Lincoln University has enlisted the support of area healthcare organizations to assist in developing a nursing program. In alignment with the mission of the University and the Department of Nursing, the nursing program plans to focus its energies and resources on developing and improving the health of the surrounding communities. Letters of support have been provided in Appendix B and other letters are anticipated in the near future. Institutions such as, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, Millersville University Nursing Department, and Harcum Nursing Program have demonstrated support for a Lincoln University Nursing Program by returning survey with positive sentiments (Appendix A & B).
The Department of Nursing has obtain approval for clinical placement of potential students at Jennersville Regional Hospital, Maxim HealthCare Services, Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, and Coatesville Veterans Association (Appendix B).
Clinical contracts for clinical agencies will contain specific contents based on the needs and requirement of each clinical institution. A sample clinical contract has been provided along with an example of a Financial Solvency Letter.
Clinical Evaluation Tool
The purpose of the clinical evaluation tool is to objectively ensure that all students meet necessary requirements, including nursing competencies. A quality evaluation tool should be made in collaboration with nursing faculty. This clinical evaluation will be continuously evaluated and revised as we continue to build our core nursing program nursing faculty team.
A QSEN Hallmark Clinical Evaluation tool has been selected as the foundation for the Lincoln University Department of Nursing. Appendix F contains the clinical evaluation tool for lower and upper level nursing courses. Course faculty will work together to adapt these clinical evaluations to meet their course needs.
Facilities & Resources
The Nursing Program will be a part of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics under the leadership of Dr. S. A. Johnson as Director and Dr. J. Chikwem as the Dean. The school is housed in the Ivory V. Nelson Center for the Sciences building in Lincoln University. The building contains its own science library where the students can access supplemental resources in addition to resources housed in the adjacent Langston Hughes Library. The main campus library is the Langston Hughes Library. All Lincoln students and faculty have 24 hour access to the large full-text online databases and electronic resources. The library will be expanding the databases to include more nursing and allied related peer-reviewed materials.
The Department of Nursing will be located on the third floor of the building, occupying approximately half of the floor. The Department of Nursing will initially have four offices for full-time employees and one office designated for adjunct faculty. The nursing class will have use of three full-equipped classrooms, a computer room with 30 computers, a nursing skills lab with media library, and a simulation laboratory. A state of the art simulation and skills lab has been created and designated to the nursing program.