School of Nursing

Strategic Plan

2012 - 2017

Goal #1 - Educational Excellence

Indiana University Southeast will offer undergraduate nursing education that is student centered and proactive in affecting change to meet the needs of the region and reflect the ever-changing healthcare environment.

  1. 1.1

    The School of Nursing will continue to refine and strengthen its processes for systematic assessment of student learning and use the information derived from assessment to improve student learning.

    1. 1.1.1

      Continue to analyze internal and external outcome data to establish baselines of program success.


        Continue to analyze internal and external outcome data to establish baselines of program success.

    2. 1.1.2

      Continue to collect and analyze data from both internal and external sources for identification and strengthening of academic performance and persistence to graduation by students at all levels.

  2. 1.2

    The School of Nursing will continue to address the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to improve continuously the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work. Based on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and competencies identified by the Institute of Medicine six key areas have been identified: patient centered care, teamwork, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.

    1. 1.2.1

      Continue to promote activities within the School of Nursing that recognize the patient as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.

    2. 1.2.2

      (PCC) – The School of Nursing will integrate and promote activities that encourage knowledge, skills, and attitudes reflective of patient preferences, values, and needs (see 1.2.1.) through integrated understanding of the multidimensionality of patients, comprehensive understanding of the concepts of pain, suffering and comfort, and effective communication.

    3. 1.2.3

      (Teamwork) – Continue activities that promote the importance of group dynamics such as: Ropes, Clinical Simulation and SNA.

    4. 1.2.4

      (Teamwork) – Continue and promote activities that appreciate the importance of intra-and inter-professional collaboration and communication such as the use of ISBAR, professional applications of electronic social networking and conflict resolution techniques. 

    5. 1.2.5

      Promote integration of evidence-based practice that takes into account patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal healthcare in all clinical courses.

      • Students and faculty have access to technology and resources necessary to utilize current evidence upon  which to base decisions (Ipads, electronic references etc.)
      • Faculty development on evidence-based practice
      • Use on-course to provide reliable resources for locating scientific evidence about various conditions and nursing interventions in all courses (such as Cochrane database, National Nursing Guidelines Clearing House etc.)
      • Collaborate with community stakeholders to implement recommendations from QSEN regarding evidence practice and BSN Essentials.
    6. 1.2.6

      (Quality Improvement) - Identify and incorporate current nationally published best practice recommendations into both didactic and clinical experiences such as CDC recommendations for CAUTI, VAP, appropriate utilizations of MEWS, etc. 

    7. 1.2.7

      (Quality Improvement) - Expand current didactic and clinical experiences that demonstrate the importance of variation and measurement in assessing quality of care.

    8. 1.2.8

      (Safety) - Continue to promote student and faculty individual responsibility and accountability in adhering to nationally recognized best safe practices.

    9. 1.2.9

      (Safety)-  Incorporate into the curriculum, current methodologies that promote system effectiveness in maintaining and assuring safety, including root cause analysis and organizational error reporting systems. 

    10. 1.2.10

      (Informatics) - Identify and foster core skills in patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice (evidence required by AACN).


        Continue to prepare faculty to deliver informatics education by providing access to a variety of computer communication technology infrastructures (i.e. clinical hardware and software, electronic medical records, bar coding technology, virtual reality, and IT support).


        Provide students education opportunities by continuing to enhance nursing curricula in integrating both theory and practice of nursing informatics throughout the program that promote patient safety and/or reduce medical errors. 


        Assist students to become aware of and comfortable using the diverse information systems available in working with clients in the community and hospital settings.

  3. 1.3

    The School of Nursing will continue to be a local and regional leader in nursing education utilizing simulation, which is an acceptable method of evaluating the three domains of learning: cognitive (knowledge), affective (attitude) and psychomotor (skills).

    1. 1.3.1

      Maintain current teaching strategies which engage the students in interactive learning including mobile devices, e-learning, unfolding case studies, human simulators. 

    2. 1.3.2

      Transition from teaching with a sharp separation of theory and clinical application to an integrated teaching learning model that is contextual with emphasis on clinical reasoning. (informatics and QA)

    3. 1.3.3

      Actively engage in reviewing and researching new strategies to  promote and enhance innovation in the class room.

  4. 1.4

    All clinical courses and other small learning groups will provide opportunity to practice  the principles of healthy group dynamics for example-shared leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving skills to build professional and therapeutic relationships.


