Notre Dame of University of Maryland

Profile:
  • Location: Elkridge, Maryland
  • Founded 1895
  • 3 nursing faculty
  • 50 nursing students
  • Accreditations: the Maryland Higher Education Commission and Maryland Board of Nursing. Nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Challenge

Getting nursing students into the workforce faster

With the state of Maryland facing a shortage of 10,000+ registered nurses by 2025, Notre Dame University of Maryland partnered with Orbis Education to create the state’s only Accelerated BSN program.

Notre Dame of Maryland’s new curriculum is designed for today’s nursing students, who increasingly already have a bachelor’s degree. By teaching theory online, students’ on-campus time is dedicated to clinical experience — allowing them to graduate in just 15 months.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Notre Dame of Maryland faced even greater pressure to creatively integrate digital resources to minimize learning disruption.

All the textbooks needed to be online, and we needed to give our students access to clinical resources. CoursePoint+ and vSim were our best option. We love everything about it. The students get into the virtual simulations. They’re good for teaching critical thinking, and lead to rich conversations.
Deborah Naccarini, DNP, RN, CNE Director, Nursing Services, Hybrid ABSN Program Notre Dame of Maryland University
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Solution

The Notre Dame of Maryland hybrid ASBN program applied Lippincott CoursePoint+ to design a state-of-the-art hybrid program that maximizes students’ on-campus time.


Students learn theory through CoursePoint+, clinical prep through DocuCare, and clinicals through vSim. The tools work together to teach and reinforce the material, with pre- and post-simulation exercises that help students connect the dots. With this intensity, faculty equate the three-hour simulations to a six-hour clinical day.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Notre Dame of Maryland adapted DocuCare and vSim to ensure students stayed on track.

Results

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Faculty report richer conversations with their students, noting the way lessons build on one another to help students retain the material and develop critical-thinking skills.

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COVID-19 caused minimal disruption; even as hospital sites closed to students, vSim ensured students got the clinical experience they needed.

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Instructors are further optimizing the platform, working with the Wolters Kluwer team to maximize how they use the resources.

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