Winston Salem State University Discovers Learner Readiness is a Key to Competency Based Education Program with the CBE Readiness Indicator

Nationwide there is a shortage of baccalaureate-trained nurses.  The US Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that by 2020, 80% of nurses should be prepared at the baccalaureate level.  Yet according to the North Carolina Board of Nursing, only about 35% of North Carolina’s nurses have obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  The challenge is that nurses often work shifts that prohibit them from continuing their education in the traditional classroom manner.   Lorrie Davis-Dick, RN-BSN CBE Coordinator at Winston Salem State University (WSSU), stated, “In my experience, CBE is a great option for the adult learner who is juggling family, work and additional responsibilities. For example, the nurse who holds an associate’s degree in nursing may be expected to return for their bachelor’s degree in nursing as a requirement to maintain their current job. This unique nursing student population may view CBE as a premier solution and educational pathway due to the learner-pacing option.”

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WSSU’s RN to BSN program prepares students to enter the workforce as generalists.  The program provides theory, clinical practicums, and public service experiences that are essential for delivery of professional nursing care in a variety of settings and to diverse populations.  These experiences foster values such as kindness, compassion, justice, loyalty and also cultural competency and sensitivity.