Nursing Program Learning Outcomes
Bachelor of Science Nursing Learning Outcome
Upon completion of the B.S. degree program in Nursing, graduates will be able to:
- Design and implement skilled, patient-centered professional nursing care for individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum in a variety of community based settings and institutions, emphasizing quality and patient safety.
- Integrate knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences, informatics, and the humanities into professional nursing practice.
- Demonstrate cultural competence and respect for human dignity in working with others and providing care from beginning to end of life.
- Implement health promotion and disease prevention plans for individuals, families and populations.
- Use critical thinking, research findings and evidence-based practice in delivering professional nursing care.
- Form interdisciplinary collaborative relationships to improve professional nursing practice and the quality of health care for all.
- Demonstrate ethical behaviors and professional nursing values.
- Participate in political regulatory processes to influence social justice, health care systems enhancements and quality improvement policies.
- Exhibit effective communication skills for professional nursing practice.
Master of Science Nursing Learning Outcome
Upon completion of the M.S. degree program in Nursing, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate the use of scholarly inquiry to evaluate current and new knowledge from nursing theory, nursing science and related disciplines to inform and/or initiate change in nursing practice.
- Analyze the effect of sociopolitical, cultural, and global influences on nursing practice.
- Provide evidence-based, clinically proficient care and services using nursing critical thinking skills in advanced nursing roles.
- Disseminate nursing knowledge to professionals within the health care system to improve health care outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
- Apply the research process to appraise and develop nursing’s body of knowledge.
- Use information systems/technology resources to implement quality improvement initiatives and support decision making and practice.
- Implement effective strategies for managing ethical issues inherent in clinical practice, education, and research.
- Analyze the effect of health policy, finance, technology and the organizational context on the development and implementation of quality nursing practice.
- Apply leadership principles in inter-professional practice to effect change in health care and health policy on local, state, national and international levels.
- Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning to enhance the nursing profession.
- Synthesize nursing and other scientific knowledge in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nursing education programs across academic and clinical settings.
- Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical and academic nursing education including learner assessment, educational theories and models, measurement and evaluation strategies, instructional strategies, curriculum development, and achievement of learning outcomes.
- Apply concepts and theories of organizational management and nursing administration to the design of complex healthcare delivery systems.
- Integrate concepts of health policy, regulation, and financing to the organization of healthcare delivery, with a focus on responsible management of resources.
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult/Gerontology
- Demonstrate advanced clinical practice for the adult-gerontology population in the three spheres of the clinical nurse specialist: client/patient, nursing, and organization/system.
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Pediatric
- Demonstrate advanced clinical practice for the pediatric population in the three spheres of the clinical nurse specialist: client/patient, nursing, and organization/ system.
Family Nurse Practitioner
- Demonstrate competency in utilization of technology to find current evidence based information to guide diagnosis and treatment for the health, prevention and treatment of disease, in their patient populations.
- Utilize their advanced practice nursing and primary care knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and provide safe and effective primary care to families and patients of all ages.
- Analyze data from psychosocial, cultural, ethical, and current scientific research to develop plans for individualized patient care.
- Be prepared to take national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioners.