Education Partners

Education partnersThe University of Wisconsin (UW) System was the official recipient of the Department of Labor grant to implement the SWIFT program, and the Project Leader and other staff were located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) College of Nursing. The grant specified that the nurse educator candidates had to be admitted and graduated from a UW nursing program. The primary educational partners were the four UW nursing programs offering a master’s degree in nursing, including:

Additional education partners who participated in the Educational Strategies Work Group with the four UW nursing programs included representatives from four of the Wisconsin Technical College System nursing programs, including:

The Dean of the School of Nursing at Alverno College, who served as a consultant to the Work Group, also was a member of this group.

In addition, the SWIFT Nurse Educator Initiative was supported by the Affiliation of Nurse Educators in Wisconsin (ANEW) consisting of nursing education leadership. This leadership group includes all the Deans and Directors of the university and technical college nursing programs located in Wisconsin.

Educational Strategies Work Group Accomplishments

  1. Established a sub-group of UW master’s program advisors and directors who focused on streamlining the admissions process and providing guidance to the SWIFT students.
  2. Reviewed the master’s programs from all participating UW nursing schools to determine the requirements for education courses. Determined this was variable, based on each program, and decided that SWIFT students should all have 9 credits of education courses before graduation.
  3. Developed a tool comparing UW education course learning outcomes with educational core abilities required by the WTCS system in their educator certification process to potentially eliminate additional coursework for SWIFT Nurse Educator graduates employed in the technical college system.
  4. Established the educator role competencies that must be achieved by SWIFT candidates at the completion of their master’s degrees. These include the use of appropriate theory and research to facilitate educational practice by:
    • Planning, managing, and evaluating teaching and learning strategies;
    • Constructing curricular or program components;
    • Designing, implementing, and evaluating learning assessment strategies;
    • Demonstrating effectiveness in educational performance for selected populations.

Minutes from these meetings are available as listed below: