A Social Determinants of Learning™ Framework for Nursing

A Social Determinants of Learning™ Framework for Nursing

A Social Determinants of Learning framework is presented as an approach to just education in support of diverse nursing students. Six domains of learning are introduced; a mindfulness program to test the psychosocial health domain is presented. The program aims to impact factors such as stress, resilience, and focus; the student cohort reported reduced stress, improved attention, and heightened focus and experienced a significant increase in persistence as compared to previous cohorts.


Traci C. Henry, DNP, RN

Traci C. Henry, DNP, RN Chamberlain College of Nursing of Chamberlain University Professional Biography Dr. Henry is a Senior Manager of Academic Success for Chamberlain University. She has been a Registered Professional Nurse for over two decades and has been a nurse educator for close to a decade. Dr. Henry has extensive experience in nursing education. Her teaching responsibilities have included undergraduate and graduate-level instruction. Ms. Henry has presented nationally highlighting non-academic support strategies for high-risk students. During her time at Chamberlain, she has worked with the 23 campus tutoring/academic support center’s to create innovative, evidence-based, proactive support strategies for academically at-risk students. Dr. Henry is currently co-leading a Chamberlain Care task force to ensure Chamberlain is at providing optimal resources to address non-academic challenges for our culturally diverse students in their learning environment. Dr. Henry is also leading a care intervention pilot integrating Mindfulness and Resiliency for new nursing students to provide foundation skills to help students be successful in their nursing program and profession. Dr. Henry focuses on the development of extraordinary nurses by supporting innovative technology and ensuring a culturally inclusive and equitable learning environment for all. Dr. Henry earned her Bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master’s in the science of nursing degree from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dr. Henry recently finished her DNP program in Health Systems Management at Chamberlain University with a project focus on “Reducing Medication Administration Errors using an evidence-based mindfulness and resiliency program in an assisted living community.”

Stacey Kinney, MSN, RN, CNE

Chamberlain University Stacey Kinney, MSN, RN, CNE Mrs. Kinney is the Assistant Dean of Pre-Licensure Assessment, a member of Chamberlain University’s National Curriculum & Instruction Team. During her tenure at Chamberlain University, she has also held the roles of Curriculum & Instruction Developer, Academic Success Specialist, and Visiting Professor in the RN-BSN option. Mrs. Kinney has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years, with 21 of those years within nursing academia. She has held professional roles supporting the integration and implementation of assessment and e-learning resources to promote students’ academic and NCLEX-RN success. A passion for Mrs. Kinney is focusing on assessment and evaluation processes through the utilization of data to support success. She has participated in the development, integration, and implementation of Chamberlain University’s Student Success Model and a Post-Graduate Mentorship Program in an Associate Degree Nursing Program. Mrs. Kinney was a contributing expert in The ATI NCLEX-RN® Review Book 16th ed., You vs. the NCLEX: 4 Strategies for Success on the Chamberlain Blog, and Tips for Surviving the NCLEX on Nurse.Org. She published an article titled “Comparison of Low Fidelity Simulation Learning Strategy”. She has presented at state and national conferences; presentations include “Promoting NCLEX® Success: A Post-Graduate Mentoring Program” and “Making a Case for Alternative Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education”. Mrs. Kinney is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education, with Nursing Education Specialization. Currently, her research topic focuses on how engagement in mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) will support improved empathy in pre-licensure BSN nursing students. She received her Master of Science in Nursing with Nursing Education Specialization, Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Ohio University. Mrs. Kinney achieved the distinction of Certified Nurse Educator, and she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Ohio League for Nursing.

Carla Sanderson

Carla D. Sanderson, Ph.D., R.N Carla Sanderson has forty years of leadership experience with global reach and impact in higher education and healthcare through academic leadership and board membership. Carla’s career motivation has been under-resourced patients and students, bringing expertise in regulation, ethics, and the development of people and programs to bear on advancing the well-being of others. Recognized as a mission-driven leader, Carla is an ambassador for educational justice in higher education. Carla is Provost, Chamberlain University which grants nursing, public health and social work degrees. Chamberlain awards the highest number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees to under-represented minorities in the U.S. She has responsibility for academic programs, including the implementation of innovative academic technologies for personalized learning and assessment, and leads the regulatory team in meeting compliance standards for all 50 Boards of Nursing and 6 healthcare program accreditors. She leads an institutional effectiveness and research team that has developed a Social Determinants of Learning™ framework and has implemented highly effective predictive modeling in support of student success. She has served on 10 non-profit higher education, healthcare, and faith-based boards and launched educational readiness programs and volunteer community health clinics for the underserved in domestic and international settings. Carla guided the launch of six new BSN programs in faith-based institutions.