Dr. Doug Turner Steps Down as Dean for the School of Nursing
With regret, I announce that Douglas Turner, PhD, DNP, RN, CNE, has resigned his position as the Dean of Nursing due to health issues. In his short time with Nevada State he accomplished much and will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.
Doug holds a doctoral degree in International Health with a focus in Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a focus in Healthcare Systems Leadership. He has served in a variety of faculty and leadership positions including coordinator, dean, and director for schools of nursing with pre-licensure, RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN, and DNP programs. He has led and participated in innovative program start-ups, including initial attainment of board of education, regional accreditation, and nursing specialty accreditation approvals.
Under Doug’s leadership the School of Nursing is poised for continued success with the preparation of a successful CCNE accreditation site visit, collaborative scheduling, beginning implementation of class size reduction, phasing in course coordinators, development of a continuing education program, beginning the approval process for a MSN program, reorganization of SON leadership including the addition of a post-licensure director, the addition of new faculty lines, beginning conversion from 9-month to 12-month faculty to support programs that run 12 months a year, piloting a 360-degree review enhancement of the annual evaluation process, increasing Board of Nursing approved admissions from 240 students a year to 288, the transition from pre-nursing to an Interdisciplinary Studies degree path, the beginning conceptual development of a medical assisting degree, and other initiatives.
I have initiated the process of appointing an Interim Dean from within SON faculty leadership. A national search for the Dean position will commence in early fall 2019.
Strategic Planning Update
We have a draft! Although it is in its very initial form, a draft of the 2020-2027 strategic plan,
Delivering on the Promise, has gone out to the Strategic Planning Council for review. For its meeting on April 10th, the Council has been charged with reviewing the plan and providing feedback in these five areas:
1. Where are the gaps in the plan? What major initiatives and projects do we want to complete that are not represented here?
2. What initiatives/projects need to be prioritized and what can be saved for later? Over half of the current initiatives begin by 2020, which is probably untenable.
3. Are the initiatives plausible given our predicted resources? There may be initiatives that we’d like to achieve but which would require more resources than we can reasonably expect to have.
4. Are the initiatives at the correct level? In the implementation plan, initiatives and projects should be relatively broad. For example, an initiative about revising the core curriculum is appropriate for the college-wide plan. However, an initiative about adding a specific class or developing a key assessment is too specific and may be a better fit for smaller, unit-wide strategic plans.
5. The plan now has a section directing units to develop regular, short-term strategic plans that support the college-wide plan. The unit plans are a way for us to develop tangible goals and a reporting process that gives each unit clear guidance. Ideally, these unit plans will support the college-wide plan’s broader goals.