Overview of the Curriculum Innovation
The Millikin University School of Nursing places traditional undergraduate, pre-licensure graduate and RN to BSN students in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Decatur, Illinois. Students are members of the case management team that includes nurse practitioners, pediatricians, family practice physicians, physician assistants, nutritionists, and licensed counselors. Students are active partners in the design and delivery of case management plans tailored to the medically underserved client and family. The experience includes active engagement of students in mentoring and coaching patients and their families. Students are also exposed to the social determinants of health as they focus on problems such as access to care, lifestyle choices, and health disparity that impact patients and families. This partnership has been ongoing since the late 1980s and provides students an opportunity to learn critical health education, community health, and interdisciplinary team skills. The experience involves senior year undergraduate and pre-licensure graduate students who engage with the Community Health Improvement Center (FQHC) for a nine credit academic experience.
N. Jo Carter, EdD., RN