Living Learning Communities
CSU HFSON Living Learning Communities (LLC) is designed to help students during their two years as they transition to the University. Students are able to integrate curricular and residential life in a collaborative environment with other nursing students. The LLC allows for education to be changed from "learning in a silo". Students will learn that their faculty members are working collaboratively with these students. The goals of the HFSON Living Learning include:
- Fostering lifelong learning
- Facilitating the student's transition to the University
- Promoting student persistence
Nursing Departmental Honors Program
The Nursing Departmental Honors Program is an adjunct of the University Honors Program. To be eligible for any Departmental Honors Program, students must meet one of three criteria:
- They must have accrued at least sixty credits and must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
- They must have successfully completed the General Studies Honors Program.
- They must have accrued at least sixty credits and must have demonstrated outstanding ability in their fields of study.
Upon completion of the first two years of matriculation in the General Studies Honors Program and with the Dean's approval, nursing students may earn departmental honors through participation in the Honors program.
Online tutorial Support Services for students enrolled in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing. Tutoring services are course specific:
Online Tutoring Services Overview
- Students may choose to submit an asynchronous question
- Students are able to review previously submitted questions (discussion board)
- Students shall be engaged in the Socratic Method* to facilitate understanding
*Definition: Socratic Method – the Socratic Method allows for inquiry using processes based on formulating questions and receiving answers that facilitates critical thinking and clinical reasoning.
Operation Success Initiative Program
The Operation Success Initiative Program (OSIP) involves development of new, targeted programming and a concerted effort to integrate and leverage current retention programming. This holistic approach to student retention starts upon entry to the program. During their first year, the OSIP offers students significant support, socialization and guidance. The initial year represents a critical gap for vulnerable students, so in this year students are offered an orientation into OSIP, receive more focused support from the OSIP Coordinator, and will interface with the Undergraduate Coordinators and faculty involved in OSIP. During this time, the students will be oriented to the Operation Success Initiative including Mentorship and Leadership Development. During the junior and senior years, students who struggle academically will be referred to the HFSON undergraduate coordinator who specializes in Assessment and Remediation, or Level Coordinator (Junior, Senior, RN to BSN and/or Accelerated Second degree) who shall engage the students in targeted Coaching and Remediation as well as the Student Enrichment Program (SEP). The mentoring program will match students with peers, faculty, students or alumni who are best suited to nurture the students' specific professional aspirations and areas of interest. The Leadership program will foster the skills of communication, delegation, leadership and management.
The Resource Center (RC) is a clinical preparatory facility with standard healthcare equipment. Students practice actual one-on-one patient care simulations before entering a health care facility. The Computer Lab is equipped with computer hardware and software. Students may use software on an independent basis or with an instructor or staff person to enhance their nursing knowledge.
A model of instruction (rooted in cognitive coaching theory) where the nurse educator/practitioner is a guide and collaborator in the nursing student's learning and is not the sole director.
Senior Coaching Student Responsibilities:
- Attend weekly Coaching Session.
- Complete all standardized achievement tests.
- Develop an individual plan for testing success.
- Download the current NCLEX-RN Test Plan. The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam used to establish a nursing candidate's preparedness for entry-level work.
- Develop an individualized remediation plan.
- Identify your test-taking style.
- Review test-taking strategies.
- Simulate testing utilizing NCLEX review book questions.
- Use your textbook as a valuable resource.
Simulation is an integral part of the clinical experience in which realistic situations are utilized for the learner to gain knowledge and skills. Simulation is grounded in experiential learning theory; holistic learner-centered learning created through transformation of experiences (Kolb, 1984). Simulation is identified as focused clinical strategies using low, medium or high fidelity simulation. Low-range experiences include: focused case studies, role playing, virtual clinical excursions and/or task-trainers. Medium range experiences include increased realism, screen-based simulators, synthetic models, moulage and live actors. High range fidelity experiences may include the use of simulators. Medical Education Technologies Incorporated (METI) and/or Laerdal simulators including the SimMan, SimBaby and additional technologies may be used. The simulation experiences serve as relevant strategies for achieving the program objectives (Childs & Seeples, 2006).
Students are actively engaged in the simulation experience in the role of participant or observer. Participant roles may include: Charge nurse, Medication nurse, Educator, Researcher or Family Member. With diminishing clinical sites and the needs to foster clinical competence (American Association of Colleges of Nurses, 2007), especially among technologically-confidence students, the use of simulation aims to blend traditional course delivery styles with technologic advances.
Simulation Center (SIMcenter)
Brand new in 2009, the Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) Simulation Center for advancing and enhancing clinical practices and patient safety, gives Coppin's future healthcare providers extraordinary opportunities to indulge in the real world hospital environment, practice quality patient safety, and learn and apply clinical teaching practices – before they treat real patients.
Located in the newly built Health and Human Services Building (HHSB), this state-of-the-art facility houses the Nursing Resource Center, and the six Health Assessment Simulation Laboratories in the building's 4th floor. This allows students to sharpen their clinical skills and patient safety practices using simulated medical manikins alongside cutting-edge technology with the direct guidance of the exceptional and experienced Helene Fuld School of Nursing faculty. Each simulation laboratory is fully equipped with various operational equipment and high-fidelity (a terminology in nursing that means the electronic reproduction of sound and physiology action) manikins that allow the environment to be a realistic depiction of a real hospital.
