How Concordia University-Portland builds self confidence in clinical nursing students
Published on October 16, 2017 by Concordia Portland ABSN
If you’re looking to invest in a nursing program that builds self-confidence in clinical nursing students, you’ve come to the right place. After all, you want your nursing education to prepare you for a successful career, and practicing with confidence is important in today’s booming healthcare industry.
Concordia University’s faculty and staff look to develop students into confident nurses from day one. “When we admit you, we see you as a nurse,” says Bobi Swan, VP of Enrollment and Financial Aid.
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program builds self-confidence through:
- Supportive staff, providing timely feedback and keeping students engaged.
- Hands-on learning strategies, preparing students to practice skills in a controlled setting.
- Real world experience, allowing students to apply what they’ve learned in a clinical setting.
- Servant leadership, training students to think with intention.
These fundamentals are the cornerstone for success and allow accelerated BSN students to graduate as competent nurses, prepared to practice.
Positive and Supportive Student-Faculty Relationships
As a student in Concordia University’s Accelerated BSN program, you will learn from diverse scholars and renowned healthcare professionals who bring their real-world experience to the classroom. These individuals are familiar with the nation’s growing nurse shortage and understand how important it is to send confident, well-prepared nurses into the field. To keep you engaged, nurse educators will ask you tough questions that will test your knowledge and understanding.
“We really believe in walking alongside students,” says Donna Bachand, Director of the Nursing Program and Professor of Nursing. “We support them throughout their academic endeavors. As a relational faculty, we get to know the students very well.”
Not only will you receive one-on-one attention, but you will gain consistent feedback that will inspire you to take pride in all areas of the program. “We want to empower our students with confidence and encourage them to use their passion and leadership to make a difference,” says Bobi Swan.
Your nursing school journey will present many challenges – you will have to adjust to a rigorous schedule and learn how to maximize your time. Faculty and staff expect you to ask for help, as needed, so it’s up to you to stay on top of things and not fall behind. “Education is not just about passing a test at the end of the day,” says Bobi Swan. “At Concordia University, we expect students to be lifelong change agents in the nursing profession.”
Learning how to overcome various obstacles while leaning on faculty and staff for support will prepare you to become a confident and successful accelerated BSN student.
Hands-On Learning Strategies
Simulation labs build self-confidence in clinical nursing students by supplying them with a dose of reality before working with real patients in a clinical setting. Our state-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation laboratory in Portland will challenge you to work through diverse patient care scenarios. Simulations are organized to follow a natural learning progression – as the ABSN curriculum advances, so it’s important that you have a grasp on the material covered in your online coursework before engaging in a simulation.
Students will take the nursing fundamentals they have learned online to practice on high-fidelity manikins – from inserting IV’s to responding to signs of a stroke – these skills will teach students how to think critically when caring for diverse patient populations and remove the fear of the unknown.
You will be tasked to collaborate with other nursing students in your cohort to produce exceptional patient outcomes. For example, you may play the primary nurse role, while one classmate acts as a secondary nurse and the other acts as a family member. As the primary nurse, you will be expected to figure out the best course of action for your patient and then delegate tasks accordingly to the secondary nurse while comforting the patient’s family member.
The skills you master during simulation lab will provide you with the confidence needed to work with patients in a real-world setting.
Real-World Experience within Local Healthcare Facilities
Some may view clinicals as the most overwhelming part of the nursing school, but for ABSN students at Concordia University, clinical placements are often the most exciting part. This is because nursing students are exposed to different clinical settings both inside and outside of the hospital. This helps students to determine which area of specialty they would like to pursue down the road.
“Our students come out as generalists with a better understanding of the multiple roles nurses can play so they can make a clear decision about who they want their future employer to be,” says Sarah Sweitzer, Dean of College of Health and Human Services.
While exploring diverse specialties, you can expect to work with some of the best healthcare institutions in and around Portland. This will allow you to showcase your skills and network with potential employers – which is why you should view your clinical experience as a 16-month job interview.
Students embarking on their first clinical rotation often do not know what is expected of them. However, the most successful students build confidence in clinical rotations by going above and beyond. They aren’t afraid to ask their instructors for guidance and they volunteer when they can. Some shadow fellow nurses to observe procedures, learn new methods, and get to know the routine.
Servant Leader Focus
Concordia University faculty and staff strive to prepare leaders with sharp minds, moral courage, and genuine compassion, “we value servant leadership and part of our mission is to help students grow and become transformational leaders of society,” says Sarah Sweitzer. “Our nursing students truly have the patient’s best interest at heart and are in nursing because they want to change people’s lives.”
Learning to think with a servant leader mindset will prepare you to enrich the lives of others – mind, body, and spirit and allow you to think with purpose. After graduation, you will have the confidence to engage in leadership both within healthcare organizations and in the broader community. This is what will separate you from other nursing graduates and distinguished healthcare professionals will likely take notice.
“Unit managers say our grads are ready to practice as soon as they hit the floor,” says Donna Bachand.
As a nursing student in Concordia’s Accelerated BSN program, staff and faculty believe you are destined to pursue great things, not just in your nursing career, but in your lifetime. If you work hard throughout your nursing school journey, you will be placed on the path towards success after graduation.
Not only will you have confidence, but you will know how to work and communicate effectively with others, perform skills effectively and efficiently, and treat patients with compassion.
“Our goal is to train students to go out and change the world. If you want to be that change agent, the Concordia is the place for you,” says Sarah Sweitzer.
Pursue Your Passion with Confidence
Now that you understand how Concordia University builds self-confidence in clinical nursing students, it’s time to get started on your accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree.
Taking the next step is easier than you think. Contact an enrollment specialist today to see how you can get started.