Nursing: Foreign Education Physician
The foreign-educated physician (FEP) program at Florida International University is the first nursing program in the nation that offers innovative and specialized a baccalaureate curriculum to both employed and unemployed nurses. The curriculum awards these nurses a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and hence they become recognized as registered nurses (Nichols and Davis, 2014). The primary objectives of this program are to prepare various professionals in the health sector and health leaders and providers who will deliver high quality and easily accessible care in the current global and technological surrounding. The curriculum design is organized in a manner that will allow those employed or involved in other activities to continue with their operations smoothly (Smith, 2011). Therefore, the classes are scheduled for weekdays in the evening and the weekends are set aside for clinical. Hence, this design and implementation of FEP curriculum facilitate the attainment of the expected outcomes.
The development of program outcomes are influenced by the need to offer extensive care to those in areas where health facilities are inaccessible; therefore, the program focuses more on the Hispanics and those from Latin America and Cuba. Apart from accessibility, there is also need to be in the forefront especially in the developing technological world; hence, the nurses require intensive curriculum and training that will prepare them for the future changes to be encountered in the heath sectors. Lastly, the outcomes are influenced by the fact the population is growing rapidly, and this means that health officials need to be sufficient to the growing number of patients, the curriculum ensures that as many nurses as possible acquire the necessary training to be competent in their fields. The outcomes meet the nursing accreditation and professional expectations since those that succeed are awarded BSN and become employed as registered nurses (RNs). The outcomes also meet social expectations as they ensure that those who could not access health care can easily access it through the registered nurses (Wentz, 2011).
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3. Nichols, B., & Davis, C. (2014). The Official Guide for Foreign-Educated Allied Health Professionals. New York. Springer Publishers.