Title

NEXus: Evaluation of an Innovative Educational Consortium for Doctoral Education in Nursing

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the evaluation of the Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus), a national consortium of doctor of philosophy in nursing (PhD) and doctor of nursing practice programs, administered by the Western Institute of Nursing, which offers courses on-line. An external evaluator surveyed and interviewed faculty and staff coordinators, students, and the Western Institute of Nursing Board Members about their experiences with NEXus. Overall, individuals' perceptions of the NEXus program were positive. Some challenges in registering at other universities were addressed. The program helped PhD in nursing students complete their programs of study on time. Expansion of the program was recommended to offer more opportunities for students to take courses with experts in their areas of interest. Challenges and successes are discussed to assist others contemplating a consortium approach.