Accelerated Education in Nursing: Challenges, Strategies, and Future Directions

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Dr. Li-Fang Zhang, PhD, Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Linda Finch, PhD, RN, APN, Linda P. Finch, PhD, RN, APN
Springer Publishing Company, Dec 20, 2011 - Medical - 272 pages

"As one of the first books examining the core issues of accelerated nursing education, this one offers valuable information on the challenges and successes of this educational model."--Doody's Medical Reviews

"Accelerated degree programs provide evidence that creativity in nursing program design can facilitate learning experiences that assure competence in the profession while also taking advantage of the knowledge, skills, and experiences the learner brings to our profession. Lessons learned from accelerated nursing programs can be applied in all our programs and enrich the education of professional nursesÍ"

Geraldine Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN

Over the last two decades, an unprecedented pool of nursing students-many with academic degrees and prior work experience-have entered accelerated programs. This is the first volume to examine core issues in accelerated nursing education, such as curriculum innovation, clinical immersion, recruitment and retention of students and faculty, and inter-professional education. It also addresses questions regarding:

  • How accelerated nursing programs prepare graduates to meet changing health care needs
  • Which curriculums and clinical models are best suited to accelerated education
  • What teaching strategies and evidence-based practices ensure high quality results

Key Features:

  • Discusses enrollment and admission at the BSN and MSN levels
  • Explores curriculum innovation, new teaching methods, and start-up programs
  • Analyzes student retention and progression, with remediation strategies
  • Presents faculty recruitment, retention, and development successes
  • Addresses issues concerning second degree and second career students


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About the author (2011)

Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is executive consultant, Partners Harvard Medical International (an academic non-profit that provides education and professional services to international clients; a subsidiary of Partner's HealthCare System, Boston). Prior to that she was Dean, Chair and Professor, School of Nursing, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she created two tracks of accelerated BSN programs, and one MSN, program on three campuses. Dr. Zhan is also Associate Clinical Scientist, Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Associate, Institute for Nursing and Health Care Leadership, Boston; Advisory Board Member, Massachusetts Department of Health Minority Health Office; Board of Directors, Massachusetts Association for Older Americans; and Consultant, Guangzhou Lu Hua Hospital Center of Excellence in Nursing. For AACN, Dr. Zhan participates as a Nomination Committee Member, Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing, and in their organizational leadership network. For NLN, she served on the Board of Governors for five plus years and on the International Nursing Education Service and Accreditation Task Force for several years. Other honors include honorary doctorates at 10 universities in China and, in 2007, Leader, The US Nursing Education and Leadership Delegation to China. She is a former AJN Book of the Year Award winner, and sits or has sat on the editorial boards "of Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education Perspectives", and the NIH Scientific Review Committee. She has published multiple volumes, contributed to others, appears frequently in peer reviewed journals, and has won many large and small grants for research in health care education and practice.

Finch works for a non-profit conservation organization and illustrates children's books. She has studied at the Parsons School of Design, Pratt Manhattan, and The School of Sacred Arts in New York City. She was born in Osaka, Japan.

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