The Simulator manikins, which represent human patients, can be found in the Health Assessment Simulation Laboratories. These labs are utilized by the undergraduate and graduate nursing students. The center has six simulation labs. There are two medical surgical lab high-fidelity simulators (Sim Lab Rooms 403 & 404), two high-fidelity pediatrics/obstetrics simulators (Sim Lab Rooms 406 & 410), and two high-fidelity advanced medical surgical simulators (Sim Lab Rooms 409 & 413). The Resource Center, located in Room 433 with adjoining conference study area in Room 432 are used by faculty and students for scheduled reviews, tutorial sessions and/or teaching practicum learning activities.
Student Affairs and Retention (STAR) Office
The Student Affairs and Retention (STAR) Office is strategically located within the College of Health Professions. The STAR Office serves students in the General Health Professions, Helene Fuld School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health. The main reason for this organizational structure is to systematically assess and evaluate admission and retention issues while developing new approaches. In collaboration with the various administration leaders, faculty, staff and students, STAR is committed to using “Best Practices” to recruit and retain regional, national and international candidates for our Accelerated Second Degree BSN, Traditional BS in Nursing, RN to BSN, BS in Health Information Management (HIM) both at the Baltimore campus and University System of Maryland – Hagerstown (USMH) campus, MSN for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Post-MSN in FNP, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs that are offered through the College of Health Professions. The STAR office is responsible for periodically distributing the Recruitment Calendar to keep everyone abreast of those venues planned as a mechanism to meeting prospective students at every event. We also utilize various modalities of communication (Facebook, blogging, IM and other electronic mediums) that we hope will make our processes even more efficient.
The STAR Office's foci is to recruit students who have the potential to become experts and professionals in their chosen fields of study, increase Customer Service satisfaction with our clientele and assist with persistence to graduation for our students. These objectives are consistently met by the STAR Staff whose responsibilities include academic advisement of "General Health Professions" students; assisting current students with registration issues; facilitation [establishment of dates, processing and proctoring] of the entrance examination for the undergraduate nursing programs; assigning academic advisors to undergraduate nursing students when admitted; hosting regional and national employers at our annual Spring Career Fair to meet and hire our students into various career opportunities; assisting with advertising and marketing of programs through various methodologies including print media, social media, radio and television; and continuously updating the College of Health Professions website to name a few.
Advisement in the STAR Office
In addition to recruitment, the STAR Office staff is responsible for the academic advisement of all "pre-designation" students or "GENERAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS" for the CHP [Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) and the School of Allied Health (SAH)]. Students are welcome to walk-in during our office hours or they may make an appointment to see STAR Staff for academic advisement/counseling. While this advisement/counseling is continuous, it is particularly important during registration time. Academic Holds are placed on student accounts each semester so that the student must see their academic advisor in order to be advised and have the hold removed for registration. We encourage all of our "pre-designation" students to take advantage of their early enrollment appointments each semester to facilitate getting the exact schedule they desire.
Other Responsibilities within the STAR Office:
- Assist with the Living Learning Community (LLC) for the HFSON.
- Liaison for the CHP with the Summer Academic Success Academy (SASA)
- Assist the CSU Admissions Office with planning of CSU CHP Fall and Spring Open House and other recruitment events.
- Host the CHP Career Day/Job Fair in the SPRING Term of each year.
- Facilitate New Student Orientation for all undergraduate plans of study.
Please stop by the STAR Office located in Suite 133 in the Health and Human Services Building (HHSB) for more information. Currently our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: HHSB, Suite 133
Student Enrichment Program
The Student Enrichment Program (SEP) is a program instituted by the College of Health Professions to provide students with academic assistance in specific courses and various strategies for academic success.
SEP is designed to be proactive. That is, students who are receiving passing grades in their required nursing courses and desire to improve their academic performance, as well as students who are having difficulty with specific subject content, are encouraged to seek assistance. Faculty are encouraged to identify students early in the program who are at risk for poor achievement in their course and/or whose performance is significantly low on an initial quiz or exam.
SEP tutoring sessions, by course, are scheduled on a recurring basis by the SEP Coordinator. The SEP schedule is posted on Black Board, on the bulletin board in the Resource Center (room 433) and may be sent via e-mail to students who provide their school e-mail address. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions.
Faculty may refer a student for tutoring by completing the SEP Student Referral form and forward a copy of the form to the SEP coordinator. A student in need of one-to-one assistance may self-refer by contacting the SEP Coordinator.
Tutoring in specific subject content is provided by SEP Specialists who are prepared with expertise in the specific course/clinical content. The SEP Specialist may see a student/group on a one-time or recurring basis, depending on the student's/group's needs and progress.
SEP sessions are scheduled to accommodate the student's availability (as not to conflict with class/clinical schedules) and SEP Specialist's availability.