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Project Background:

Redesigning Nursing Education to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Population Health
In January 2015, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – New Jersey Nursing Initiative awarded the Department of Nursing at TCNJ a planning grant—entitled, Redesigning Nursing Education to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Population Health—that enabled us to identify the major strengths and opportunities within our BSN curriculum.


  • Substantial history in building and sustaining successful academic-practice partnerships
  • Stellar reputation for community and civic engagement
    • Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—a distinction shared by only about eight percent of colleges and universities nationwide
  • Students aware of social determinants of health, available community resources, and need to view health from a broad perspective
    • students are directly exposed to issues of poverty, unemployment, housing, lack of education, disparities and inequities, and the safety-net organizations/agencies in place to address those trapped in the negative end of these social determinants of health
  • Strong program of experiential learning and teamwork
    • simulation with both high fidelity and standardized patients
    • transformational “4th-hour” devoted to experiential reinforce of each course’s content
      • avenue in which new content and skills can be easily added to the nursing curriculum
  • Professional role development within the curriculum
    • three courses (12 credits) devoted to professional roles of learner, clinician and leader (Benner, 2010)
  • Well-prepared, seasoned faculty that excels in teamwork and collaboration, and embraces innovation