    • Design one hour course on interpersonal communication and group dynamics
    • Faculty development to enhance integration of group dynamics across the curriculum.
    • Design learning  opportunities for students to practice  collaboration and shared leadership skills in multi-disciplinary (interprofessional  and intraprofessional)  teams to improve patient outcomes.
    • Increase opportunities for student to practice patient  advocacy  within complex health systems.

Goal #2 - Effective Enrollment Management

Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will maintain an up-to-date, data driven, strategic enrollment management program, which will provide a sustainable enrollment base and enhance student persistence to graduation.

  1. 2.1

    Maintain BSN basic admission at 50/year.

    1. 2.1.1

      Faculty participation in STAIRS sessions at a minimum of 2x / year.

    2. 2.1.2

      Assess current and develop future advising processes within the School of Nursing.

  2. 2.2

    Maintain onsite RN/BSN enrollment with a target of an incoming cohort of 20 students annually.

  3. 2.3

    Promote online RNtoBSN completion program with a goal of a minimum of 20 students annually.

  4. 2.4

    Maintain 80% retention rate of BSN basic students who are admitted to the program.

    1. 2.4.1

      Implement the retention algorithm.

    2. 2.4.2

      Explore available assessment vendors (ATI, Kaplan).

    3. 2.4.3

      Assess current and develop future advising processes within the School of Nursing.

Goal #3 - Diversity

The Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will be a model for the support of diversity within the school, the profession and the community.

  1. 3.1

    Commitment to diversity, equity, social justice and the reduction of health disparities will be among the guiding principles of Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing and will be the responsibility of the entire School of Nursing community.

    1. 3.1.1

      Develop an operational definition of diversity and cultural competence consistent with Indiana University Southeast Strategic Plan.

    2. 3.1.2

      Routinely assess all aspects of commitment to diversity, equity, social justice and the reduction of health disparities objectives, particularly in regard to the effectiveness of initiatives.

    3. 3.1.3

      Promote community collaboration with local, regional, state and national entities/organizations that foster the development of partnerships that increase diversity in nursing.

  2. 3.2

    Implement a comprehensive diversity plan to increase and enhance cultural diversity and competence through education and practice. Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will continue to:

    1. 3.2.1

      Provide opportunities for faculty to broaden course perspectives and increase their knowledge of cultural diversity and competence issues in nursing.

    2. 3.2.2

      Encourage increased use of diversity related materials in faculty curriculum transformation.

    3. 3.2.3

      Encourage and increase diversity-oriented learning experiences on campus, in the community and abroad for students, faculty and staff.

  3. 3.3
    Climate - Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing recognizes that the learning environment of the School of Nursing should reflect the high value that IU Southeast SoN and IU Southeast globally places on diversity, equity, social justice and global awareness in order to fulfill our mission.
    1. 3.3.1

      IU Southeast School of Nursing will promote a climate of inclusiveness with principles of mutual respect, fairness and social justice that is conducive for everyone to develop to her/his fullest potential.

    2. 3.3.2

      IU Southeast SoN will continue to strengthen professional developmental programs to include issues of diversity and equity.

    3. 3.3.3

      Encourage diversity awareness and outreach among IU Southeast SoN student organizations.

  4. 3.4

    Population – Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will promote diversity within the School of Nursing by active recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds to reflect the population of our service area and understanding of a global society.

    1. 3.4.1

      Promote diversity through a focus on building community through composition of a diverse faculty, staff, and School of Nursing student body. Continue to increase enrollment and retention of a diverse nursing student population to be reflective of the surrounding area through recruitment.

    2. 3.4.2

      Continue to strengthen retention efforts for underrepresented students.

Goal #4 - Resource Management

The Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will continue to strategically manage and leverage its resource base to support current operations, enrollment trends, high quality programs, faculty and staff excellence, and high-caliber facilities and equipment.

  1. 4.1

    IU Southeast School of Nursing will continue to promote and enhance the recruitment, employment, retention and development of faculty, professional staff, and support staff to achieve strategic goals and maximize the school’s human resource potential.

    1. 4.1.1

      Maintain effective funding processes for recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.

    2. 4.1.2

      Continue to review salaries and wages scales for competitiveness and appropriateness relative to peer institutions and the demands of the market.

    3. 4.1.3

      Continue to identify and implement ongoing training and development programs for faculty and staff.

