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Meeting the needs of Our Major Stakeholder Through Quality Assurance: The Excelsior Community College Journey

Meeting the needs of Our Major Stakeholder Through Quality Assurance: The Excelsior Community College Journey

The fact is, Quality Assurance is often overlooked or seen as too costly, too time consuming or treated as ‘damage control’ by many organizations. But research has shown that a robust Quality Assurance mechanism positively affects the bottom-line in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. Rewards outweigh sacrifices and financial costs. Over the past decade Higher Educational institutions have become acutely aware of the need to measure up to, or beat the competitor(s) through satisfaction of their major stakeholders: their students. They have gone way above the usual “Student Affairs” nuances to install and monitor student-friendly Quality Management Systems (QMS). There is much investment in Research, Best Practices, Customizing and Bench marking to bring about the required results. As William A. Foster said:

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives". This is true.
 

Excelsior Community College (ECC) is one such Higher Educational Institution that has benefited by improving its systems to capture the needs and demands of its stakeholders. To this extent, ECC has sought to develop a robust Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) system, which will continue to impact major stakeholders, while holding true to its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Core Values. The intention: An IQA “fit for purpose” through continuous Research, Accreditation, Benchmarking, Best Practices, Local and International Partnerships and Institutional Accreditation. The presentation will outline a proposal for accomplishing said goals.

The Critical Role of Nursing Preceptors in Nursing Education: Bridging the Nexus Between Theory and Practice

The Critical Role of Nursing Preceptors in Nursing Education: Bridging the Nexus Between Theory and Practice

This paper examines the critical role that nursing preceptors play in the transition from students to nurses. Preceptors live at the intersection between theoretical learning and practical application. This research which was done in 2017, investigated the correlation between active preceptors and the training of competent nurses. The paper will also identified the impact of staffing/under-staffing of nursing preceptors on nursing on both students and their nursing education.

The methodologies used involved: (i)survey of nursing students on practical rotation at various health care institutions across Jamaica to find out the average amount of preceptors needed to properly facilitate nursing students on the respective wards; (ii) surveys of samples of nursing students at the Excelsior Community College, Browns Town Community College, Montego Bay Community College, Portmore Community College and Knox Community College to ascertain the amount and perceived impact of nursing preceptors employed to the respective schools; (iii) focus group study of students to be done in all the schools to gain in-depth understanding of their clinical experience as it relates to supervision by clinical preceptors. The expected outcome of the study will provide critical analysis and information to both students and school administrations of the vital role preceptors play in the development of nurses of the future.

First Year Nursing Student Experience: Learning and Coping when the Rubber Touches the Road

First Year Nursing Student Experience: Learning and Coping when the Rubber Touches the Road

Follow the decision by an average Jamaican girl to enter a tertiary institution to pursue nursing education after a perceived 'less than average' life. The paper documents the immediate adjustment to an unexpected social environment with the many emotional twists and turns as the nursing student becomes familiar with the requirement of first year nursing students. The paper also shows the many 'taken for granted' expectations of first year nursing students and their emotional adaptation to new pedagogy while making the transition from secondary to tertiary education system.

This descriptive research gives an account, in full detail, of the complex mind set and expectations of first year nursing students and the need for nursing schools to have more student-centered culture to nursing education while preserving the professionalism of their nursing programmes. Also included in this research is the behaviour and attitudes of many lecturers process of nursing education. This approach provided the quilted carpet to cushion the first year experience of nursing students. An analysis was done of some of the main courses offered during the first year of the nursing education programme. Information gleaned from this paper can help facilitators, lecturers and administrators to provide a more student-centered first year experience that will auger well for the overall nursing education.

The Role of Community Colleges in restoring the Family as a Pillar of National Health and Development

The Role of Community Colleges in restoring the Family as a Pillar of National Health and Development

For generations the Natural Family has been recognized as the fundamental unit of society and inextricably linked to societal health, wellness, and development.

However, over the past fifty years, in the span of one generation, the nuclear family has become fragmented and unstable, almost non-existent in many societies, with a devastating impact on the social fabric of many countries worldwide, especially in the west, including developing states such as Jamaica.

Fueling the ongoing fragmentation and instability of the natural family, is a sharp decline in traditional marriage, increasing divorce rates, and fatherlessness. Further, from a growing body of compelling, research-generated evidence, male-related factors are at the root of the unprecedented decline in traditional marriage and the family. Males feature prominently, from research, in the cause and effect of this social crisis.

Re-establishing the natural family in the interest of Societal Health and National Development, must therefore begin with re-establishing authentic manhood.

The presented paper examines the evidence supporting these statements, and introduces an initiative targeting males with an overall aim of restoring manhood in the context of the family and the wider society. The important role of Community Colleges is examined in this regard.

Keywords: Natural family, traditional marriage, fatherlessness, fragmented, unstable, manhood, societal health, National development.

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