TCU was one of three universities recognized by Macmillan Learning for its commitment to improving nursing education despite pandemic-related challenges.
Now in its third year, the award celebrates innovative ways that nursing schools use program assessment data to address challenges and retain students so they graduate and develop more practice-ready nursing professionals.
“This award is meaningful to TCU Nursing because it recognizes how much our students value the educational and clinical experiences that our faculty and staff develop to support their learning in the program,” said Caitlin Dodd, assistant professor of professional practice and TCU Nursing assessment and evaluation coordinator. “In addition to TCU Nursing’s overall high response rate, the majority of students indicated that they would recommend TCU Nursing to a friend. There is no better compliment than a recommendation to others.”
The recognition specifically noted TCU Nursing’s implementation of initiatives driven by student feedback, including a connection culture student mentoring program, a health and wellness initiative to support self-care habits and high-touch weekly interactions by faculty with students who are struggling academically.
“Within our nursing program, we have created a culture that values feedback and where students know they have a voice,” Dodd said.
Launched in 2019 as the pandemic began to loom, the Bebout Wellness Center for the Helping Professions — a center for students, by students — is an example of a program that was initiated because of students sharing their needs and concerns. Funded by the Bebout Family Foundation, the center includes student-led programming and a physical space on campus called the Resilience Room.
“The center works to cultivate a culture of health in the helping professions that celebrates self-care — because we provide better care for others when we first care for ourselves,” Dodd said.
The award was announced during the Association of American Colleges of Nursing conference by Skyfactor Benchworks, a Macmillan Learning brand that provides research-based program benchmarking and assessments. The other universities honored were Southern Utah University and the University of South Florida.