Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Student Learning Program Outcomes
(2013-2014)

  1. Uses a holistic approach to design care with clients experiencing variable and complex health care needs.
  2. Integrates multiple communication strategies to establish relationships with clients and health care team members for the provision of safe, quality care.
  3. Evaluates data to inform decision making in response to complex situations.
  4. Applies evidence from varied sources to impact quality client outcomes.
  5. Applies leadership concepts and principles to deliver accessible, cost-effective, safe, quality care in a variety of settings for diverse populations.
  6. Articulates responsibilities and contributions of professional nursing to health care.

Assessment of Student Learning Program Outcomes

The achievement of student learning program outcomes is assessed through direct and indirect methods and various measures.

Direct Methods

Presented here are the measures and results of direct assessment efforts between 7/1/2013 and 6/30/2014 for each student learning program outcome (SLPO). Expectations for achievement are considered: highly achieved when at least 90% of students earn a B or better on related criteria, met when at least 80% of students earn a B or better on related criteria, and not met with need for improvement when less than 80% of students earn a B or better on related criteria.

SLPO #1: Uses a holistic approach to design care with clients experiencing variable and complex health care needs.


Assessment Method: In NUR442 Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing Practice, students are required to submit a final scholarly paper addressing health promotion and disease prevention for a client. The health promotion paper addresses the client's real or perceived health problem or family risk factors. The data used to develop the plan are derived from a comprehensive health history and genogram.

Result: 80% of students (457/571) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were met.

Assessment Method: NUR306X/NURx448, the 4-credit Community Focused Nursing exam, focuses on content areas that address health promotion needs and disease prevention strategies for clients in the community context.

Result: 13.6% of attempts (6/44) between 1/1/2014 and 6/30/2014 earned a B or better. Expectations for achievement were not met with need for improvement.

SLPO #2: Integrates multiple communication strategies to establish relationships with clients and health care team members for the provision of safe, quality care.


Assessment Method: In NUR422 Nursing Leadership and Management, students are required to submit an analysis paper involving a communication conflict, including members involved, barriers to effective communication, leadership characteristics/styles that were present or absent. Students propose management strategies and actions and long-term communication strategies and solutions they would use to establish interpersonal/interdisciplinary relationships that foster safe, quality patient care.

Result: 93.2% of students (408/438) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

SLPO #3: Evaluates data to inform decision making in response to complex situations.


Assessment Method:In NUR430 Research in Nursing, students are required to submit a final paper that involves critiquing a research study. Components of the critique include an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the study and whether the findings of the study contribute to evidence that can be used to guide nursing practice.

Result: 93.7% of students (269/287) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

Assessment Method: In NUR422 Nursing Leadership and Management, students are expected to work in groups and submit a paper that describes a quality improvement (QI) project that will reduce the number of falls with injuries within the surgical division. Among other things, students must consider and engage in team processes, communication strategies, problem identification and application of QI methodology.

Result: 91.1% of students (287/315) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

SLPO #4: Applies evidence from varied sources to impact quality client outcomes.


Assessment Method: In NUR442 Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing Practice, students are required to submit a final assessment that involves a health promotion and disease prevention paper. A component of the paper includes using the comprehensive health history and genogram data that the student gathers from a client. Once the data are reviewed, the student designs an evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention plan that is based on the client's needs and substantiated by literature.

Result: 74.4% of students (425/571) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were not met with need for improvement.

Assessment Method: In NUR446 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society, students are required to create a culturally competent teaching plan for a group of clients with a shared learning need, integrate multidisciplinary theoretical and research-based knowledge, synthesize assessment data, identify measurable behavioral objectives, teaching methods and teaching tools, and evaluate the teaching and learning experience to determine achievement of behavioral change.

Result: 97.9% of students (371/379) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

Assessment Method: In NUR462 Nursing Capstone, students are required to address a nurse sensitive indicator along with proposing a quality improvement solution. Part of the assignment includes the selection of evidence-based nursing research that can be used to support the proposed quality improvement solution including how the solution will impact quality client outcomes.

