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Document Number: NURS--104d Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 08/31/2015
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/04/2012

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Terminal Outcomes


At the conclusion of the BSN Program of Study, the graduate will be prepared to:

 

1. Use critical thinking skills to plan and provide care for individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk based on the application of knowledge, evidence-based practice (EBP), research from nursing science, behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as, the humanities.

2. Perform nursing care by utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in accordance with a biopsychosocial framework to assist the patient/client/community to their highest level of wellness.

3. Use the nursing process to design care that promotes, maintains, and/or restores the optimal functioning of clients on the wellness-illness continuum in a variety of health care settings.

4. Communicate effectively by using a variety of strategies and teaching/learning techniques in collaboration with the client, family caregivers, and interdisciplinary health care teams to promote optimum health outcomes.

5. Advocate a standard of care integrating principles of law, ethics, and recognizing cultural and spiritual diversity within the global marketplace.

6. Practice nursing by utilizing principles of information technology, health care policy and health care economics within regulatory environments.

7. Demonstrate quality care leadership and client safety with emphasis on improved client outcomes.

8. Display a personal commitment to the advancement of professional nursing.

 

 


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Terminal Outcomes (Leveled)


At the conclusion of the BSN Program of Study, the graduate will be prepared to:

 

Objective 1

Level 1     Begin to relate the critical thinking skills process in the provision of care for

          individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk.

Level 2     Identify and apply the critical thinking skills process to plan and provide care                for individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk based on                     the application of knowledge and evidence-based practice (EBP).

Level 3     Identify and evaluate critical thinking skills to plan and provide care for                     individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk based on the                     application of knowledge, evidence based practice (EBP), research from                     nursing science, behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as, the                humanities.

 

Objective 2

Level 1     Define and select appropriate nursing care by utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy of                Needs in accordance with a biopsychosocial framework to assist the                     client/family/community to their highest level of wellness.

Level 2     Recognize and apply nursing care by utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in                accordance with a biopsychosocial framework to assist the                               client/family/community to their highest level of wellness.

Level 3     Analyze, implement, and evaluate nursing care by utilizing Maslow’s                     Hierarchy of Needs in accordance with a biopsychosocial framework to assist           the client/family/community to their highest level of wellness.

 

Objective 3

Level 1     Relate the nursing process to nursing care of clients on the wellness-illness                continuum.

Level 2     Apply the nursing process to care of clients with a variety of the health care                needs on the wellness-illness continuum by practicing in selected settings.

Level 3     Analyzes the nursing process to design care that promotes, maintains, and/or           restores the optimal functioning of clients on the wellness-illness continuum in           a variety of health care settings.

 

Objective 4

Level 1     List and record effective communication techniques in caring for clients.

Level 2     Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills in a variety of settings with the                interdisciplinary health care team.

Level 3     Evaluates the effectiveness of communication in collaboration with the                     client/family unit and interdisciplinary team.

 

Objective 5

Level 1     Name a standard of care which relates to principles of law, ethics, and recalls           cultural and spiritual diversity within the global marketplace.

Level 2     Relate nursing to beginning principles of information technology, health care                policy, and health care economics within regulatory environments.

Level 3     Synthesizes knowledge of legal, spiritual, ethical, and cultural domains into                the practice of nursing.

 

Objective 6

Level 1     Identify and demonstrate a standard of care illustrating principles of law,                     ethics, and recognizing cultural and spiritual diversity within the global                     marketplace.

Level 2     Practice nursing by applying principles of information technology, health care                policy, and health care economics within regulatory environments.

Level 3     Integrates the use of information technology, healthcare policy, and                          healthcare economics within regulatory environments.

 

Objective 7

Level 1     States understanding of quality care and client safety.

Level 2     Recognizes the relationship between quality care and client safety.

Level 3     Demonstrates quality care leadership and client safety with emphasis on                     improved client outcomes.

 

Objective 8

Level 1     States need for personal commitment to the advancement of professional                     nursing.