    4. 4.1.4

      Maintain faculty/student ratio that facilitates learning and meets agency, state and accrediting body requirements.

  2. 4.2

    The IU Southeast School of Nursing will identify and seek funding for equipment, supplies and technology that support the needs and priorities of the school.

    1. 4.2.1

      Identify the equipment, supplies and technology needed to incorporate simulation throughout the curriculum.

    2. 4.2.2

      Identify both software and hardware needs as well as financial support necessary to implement computerized testing for all student levels, a need identified for both assessment and student retention and progression to graduation.

  3. 4.3

    Investigate and identify areas for potential growth including but not limited to RN-BSN satellite opportunities and development of a Master’s in Nursing graduate program.

Goal #5 - Marketing

Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will continue to establish its position as the educational leader in our region and will promote the School of Nursing resources to the communities we serve.

  1. 5.1

    The School of Nursing will continue to utilize research to establish baseline data on how the Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing is perceived by various constituencies, to understand our constituencies’ expectations and to gauge our progress in meeting those expectations.

    1. 5.1.1

      Establish and maintain an advisory board which will be comprised of local nursing leaders, recent graduates and faculty and the dean of the school of nursing.

  2. 5.2

    Indiana University southeast School of Nursing will continue the development and execution of a marketing plan that creates a consistent, positive image of the campus with our prospective students.

    1. 5.2.1

      Continue to ensure that the marketing and student recruitment materials, including the images used to promote the SON, accurately reflect images used to promote the campus and SON’s diversity.

    2. 5.2.2
      Continue to focus on both the regular undergraduate program and the RN-BSN in all marketing communication.
    3. 5.2.3

      Promote activities that support the campus and highlight the ongoing service of our faculty and students such as participation in the Fall Festival, Open House for prospective students, SNA supported Health Resource Center, faculty involvement in both hospital and community projects.

Goal #6 -

Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing will continue to seize opportunities to fulfill the mission of public service, community collaboration and leadership in health care.

  1. 6.1
    The School of Nursing will continue to develop and refine mechanisms to coordinate, improve, and focus community engagement activities.
    1. 6.1.1

      Continues to partner with community agencies and seek ways to be innovative with regards to community health experiences that enhance student learning opportunities.

  2. 6.2

    The School of Nursing will strengthen relationships and establish new partnerships with diverse and underrepresented communities in the region.

    1. 6.2.1

      Increase collaboration with Southern Indiana and Louisville community agencies that serve diverse and underrepresented populations.

  3. 6.3

    The School of Nursing will strengthen and expand its relationship with its alumni in ways that benefit the future the nursing program and its graduates.

    1. 6.3.1
      Work to promote and further increase alumni involvement through capstone preceptorship, guest lecture opportunities and the use of professional social to enrich the nursing education program.
  4. 6.4
    The School of Nursing will collaborate with Southern Indiana and Louisville Metropolitan area leadership to promote industry and business partnerships to increase educational opportunities and improve health promotion in the region.

Goal #7 - Socialization and Professional Development

Professional Socialization - IU Southeast School of Nursing will continue to foster a vigorous and innovative socialization process that prepares students to thrive personally and professionally as citizens in a global society.

  1. 7.1

    Create a student-centered environment that fosters professional behavior, integrity, and caring among faculty, students, and the community.

    1. 7.1.1

      Co-sponsor an annual conference/event on ethical behavior and caring in nursing.

    2. 7.1.2

      Develop clear policies on behavior, use of social media, and essential abilities.

    3. 7.1.3

      Seek opportunities within the School of Nursing and the broader community to model caring, respect for human dignity and ethical decision making.

    4. 7.1.4

      Students will have a clear understanding of professional boundaries in their interactions with clients, families and healthcare staff.

  2. 7.2

    Implement a professional socialization process that facilitates positive entry into practice and instills in each student the importance of life-long learning and community service.

    1. 7.2.1

      Career entry will be facilitated through resume/portfolio development, honing interview skills and assistance with networking.

    2. 7.2.2

      Participate in a nurse residency program to facilitate application of knowledge, competency and situational decision making.

    3. 7.2.3

      Exposure and participation to activities, which increase political and professional awareness, will be encouraged across all levels (Student Nurse Association, attending professional meetings, community service projects, faculty mentoring of management projects etc.)

    4. 7.2.4

      Understanding that continued learning throughout one's profession is an ongoing process.