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Proposal Summary: NU-08-05

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TitlePsychiatric Mental Health Nursing-Course additions
Submitting DeanN. Margaret Wineman
Submitting CollegeNursing -- Susan Bradford
Departments Generating the ProposalNursing
Objection Deadline
Proposal StatusCollege status: approved
Proposal Last UpdatedMarch 31, 2008 by NU dean's ofc Kathleen Ross-Alaolmolki
Effective DateSpring 2008
Brief Summary of ProposalThis course is one in a series of three courses developed in response to concerns about the state of the behavioral health workforce, including registered nurses with bacaalaureate degrees or students at the graduate level of education. Behavioral health services are even more human resource intensive than other areas of health care, therefore workforce development is critical. Asynchronous online education is necessary to faciltiate access because the behavioral healthcare organization often cannot afford to take nurses out of service for face to face educational activities. Because innovations in behavioral healthcare based on research take much too long to be transferred to practice the current nursing workforce is unprepared to deal with the practices of the current behavioral health system, which demands skills to work outside the hospital setting, in the community, schools, prisons, homeless shelters, and home care settings. Behavioral health systems today require nurses who are prepared to work with persons with serious mental illness and who are culturally competent, promote resiliency and recovery, and are capable of working in collaborative relationships. This course seeks to supply the education necessary to work effectively with the vulnerable seriously and persistently mentally ill population. Dr. Galon was funded for the development of this series of courses by the Department of Mental Health (ODMH) because of her knowledge and expertise in the care of and public policy issues related to the severly persistently mentally ill.
Type of ProposalProgram changes
Graduate School Endorsement StatusApproved
Graduate School Endorsement UpdatedApril 16, 2008 by GS Heather Blake
Institutional Research StatusApproved
IR Status UpdatedApril 02, 2008 by IR Sabrina Andrews
Library StatusApproved
Library Status UpdatedMarch 31, 2008 by UL Jo Ann Calzonetti
Distance Learning Review Committee StatusUnder review
DLRC CommentNU-08-01 and -05: these proposals still have problems: In the 513/514 course sections there is confusion about CR/NC and continuing education students (how do the latter obtain a UA login?); having no pre-requisites for practicing nursing professionals is OK, but what about students who are not practicing yet?; having different course requirements for different students is questioned; using complete/incomplete grading is not part of our system; a bibliography is needed; Springboard, not WebCT, needs to be used: In the 515 course it is not clear why it cannot be repeated (what is the difference between a student taking four credits once, or two credits twice?). DLRC knows about the accreditation issue and requests that Nursing carefully edit these two proposals. If this occurs as needed, the committee will act on them in Sept. 2008 and they should be approved before the Spring 2009 semester.
DLRC Status UpdatedApril 22, 2008 by PR Rex Ramsier
General Education Advisory Committee StatusNot required
GEAC Status UpdatedApril 17, 2008 by PR Rex Ramsier
Resource RequirementsNo additional resources
Resource Requirements UpdatedMarch 20, 2008 by NU dean's ofc Kathleen Ross-Alaolmolki
Resource commentAdditional resources are not required. Dr. Galon whose expertise is the sevrely-persistently mentally ill will be the course faculty.

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