Level 2     Recognizes the importance of personal commitment to the advancement of                professional nursing.

Level 3     Displays personal commitment to the advancement of professional nursing.

 

 


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Quality Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)


· The safety and quality issues identified in the USA healthcare system have resulted in a call to transform healthcare education, preparing graduates to work in teams and within systems that promote patient safety.

· The six QSEN competencies are: Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Safety, Informatics, Evidence Based Practice, Quality Improvement.

· These six competencies will be implemented throughout the program.

 


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Schematic of Organizing Framework


5.

Definitions of Core Concepts


Core Competencies

 

Safety-is the quality of averting or not causing injury, danger, or loss.

 

Patient Centered care-is the recognition of the client or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs.

 

Critical thinking-is the identification and evaluation of evidence to guide decision making. It is a reasonable, reflective thinking process that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.

 

Communication-is a process whereby information is channeled and imparted by a sender to a receiver via some medium. All forms of communication require a sender, a message, and an intended recipient. Communication requires that all parties have an area of communicative commonality.

 

Assessment-is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. Assessment identifies the client’s nursing problems, which are expressed as either actual or potential.

 

Technical Skills-is the ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carry out complex activities, involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills).

 

Core Knowledge

 

Health promotion-is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health across the lifespan. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions (Adapted from WHO).

 

Technology-is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, skills, and methods of organization settings; knowledge gleaned from technology impacts health care delivered in a variety of culture. This includes machines, utensils, instruments, communicating, and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them. Integrity is a vital concept in the application of technology.

 

Informatics-is the study, design, development, implementation, support, or management of computer based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware (Essential of Baccalaureate Nursing).

 

Evidence-Based Practice-is care that integrates the best research with clinical expertise and client values for optimum care (IOM, 2003b).

Professional Values

 

Integrity-is commitment to the highest standard of conduct as evidenced by honesty, both personally and professionally.

 

Excellence-is to promote and maintain adherence to the highest standard of nursing practice.

 

Respect-is the regard for the uniqueness of others demonstrated by specific actions and conduct.

 

Accountability-is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, decisions and policies including the administration, governance and implementation of patient care.

 

Diversity-is recognizing, accepting, and respecting the uniqueness of others.

 

Role Development

 

Leadership-is the process by which an individual influences others to accomplish an objective and in doing so, directs the organization or followers in a way that makes it more coherent and cohesive thereby achieving a common goal.

 

Collaboration-is a process where two or more individual or organizations work together toward an intersection of common goals by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus.

 

Professionalism-is being clinically competent with ongoing scholarship and displaying valued based attributes including humanism and altruism along with attributes of compassion, empathy, service and ethical conduct.

 

Health Care Systems and Policy-occurs when health care interfaces with the public and government regarding access to health care, health care reform, trends and issues, and special interest groups, including political process and policy making.

 

Global Health Care-is the aspect of health care regarding issues affecting the health of patients worldwide including but not limited to HIV/Aids, malaria, natural epidemics, and children’s’ health.


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Core Concepts--Leveled


Core Competencies     

 

Safety

Level 1     List strategies to prevent injury, danger, or loss.

Level 2     Demonstrate behaviors that prevent injury, danger, or loss.

Level 3     Formulate plan of action to prevent injury, danger, or loss.

 

Patient Centered Care

Level 1     States the client or designee’s role as a source of control for coordinated care.

Level 2     Identifies client or designee’s preferences, values, and needs in                planning client care.

Level 3     Analyzed client or designee’s preferences, values, and needs in                reference to the provision of patient centered care.

 

Critical thinking

Level 1     Begin to relate the critical thinking skills process in the provision of care for individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk.

Level 2     Identify and apply the critical thinking skills process to plan and provide care for individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk based on the application of knowledge and evidence-based practice (EBP).

Level 3     Identify and evaluate critical thinking skills to plan and provide care for individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk based on the application of knowledge, evidence-based practice (EBP), research from nursing science, behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as, the humanities.

