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some important aspects will remain unchanged in terms of
delivery and competencies required of every registered nurse.
A concept-based curriculum and incorporation of the Quality
Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Standards (which
emphasize continuous quality and safety improvements) will
continue as hallmarks of nursing education at USD.
With the concept-based curriculum, the concepts drive
the content,” explained Dieter. “Students are taught to recognize
concepts across populations and multiple situations with an
emphasis on interrelationships of concepts which fosters critical
thinking and clinical judgment,” she continued.
The structure of the department itself is also changing to
facilitate the transition to a four-year program. Current A.S.N.
seats” will be replaced with B.S.N. “seats” at all three locations.
While the department will utilize current faculty in delivering
B.S.N. programming, a number of doctorally-prepared faculty
have been added to the department’s faculty roster. Moreover,
current full-time faculty members are enrolled in a doctoral
program, with expected completion dates over the next few years.
Doctorally-prepared faculty bring a scholarly approach
to the discipline and a commitment to the advancement of the
profession,” noted Dieter. “Advanced education provides faculty
with the research-focused knowledge and skills needed to to meet
the goals for nursing outlined in the Institute of Medicine (2010)
report and propel USD Nursing forward. “
Though the B.S.N. degree represents a departure from the
two-year model, USD will continue to offer the A.S.N. degree
at the Pierre campus location and through a hybrid format in
Watertown. Additionally, students who have already graduated
from the two-year program can continue their educations
through the R.N.-B.S.N. track, which offers a variety of flexible
options for working nurses.
It all adds up to a concerted effort on behalf of the entire
Department of Nursing to become the state’s premier source for
nursing education today and into the future.
We intend to join forces with the Schools of Health
Sciences and Medicine to set the bar for interprofessional
education,” said Dieter. •