Center for Innovation in Nursing Education

Mission Statement

The Center's mission is to provide leadership in uniting efforts across health care, education, and public sectors to address nursing workforce challenges by creating innovative new approaches to education.

Strategic Plan

  • Continue collaborations with partners in business, community colleges and health care delivery systems to address the nursing shortage in Central and West Texas.
  • Engage faculty and administration in activities for the purposes of increasing evidence based practice dissemination and evidence based teaching strategies.
  • Support models (prototypes) that operationally demonstrate how innovation in nursing education can more efficiently and effectively meet the needs of our health care system.
  • Assist individuals to enter the nursing profession and migrate up a career ladder.
  • Collaboration with workforce boards to develop not just more RNs, but RNs of the right educational and skill mix to handle the complex demands of the practice world today.
Research
  • Evidence Based Teaching in the clinical setting research in the areas of:
    • Scaffolded clinical instruction
    • Clinical coaching
    • PDAs
  • Research recently completed in conjunction with the TTUHSC Clinical Simulation Center:
    • The use of high fidelity clinical simulation for competency assessment of senior students in second degree and traditional tracks.
  • Current research in progress with the West Texas Nursing Education Consortium focusing on the development of a regional application and retention portal for all West Texas prospective nursing students.
  • Continuing projects directed at exploration of initial and continued competency performance for registered nurses.
  • Continuing projects in conjunction with the 2nd Degree Nursing Program faculty exploring the refinement of the 360° online evaluation tool.
Funding
  • HRSA nursing expansion funding grant for 2.1 million 2004-2007.
  • National Science Foundation Grant for Innovation in Technology obtained in conjunction with Austin Community College via the Alliance for $600,000 from January 2004 to December 2006.
  • RGK Foundation Austin, Texas faculty salary support.
  • Capital Area WorkForce in Austin and South Plains WorkSource in January 2004.
  • Permian Basin WorkSource January 2006.
  • THECB Academic Partnership Grant for $300,000 January 2008 in conjunction with the West Texas Nursing Education Consortium.
  • THECB Conference Grant for $154,000.00 to plan and deliver a Partnerships Conference in Spring 2009.
CINE Presentations
  • Green, A. & Allen, P., Assuring Clinical Competence by Reinventing Clinical Education. Baccalaureate Education Conference American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Orlando, November 2006.
  • Allen, P. & Green, A.,Clinical Teaching and Evaluation: Best Practices. Instructional Leadership Network, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Orlando, November 2006.
  • Allen, P. Web-based Second Degree BSN Education. HRSA Roundtable Presentation, Washington, DC – June, 2005.
  • The 2nd Degree Web Based Program. Presented at the Texas Nurses Competency Summit, Lubbock, Texas – February, 2006.
  • Decker, S., Allen, P. & Caballero, S. (2007, April). Simulation: It’s Role in Competency Evaluation. Poster session presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s 2007 Hot Issues Conference: Stepping Up to Clinical Simulation. Denver, Colorado.
  • Decker, S., Allen, P. & Caballero, S. (2007, January). Simulation: It’s Role in Competency Evaluation. Poster session presented at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, Orlando, Florida.
CINE Publications
  • Allen, P., Bridges, R., Francis-Johnson, P., Lauchner, K., & McBride, S. (2008). Evaluating continuing competency: A challenge for the nursing profession. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39(2):81-85.
  • Scott-Tilley, D., Allen, P., Green, A., Collins, C., Bridges, R., & Francis-Johnson, P. (2007) Promoting clinical competence: Using scaffolded instruction for practice based learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, Sep-Oct;23(5):285-9.
  • Allen, P., Collins, C., Schumann, R., & Selz, N. (2007). Reinventing practice and education partnerships for capacity expansion. Journal of Nursing Education, 46(4), 170-175.
  • Allen, P., Armstrong, M. & Arnold, J. (2006 ). Accessible, Effective Distance Education Anytime, Anyplace. In. Saba, V.K. Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 4 ed. McGraw-Hill Companies.

History of the CINE

In May 2004, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center created a Center for Innovation in Nursing Education (CINE) to provide leadership in designing and implementing new and exciting nursing education initiatives to change the nature and quality of nursing education with the state of Texas throughout the nation.

Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Nursing is dedicated to the utilization of innovative new educational methodologies resulting in evidence based education. The Center for Innovation in Nursing Education (CINE) provides the structural support to achieve this goal. The Center is specifically designed to build collaborations among educational institutions, employers and the public workforce system, focusing on Central and West Texas.

The purpose of the Center is to support models (prototypes) that operationally demonstrate how innovation in nursing education can more efficiently and effectively meet the needs of our health care system, while effectively assisting individuals to enter the nursing profession and migrate up a career ladder. Premises for the Center include working together with the community partners, respective expertise, creating unity, and improving the quality of nursing education through evidence based nursing education research.

The CINE is built on the IDEO concepts of deep exploration of business, human, and technical factors, followed by observing, brainstorming, prototyping, and repeating.

Partners