blog posts 2022 SENS Program Aug 18, 2022 1:15 pm by firstname.lastname@example.org Images This year, the Seminars for Excellence in Nursing Science (SENS) program provided educational services to approximately 80 diverse scholars seeking to gain useful knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as nursing students at UIC. Participants ranged from pre-licensure BSN to Ph.D. students. Nine courses were offered prior to the Fall semester. The SENS program spanned six weeks and covered topics including Strategies for Improving Success, Advanced Study Skills, Pathophysiology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Clinical Skills, Epidemiology, Statistics, and Philosophy of Science. All courses were free if attendance requirements were met. A team of experienced and dedicated faculty and staff curated an extensive curriculum for student immersion and preparation for their respective concentrations. Scholars received guidance from practicing UIC professors/instructors including study skills, clinical, and theoretical support. Some of the student feedback highlighted the students’ appreciation for the variety of courses and insightful lectures that integrated real-life and work experiences for better understanding and relatability. Students also enjoyed the presentation of material, different teaching methods, engaging instructors, recorded sessions, peer discussion, opportunities to practice, and more. Courses were available virtually and paired with some classes that required in-person attendance to learn and practice valuable clinical skills. Times varied, allowing for flexibility and alignment with work/life schedules. This program is offered yearly and is a great resource for incoming students. Students were encouraged to engage with faculty and teaching assistants to learn new clinical/educational skills, gauge their class workload, and home in on different techniques to manage their studies. An intentional space was cultivated to facilitate interaction among new scholars including developing important relationships with peers, faculty, and staff. We encourage feedback regarding UHP-led programs as well as suggestions for modifications. If you all enjoyed this immersion or would like to experience something similar, please reach out to the College of Nursing Urban Health Program team.