Result: 98.4% of students (316/321) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

Assessment Method: In NUR438 Nursing Informatics, students submit a case study analysis for which they select and research a medical condition by identifying credible sources and reconciling contradictory information. Students then post and discuss their findings.

Result: 99.0% of students (192/194) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

SLPO #5: Applies leadership concepts and principles to deliver accessible, cost-effective, safe, quality care in a variety of settings for diverse populations.


Assessment Method:In NUR422 Nursing Leadership and Management, students are expected to work in groups and submit a paper that describes a quality improvement (QI) project that will reduce the number of falls with injuries within the surgical division. Among other things, students must consider and engage in team processes, communication strategies, problem identification and application of QI methodology.

Result: 92.1% of students (290/315) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

Assessment Method:In NUR462 Nursing Capstone, students select a quality improvement initiative that they believe can be used to improve client outcomes. Part of the assignment relates to a discussion of their role as a nurse leader including the strategies they would use as a change agent to promote and implement the quality improvement initiative.

Result: 91.3% of students (294/322) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

Assessment Method:In NUR 448 Community Health Nursing, students complete a final Vulnerable Population paper designed to have students use their knowledge of public health principles in a real community. The student describes the community health nurse's diverse roles in advocating for this vulnerable population on a regional and national level, selects two of issues (socioeconomic, ethical, legal, political, and regulatory), discusses how they affect the health care needs of this vulnerable population, and discusses the leadership strategies the community health nurse uses to deliver accessible, cost-effective, safe, quality care in addressing this vulnerable population.

Result: 86.1% of students (310/360) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were met.

SLPO #6: Articulates responsibilities and contributions of professional nursing to health care.


Assessment Method: In NUR436 Professional Transitions, students are required to explore and analyze the life and works of a nurse leader, the leadership characteristics they possess, and the unique contributions they have made to the nursing profession and/or nursing practice.

Result: 85.2% of students (392/460) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were met.

Assessment Method: In NUR462 Nursing Capstone, students are required to complete a health care reform paper in which they discuss their vision of the role and interdisciplinary relationships nursing will have to meeting the health care needs of 2020.

Result: 96.3% of students (311/323) earned the equivalent of B or better on the selected rubric criteria. Expectations for achievement were highly achieved.

Indirect Methods

Presented here are the evaluation criteria for and results of alumni surveys conducted at Exit, One Year, and Three Years post graduation.

Alumni Surveys


Criteria: Expectations for achievement are considered: highly achieved when average of responses is 5.0 or greater on a 6-point scale (1=not achieved; 6=completely achieved), met when average of responses is 4.0 – 4.9, and not met with need for improvement when average of responses is less than 4.0.

Results:

(1 ) Exit Survey: For graduates 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014 who responded to the survey, average achievement for each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 5.41 (n=78). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #2 was 5.46 (n=78). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #3 was 5.45 (n=77). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #4 was 5.51 (n=78). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #5 was 5.44 (n=77). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #6 was 5.55 (n=77). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.

(2) One Year Survey: For graduates 7/1/2012 through 6/30/2013 who responded to the survey, average achievement each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 5.50 (n=20). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #2 was 5.50 (n=20). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #3 was 5.30 (n=20). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #4 was 5.55 (n=20). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #5 was 5.35 (n=20). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #6 was 5.37 (n=19). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.

(3) Three Year Survey: For graduates 7/1/2010 through 6/30/2011 who responded to the survey, average achievement across all competency-specific items associated with each student learning program outcome (SLPO) was the following:

  • SLPO #1 was 5.69 (n=12). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #2 was 5.75 (n=12). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #3 was 5.47 (n=13). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #4 was 5.71 (n=13). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #5 was 5.56 (n=12). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.
  • SLPO #6 was 5.54 (n=12). Expectation for achievement was highly achieved.

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