. Compton, RN, MSN, MC

Roni Collazo, RN, PhD

 

EPC is a sustainable and evolving state wide collaborative work group with membership of nurses from education and practice. On January 18, 2013, the Education-Practice Collaborative (EPC) affirmed and adopted the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competency Model and Purpose: Establish a formal coalition (Education-Practice Collaborative) to create a seamless progression through all levels of nursing that is based on the evidence-based consensus competencies of the Arizona Nurse of the Future Core Competency Model, which includes transitioning nurses into their practice settings, adopted from Massachusetts.

The current EPC work is to provide leadership and guidance to nursing education and nursing practice in order to assure effective and safe care to patients and families. Small work groups are currently working on identified specific topics, including the Arizona Nurse of the Future Core Competencies:

1)    Patient-Centered Care

2)    Evidence-Based Practice

3)    Quality Improvement

4)    Safety

5)    Teamwork & Collaboration

6)    Informatics & Technology

7)    Professionalism

8)    Communication

9)    Leadership

10)Systems-Based Practice

 

The specific small work group topics include:

1)    New grad practice readiness/on-boarding/residency

2)    Simulation

3)    Preceptorship, academic & practice

The present goal for each small work group is to create written paper with specific recommendations to nursing education and practice on how to improve new grad practice readiness r/t to the competency or topic of the small group with a plan for dissemination, including creation of narrative stories to use in dissemination.

 

For additional detailed information about the EPC, please explore the EPC documents and resources in the EPC DropBox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/79qvd8u71awjjd4/yebFUkJjlh

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of EPC, please contact:

Dawna Cato  dcato3@cox.net