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Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?
Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?
All six RN-BS in nursing program outcomes are measured by the Capstone course, the Community-Focus Nursing Examination and the Management in Nursing Examination.
A) Capstone course
The Capstone contains formal assessments including online discussions, scholarly papers, and a professional development activity. These assessments provide a mechanism for students to integrate and apply knowledge gained throughout the curriculum (critical thinking, communication, research, role development, caring and cultural competence) while functioning in roles of baccalaureate nursing practice.
Specific assignments include a Secondary Prevention Team project which focuses on the application of the nursing process to population health issues, a Family Intervention Paper which focuses on the application of family theory to an assigned cultural group and a Vulnerable Populations Paper which addresses issues involving healthcare disparities within a specific at risk population. In addition, students engage in a Service-Learning activity which provides an opportunity for students to integrate academic knowledge and community service.
As of December 31, 2011, ninety seven percent (97%) of students are successful in completing the Capstone.
Community Focused Nursing
This exam measures the student’s knowledge of epidemiology, demography, environmental sciences, and political organizations as well as nursing concepts and principles which provide the basis of community nursing practice. The exam focuses on the synthesis of population-based health and public health concepts to promote, maintain, and restore health of families, aggregates and communities.
As of December 31, 2011, ninety-one percent (91%) of students are successful passing this examination with a ‘C’ or better.
Management in Nursing
This exam measures the student’s ability to apply specific management concepts to the care of the client (individual, family, groups and communities) within diverse healthcare settings. Concepts covered include leadership, innovation, fiscal management, empowerment, and information management. Emphasis is placed on the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse as an active participant in the organization.
As of December 31, 2011, eighty-six percent (86%) of students are successful passing this examination with a “C” or better.