Governor Asa Hutchinson presented the Department of Nursing at Ouachita Baptist University with the 2021 Governor’s Quality Award earlier this semester at a banquet hosted by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence (AIPE), sponsors of the room, in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. .
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress our nursing program has made in such a short period of time,” said Dr. Tim Knight, dean of the JD Patterson School of Natural Sciences in Ouachita. “Being recognized in this way confirms our efforts to have a quality nursing program in Ouachita. “
According to its website, CCI works in partnership with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to provide training and assessment to all industries in the state to encourage performance excellence, as well than economic growth. The Governor’s Quality Award recognizes outstanding progress in areas such as strategic planning, leadership, workforce, knowledge management, operations and achieving results.
One of 12 Arkansas organizations to be honored this year, the Ouachita Nursing Department is the only nursing program to have received the Governor’s Award for Quality regardless of its governing body. Dr. Brenda Trigg, Director of Nursing at Ouachita, accepted Hutchinson’s award on behalf of the department.
Trigg said CCI’s comments on the selection process indicate that the Ouachita Nursing Program received the award based on the department’s overall practices and its quality awareness, which includes support from the department. administration of Ouachita, financial support, student and faculty resources and an effective and systematic evaluation plan. to ensure Ouachita nursing students achieve end-of-program learning outcomes.
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Governor Hutchinson,” said Trigg.
“Ouachita Nursing Program is fortunate to have faculty members who value and implement program evaluation and evaluation,” noting the work of Dr. Carol McKeever, Assistant Professor of Nursing , and Dr. Becky Parnell, Associate Professor of Nursing. She also credited the department’s use of the Baldridge Framework of Excellence, a tool that helps organizations innovate, promote diversity and inclusion, digitize and create resilient and competitive programs.
Renovations are underway at a 6,600 square foot nursing training center in Ouachita. This simulation and teaching center will house a clinical skills laboratory, five simulated hospital rooms, a pharmacy and several high-fidelity mannequins that will allow students to hone their assessment, clinical and communication skills.