We prepare nursing graduates to practice, educate, and lead within an evolving, complex world. We accomplish these goals by:
- Discovering and applying the science of nursing and related disciplines in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, through scholarship and lifelong learning
- Preparing graduates to incorporate professional standards to provide, safe, evidence-based and compassionate care of the highest quality to diverse populations, and
- Providing the foundation for students to develop professionally in order to optimize their contributions within the context of inter-professional practice
Based on the vision and mission statements of the department, the following program goals have been identified. The program goals of the undergraduate nursing program are to:
- Integrate best practices in nursing education to promote student success.
- Prepare graduates to provide safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care that reflects ethical clinical judgement and inter-professional collaboration.
- Participate in the delivery of care within a variety of environments with the goal of reducing health disparities.
- Use the latest technological innovations to enhance access to our programs.
- Offer innovative programs of study that are responsive to the changes in the health care environment.
- Cultivate in students an intellectual desire for advances study and inquiry.
- Contribute to the profession of nursing by engaging in leadership, scholarship, and practice activities.
Based on the program's vision, mission, and philosophy and the standards set forth by the professional organization, the faculty has identified the following end-of-program student learning outcomes:
- Incorporates theoretical concepts and foundational knowledge from liberal education to guide nursing practice.
- Integrate current best evidence and professional standards into nursing practice with consideration of clinical expertise and patient preferences and values.
- Apply leadership and management principles to achieve quality and safety outcomes.
- Demonstrate responsiveness to the larger context of the healthcare system regarding regulatory, financial, and political factors that influence the quality and value of care.
- Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and shared decision-making.
- Provide patient-centered care that recognizes individual and/or family preferences, values, and needs, respecting patients and families as full partners in care.
- Promote individual and population health, wellness, and disease prevention at the global/local level.
- Use information and technology to provide care, communicate, educate, manage knowledge, prevent error, and make critical decisions that optimize patient outcomes.
- Demonstrate behaviors consistent with social justice, legal and ethical accountability, and professional codes and standards.
- Minimize risk of harm to patients, providers, and the public through continuous improvement in both system effectiveness and individual performance.
Based on the program's vision, mission, and philosophy and the standards set forth by professional nursing organizations, the faculty have identified the following end-of-program student learning outcomes:
- Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biological, and social sciences to advance nursing practice along the healthcare continuum.
- Conduct research, translate research findings, and critically analyze data and evidence to integrate into advanced nursing practice.
- Assume complex and advanced leadership roles to initiate and guide positive change at the individual, group, and system levels to improve practice processes and outcomes.
- Intervene at the system level through policy development and advocacy regarding regulatory, financial, and political factors to improve practice processes and outcomes.
- Facilitate open communication, collaboration, mutual respect and shared decision-making amongst key stakeholders in the practice and/or educational environments.
- Direct and provide patient-centered care integrating advanced knowledge of nursing and relevant sciences and humanities to improve health care outcomes.
- Design interventions using advanced knowledge to promote individual and population health, wellness, and disease prevention at the global/local level.
- Integrates appropriate technologies for knowledge management, coordination of care, and complex decision making to improve healthcare quality and safety.
- Models professional behaviors incorporating advanced knowledge and awareness of social justice, legal/ethical standards, regulatory processes, and professional codes.
- Utilize safety science and quality improvement methods for continuous improvement the delivery of safe care.
- Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing, higher education, and related disciplines as a foundation to enact the nurse educator role
- Demonstrate expertise in designing, implementing, evaluating, and improving nursing education to reflect trends in higher education, healthcare, and nursing practice
- Use knowledge of ethical, social, global, cultural, political, and economic issues affecting nursing education to provide effective leadership
- Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing education through intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship
- Provide professional leadership to affect change in nursing education through service to the profession
- Function collaboratively in the faculty role within a community of scholars