Chamberlain Care: The Formula for Student Success Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE (?) | Jun 22, 2015 New Chamberlain Care Student Success Model combines early identification with early intervention Graduating and passing the NCLEX-RN® are two of aspiring nurses’ top objectives. Unfortunately, they don’t always come easily. To help our pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students succeed in school and on the licensing exam – and become the nurses they’ve wanted to be – Chamberlain has developed a comprehensive program of tools, resources and support called the Chamberlain Care Student Success Model. We developed the program because we believe that every student we admit to Chamberlain has the capacity to become an extraordinary nurse. The model centers on early identification of knowledge gaps or other factors that may affect students’ performance, followed by timely, customized remediation. It is a multi-faceted application of our laser focus on student success. In Atlanta, students Teah Bell and Chirag Patel experienced a few of the benefits last January in NR-324: Adult Health I, a course where students begin “putting it all together.” In between their regular labs, clinicals and classwork, they and the rest of their cohort took a two-hour proctored assessment on nursing fundamentals – areas such as management of care, health promotion and maintenance, reduction of risk potential, safety, physiologic adaptation and critical judgment. Both students were surprised to see that they had missed questions about what they called “basic stuff” – and were grateful for the opportunity to strengthen those areas. “I’m glad I’m reviewing this at this point in the program because I’ll retain it better and apply it in my classes now,” said Patel. “This exercise allowed me to go back, look at the topics and really understand them.” Because the Chamberlain Care Student Success Model also provides a customized action plan, students received study materials on the topics they needed to review and met with tutors from the Center for Academic Success (CAS) to work through the areas where they struggled. A full-day review session, led by a Chamberlain academic success specialist, was geared toward the areas where their campus cohort scored below a certain benchmark. As a group, they also reviewed test-taking strategies and alternate format questions. Bell, who already takes advantage of CAS peer tutoring and holds her own study groups, felt that the review session was particularly useful. “I thought that was such a big help,” she said. “I think it will definitely help me score better on my exams and going into the NCLEX.” “This exercise allowed me to go back, look at the topics and really understand them.” – Chirag Patel Atlanta Campus, BSN Student A few semesters from now, when they are in their second-to-last course, the cohort will complete another part of the Chamberlain Care Student Success Model – an assessment that evaluates their mastery of the entire nursing curriculum. That assessment will be followed by a two-day live success session and an eight-week comprehensive nursing program review, completed during the capstone course, to help prepare them for their licensing exam. The entire model is now in place at all 18 Chamberlain campuses. For us, it’s not just an academic program, but also an embodiment of our dedication to caring for students and helping them to graduate and “find their extraordinary.” Patel, the student from Atlanta, agreed. “Through this program, I feel that Chamberlain is taking the time to care about our success,” he said. “They want to make sure that we are successful and prepared to take the NCLEX. I’m appreciative of it and grateful for what they’re doing."