If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. This can be said about nearly anything, but in some circumstances, it’s not always accurate. Our purpose of building a stronger community means that we must steadily improve, especially in a constantly evolving world. At Aims, one woman’s past success will begin to shape the future of the nursing department.
Robin Nevling took over as the Director of Nursing in September. As she began to settle into Aims, she looked back at some of the amazing things she accomplished at her last school in Oklahoma, where she took over a school with pass rate problems and turned it into the number one nursing school in the state. “I wanted to take a lot of what I learned from that experience and bring it here to Aims,” she said.
Aims Director of Nursing, Robin Nevling
Three months into the job, students are beginning to see changes that will help them succeed with the hope that the community will benefit with more qualified nurses. Changes include a new streamlined admissions process that not only makes it easier and faster for prospective students, but will also objectively admit students using a point system, taking into consideration their GPA, science grades and work experience.
One of the biggest things I learned at my previous position is that we have to look at the population we are serving and adapt to meet the needs of that population.”
Nevling also sees a need in the community to train current registered nurses and get them certified in specialty areas. That is why she is preparing to launch a new Peri-Op Nursing Program in early March to address a need in northern Colorado. Adding certificate programs, such as Peri-Op nursing, will provide more qualified nurses for our community. It will also give current nurses the opportunity to expand their career options and make them more desirable to potential employers.
There is an anticipated shortage of nurses in the immediate future. In fact, one could say it’s already here in northern Colorado.”
Enhancing the student experience is a priority to Nevling. Students will now be given opportunities that cater to their personal learning style. This includes virtual simulation experiences and having options when it comes to evaluating what they have learned including having the option to write papers or give PowerPoint or poster presentations.
All testing moving forward will be done online, in an attempt to prepare students for the national exam for registered nurses known as the NCLEX. Nevling will also be implementing an NCLEX review program, something she successfully achieved at her previous school which will allow students to spend one week training for the NCLEX process and test questions.
Perhaps, one of the best changes is the accessibility for students. Robin will adapt an open-door policy for her and other leaders in the department for all current, prospective and former students. “We’re always here to answer any questions anyone might have,” said Nevling. “I’ll also be attending all of the informational sessions so I can be there for any potential nursing students.”
Finally, Aims is looking to expand the nursing program by adding new clinical experiences for students. This will allow more students to enter the nursing program and also let students explore their interests within nursing. Robin is personally taking reasonability for this task while meeting with clinical partners in person to help build stronger relationships and grow Aims’ network.
I am very passionate about nursing. I love being a nurse. And I love the fact that I can pass that passion on to the next generation of nurses.”
Nursing is a field that is constantly evolving and it is important that the curriculum evolves with it. It is vital to create an environment that caters to the needs of new students and Nevling is working tirelessly to implement changes based on student needs. Aims is fortunate to have innovative leaders in their programs who are constantly asking questions such as “If it’s not broken, why not make it better?”