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Pathways to BSN Education: Teamwork in Ohio

Sharpnack, Patricia A.; Drennen, Carol; Bowles, Wendy; Koffel, Chris; Salvador, Diane; Didion, Judy

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000205

AIM The Ohio Action Coalition was formed to address the key recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.

BACKGROUND The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action is a national initiative to guide implementation of the recommendations in the Future of Nursing report.

METHOD Through statewide meetings, leaders from nursing education and practice adopted a statewide competency model. Regional teams provided detailed regional gap analyses using the Ohio Nurse Competency Model and address the Institute of Medicine’s foundational pillar that nurses should achieve higher levels of education.

RESULTS Communication among baccalaureate and community colleges and nursing practice has increased statewide as a result of this collaborative project. The teams are committed to exploring ways to standardize and develop adaptable seamless academic progression models for implementation across communities.

CONCLUSION Ultimately, the goal is to positively impact the academic preparation of the Ohio nursing workforce.

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About the Authors Patricia A. Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF, is dean and Strawbridge Professor, Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio. Carol Drennen, MSN, MS, RN, is the project director, SIP Grant, Ohio Action Coalition. Wendy Bowles, PhD, RN, CPNP, is assistant dean of baccalaureate programs, Ohio State University, Columbus. Chris Koffel, PhD, RN, is a nurse researcher, ProMedica Health Care System, Toledo, Ohio. Diane Salvador, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is executive director and professor, Elmhurst College Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Illinois. Judy Didion, PhD, RN, is dean and professor, Oakland University School of Nursing, Rochester, Michigan. The authors are grateful to the members of the three Ohio regional State Implementation Program Grant teams and Jane Mahowald, executive director, Ohio League for Nursing, and co-lead, Ohio Action Coalition. For more information, contact Dr. Sharpnack at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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