Social Mission Metrics Initiative
Associate Degree Nursing
With funding from the AARP Foundation Health Equity Innovation Fund award, the Social Mission Metrics Initiative is expanding the self-assessment to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs.
In 2019, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and Social Mission Alliance began a collaboration to assess the feasibility of adapting the SMMI self-assessment to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs. These programs contribute to the largest segment of the U.S. health care workforce who are at the front line of patient care, and are a critical mechanism for diversifying the nursing workforce. This work was led by members of OADN’s Social Mission Task Force and began with piloting the original SMMI survey at 5 ADN programs, followed by focus groups with participating program leaders. After promising results from the initial pilot, an associate degree version of the SMMI survey was fielded to 17 ADN programs in 2021. The survey was adjusted at each step based on participant feedback, lessons learned from the broader SMMI, and input from the Social Mission Task Force. The result of this process is a ready-to-go ADN Social Mission Self-Assessment survey.
Working in collaboration with OADN and the New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC), the team will administer a social mission self-assessment survey to associate degree nursing program leaders across the country in order to provide a mechanism to assess their program’s social mission and benchmark it to national norms. This process will establish a social mission performance baseline, identify strengths to build on and improvement opportunities for ADN programs to advance health equity and social justice, and allow for evaluation of the effectiveness of subsequent performance-improving changes.
This project started with an initial dissemination of surveys to schools in early March 2023.
- Conduct a national implementation of the SMM Survey with OADN member programs.
- Develop a baseline for social mission in associates degree nursing education, including an assessment of difference in program performance by characteristics including geography, institutional structure, size, and student body characteristics.
- Provide program specific benchmarking for ADN programs to advance targeted health equity promoting education, training, and institutional policy strategies.
- Elevate the social mission conversation among ADN programs through turning data into collaborative efforts to facilitate structural change in nursing education.
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