Implementation Activities

Summary

Nurse educator and student conferenceThe concept of the SWIFT Initiative took several years of development. The gathering of stakeholders and consensus of the groups regarding implementation activities were important first steps. As goals, objectives and strategic activities were identified, the grant proposal was drafted for funding support from the United States Department of Labor. The proposal was submitted and revised twice before it was funded in July 2005 after a third submission. As these steps were taken, the stakeholders realized it would take several years to recruit and educate the number of nurse educator candidates specified in the goals. It was estimated that the first master’s degree candidates would graduate and be ready to join the nurse educator workforce by May or December of 2008.

Year 1: July 2005 - June 2006

  • Established partnerships and work groups with educational programs, employers, Wisconsin Development Boards (WDBs), and other interested parties.
  • Established the plans to implement the strategic activities focused on increasing the number of qualified nurse educators.
  • Developed marketing plan and distributed marketing materials
    • Targeted marketing toward employer partners
    • Targeted marketing toward prospective candidates
  • Determined plans for recruitment of nurse educator candidates.
    • Reviewed, and where possible, streamlined educational program admission criteria.
    • Reviewed existing academic programs of study and determined minimum number of education course credits needed for nurse educators in dual practice and education roles.
    • Developed employer candidate recruitment and selection processes.
  • Began nurse educator candidate recruitment

Years 2 & 3: July 2006 - June 2008

  • Enrolled first cohort of candidates in programs of study Spring and Summer semesters of 2007.
  • Continued candidate recruitment for Fall and Spring semester admissions.
    • Marketing activities
    • Partnership work groups evaluated progress toward recruiting the desired number of candidates
    • Recruitment strategic activities revised based on results of evaluation process
  • Monitored candidates’ progress as they balanced work, school, and personal commitments.
  • Adjusted school and work requirements as needed based on the experiences of the candidates.

The SWIFT Nurse Educator goals, objectives, and implementation activities are presented in the table below. This document was part of the grant proposal funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and was revised and approved by the DOL in August 2006.