 

Communication

Level 1     States all forms of the communication process.

Level 2     Uses the communication process in the health care area.

Level 3     Analyze the outcome of the communication process in the health care area.

 

Assessment

Level 1     List the steps in the assessment process.

Level 2     Demonstrate assessment skills while applying the nursing process.

Level 3     Interpret the assessment outcome data to design nursing systems to meet patient needs.

 

Technical Skills

Level 1     List the cognitive, technical, and interpersonal skills required to meet patient health care needs.

Level 2     Demonstrate cognitive, technical, and interpersonal skills required to meet patient health care needs.

Level 3          Assess the outcome of the technological interventions meeting patient’s                     health care needs.

 


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Core Knowledge


Health Promotion

Level 1     States mechanisms for health promotion across the lifespan.

Level 2     Employ health promotion mechanisms while providing healthcare across the lifespan.

Level 3     Formulate a plan for health promotion based on client/family/community needs.

 

Technologies

Level 1     List the technologies necessary to meet client health care needs.

Level 2     Demonstrate the use of technologies necessary to meet the client’s health care needs.

Level 3     Choose appropriate technological interventions based on scientific principles.

 

Informatics

Level 1     Recall the role of informatics in health care practice.

Level 2     Operationalize the use of informatics in the management of client care.

Level 3         Interpret client outcome data utilizing informative systems.

 

Evidence-Based Practice

Level 1     Recall the role of evidence-based practice in optimizing client care.

Level 2     Employ nursing interventions by utilizing evidence-based practices.

Level 3     Evaluate evidence-based practice to determine optimum client care.

 


8.

Professional Values


Integrity

Level 1     State the role of integrity as the standard for professional nursing practice.

Level 2     Recognize the importance of integrity in professional nursing practice.

Level 3     Value integrity as a major component of professional nursing practice.

 

Excellence

Level 1     Relate excellence as a key component of nursing care.

Level 2     Recognize the role of excellence in nursing practice.

Level 3     Value excellence as a key component when delivering the highest standard of nursing care.

 

Respect

Level 1     Name behaviors indicative of showing respect for others.

Level 2     Practice respectful behavior during interactions with others.

Level 3     Consistently choose behaviors that can be interpreted as respectful.

 

Accountability

Level 1     Underline the role of personal accountability in the healthcare delivery system.

Level 2     Practice personal accountability in the provision of nursing care.

Level 3     Design and plan nursing care within the paramount of accountability.

 

Diversity

Level 1     Relate the role of diversity in providing optimum patient care.

Level 2     Describe and recognize the diverse needs of the population served.

Level 3          Differentiate nursing interventions based on diverse patient needs.

 

 


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Role Development


Leadership

Level 1     State understanding of leadership as an integral component of professional nursing.

Level 2     Recognize the various types of leadership utilized in providing client care.

Level 3     Choose appropriate leadership styles to provide quality care and patient safety with emphasis on improved client outcome.

 

Collaboration

Level 1     State the need for the collaborative process in providing optimum patient care.

Level 2     Demonstrate collaboration in the execution of client care.

Level 3     Support the collaboration process by engaging with the healthcare team to provide optimum client care.

 

Professionalism

Level 1     List the attributes of professionalism.

Level 2     Describe and employ professional attributes of conduct.

Level 3     Select attributes of professional conducts and incorporate into nursing practice.

 

Health Care System and Policy

Level 1     State the components of the health care system and policy.

Level 2     Recognize the impact of the health care system and policy on client care.

Level 3     Analyze the health care system and policy and differentiate its impact.

 

Global Health Care

Level 1     Underline the component of global health care.

Level 2     Identify global health care issues.

Level 3     Analyze the impact of global health care issues.

 

Evidence-Based Practice

Level 1     Recall the role of evidence-based practice in optimizing client care.

Level 2     Employ nursing interventions by utilizing evidence-based practices.

Level 3         Evaluate evidence-based practice to determine optimum client care.


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