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The focus on traditional acute, hospital-based health care is being replaced with a new paradigm aimed at providing primary care, care of populations, and care across transitions and providers. As changes unfold, nursing education is challenged to prepare graduates who can effectively function in new healthcare environments of the 21st century. In response, the Jefferson College of Nursing (JCN) embarked on the ambitious task of designing a new 21st century baccalaureate nursing curriculum over a 13-month period. Although a 13-month turnaround time for curriculum design is unprecedented, what is most unique about JCN’s initiative is that it began with a charge of developing an idealized curriculum from a blank slate. Advised by a curriculum consultant, a group of nine faculty and six key stakeholders (known as the Curriculum Navigators) created ‘The H.E.R.E© Curricular Model’ which provides a framework for a nursing curriculum that is forward thinking and contemporary.

The four major themes of the H.E.R.E© model, Interprofessional Collaboration, Innovation, Population Health and Practice Excellence, are the foundation for the curriculum model as well as the curriculum’s organizing framework statement, Promoting Health and Quality of Life along the Care Continuum. A concept-based approach based on Giddens book (2013) organizes the curriculum concepts. Traditional clinical experiences were replaced with “Immersions” that encompass objectives from concurrent courses and connect didactic concepts to patient care experiences across the health care continuum and settings.

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The H.E.R.E.© Curricular Model…Educating Nursing Students for 21st Century Health Care, Department of Nursing



The H.E.R.E.© Curricular Model…Educating Nursing Students for 21st Century Health Care

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