East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN
By leveraging and stretching the NCIN grant, the nursing program was able to increase its capacity by 10 students. Officials revised their recruitment plan to include a team focused on the ABSN program and on recruiting and retaining students from backgrounds underrepresented in nursing.
Round 3: 2010-2011
The NCIN program succeeded in large part because of the appointment of an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program coordinator, who was afforded the time and resources needed to implement NCIN requirements. Strong relationships and individual talent allowed the coordinator to implement NCIN’s Pre-Entry Immersion Program (PIP) to help students succeed in what was then a new ABSN program. Scholars networked among themselves and with faculty and staff, and met with nurse leaders from the school’s partner, Mountain States Health Alliance. The coordinator shared tools that helped the scholars with time management, goal-setting, and LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies Inventory) evaluation, and seminars helped students under- stand their own learning styles and develop strategies to succeed in the fast-paced ABSN program.