Your state is at the Collaboration step of the Academic Progression Commitment Continuum if:

A defined plan for ongoing development of an academic progression model has been agreed upon and momentum is building toward implementation, which may include the following:

  • Infrastructure has been developed for continued investigation and implementation
  • Participation includes representatives from registrar, financial aid, student advising, academic affairs and others as needed
  • Stakeholders outside the academic institutions are included (Board of Nursing, Department of Public Health, Department of Higher Education, etc.)
  • Action steps advance the development of a partnership model
  • Curriculum is increasingly integrated and the need for further integration is recognized
  • Procedures for application, admission, and financial aid have been developed
  • Need for pilot or test and initial cohort size has been determined
  • Target date and benchmarks for collaboration have been identified
  • Strategies to address procedural and academic barriers have been developed
  • Regulatory and accreditation issues are addressed (program and substantive change reporting processes are initiated as needed)

 A deepening collaboration between academia and practice is represented by all or some of the following:

  • A full range of practice settings are represented in development of partnership models; models address current workforce needs, which may include the following:
  • CNOs and other practice partners are full participants with academic partners in design and are generating momentum within their settings
  • Workforce data is shared with all partners, including education demographics
  • Employers recognize and can message ROI for a more highly educated nursing workforce
  • Union and employers negotiate specifics related to academic progression and implications for the workforce
  • Academic partners may receive preference for clinical placement contracts
  • Flexible employment options may exist for students who are licensed and employed while completing the BSN component (such as part time hours with full time benefits, etc.)
  • Creation and funding of joint appointments as appropriate to the setting

Employer practices support the completion of the BSN, which may include the following:

  • Financial support is provided for nursing staff (tuition reimbursement, formation of cohorts, IT support, flexible scheduling, etc.)
  • Consideration of preferential hiring and / or advancement
  • Consideration of differentiated practice between AD and BS nurses
  • Pay differential based on educational level: specific roles require a BSN
  • Employers value education preparation

The following outcomes are typically expected during Collaboration:

  • A mechanism has been developed to track the proportion of students who matriculate directly from the AD to the BSN program.
  • The data tracking process includes sufficient diversity data to evaluate enrollment and graduation from the AD program, rates of matriculation and subsequent graduation of various minority groups.
  • Plans are in place to gather data about program effectiveness, student satisfaction, program completion, NCLEX pass rates, and student retention

Refer to the Resources page for tools and articles most helpful at this stage of development.