Practice Ready Graduates

May 20, 2021

Message from the Dean

At the University of Louisville School of Nursing, the faculty strive to educate individuals to be "Practice Ready." Practice ready graduates are 25-50% more ready to practice safely during the first year of working as a Registered Nurse. A nursing curriculum that is competency-based ensures that student nurses are ready to practice upon graduation. The American Associations of Colleges of Nursing have established new essentials that are competency-based which are to be implemented over the next 4-5 years.

"Competencies are observable and measurable behaviors that are demonstrated at multiple times across a program of study (see Dr. Jean Bartels' video on Competency-Based Education). The competencies apply across both entry into professional nursing education as well as advanced professional nursing education. Sub-competencies delineate the specific behaviors for each competency at the two levels: entry into professional nursing education and advanced professional nursing education." (AACN, 2021)

Hence, the UofL School of Nursing will begin working on the redesign of the curriculum to be in alignment with the new Essentials published by AACN. This initiative will be integrated in with the UofL School of Nursing approach to collaborative education through our two newly designed classrooms with the state of the art technology designed for collaborative learning. Two new classrooms are slated to be completed by Fall and will be utilized to help rethink student learning outcomes as outlined through the new AACN essentials. Given that face-to-face classes are planned for Fall semester, these classrooms could not have come at a better time. It is with donor support that such innovation is being made possible.

I am grateful for the funding that is making the UofL School of Nursing a place with cutting-edge technology. I hope that this Fall you will join us as we showcase the classrooms through a ribbon cutting.

Go Cards!

Sonya R. Hardin PhD, APRN, NP-C, FAAN
Dean and Professor
UofL School of Nursing