MS in Nursing Informatics / Registered Nurse to MS (RN-MS) in Nursing Informatics

END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (2020-2021)

  1. Function as a leader and change agent to promote holistic patient-centered care and population health.
  2. Translate evidence to develop health care practices in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society.
  3. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines that are essential for nursing judgment and practice.
  4. Integrate specialty practice knowledge to enhance inter-professional collaboration, inform decisions, and improve outcomes.
  5. Exemplify professional values and standards, best practices, and the commitment to lifelong learning in the role of the master’s-prepared nurse.
  6. Implement the role of master’s-prepared nurse as part of the inter-professional team.
  7. Integrate scholarship, a spirit of inquiry, and innovation to support nursing excellence.

ASSESSMENT OF END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student learning outcomes within each nursing requirement support students’ achievement of the seven end of program student learning outcomes of the Master of Science and Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing Informatics programs. Students must pass all requirements to graduate from a program. The achievement of end of program student learning outcomes is assessed through direct and indirect methods and various measures.

DIRECT METHODS FOR MS/RN-MS IN NURSING INFORMATICS

Presented below are the measures and results of direct assessment efforts that best reflect students’ achievement of each end of program student learning outcome (EPSLO) between Summer 2020 and Spring 2021.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs) Direct Assessment Methods %(n) Students Achieving Mastery or Better
NUR686 Nursing Informatics Capstone (n=12)
1. Function as a leader and change agent to promote holistic patient-centered care and population health. Project Paper 92%
Presentation 100%
2. Translate evidence to develop health care practices in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society. Project Paper 92%
Presentation 92%
3. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines that are essential for nursing judgement and practice. Project Paper 83%
4. Integrate specialty practice knowledge to enhance interprofessional collaboration, inform decisions, and improve outcomes. Presentation 100%
5. Exemplify professional values and standards, best practices, and the commitment to lifelong learning in the role of the master’s-prepared nurse. Presentation 75%
Abstract Assignment 92%
6. Implement the role of master’s-prepared nurse as part of the interprofessional team. Project Paper 100%
7. Integrate scholarship, a spirit of inquiry, and innovation to support nursing excellence. Project Paper 94%
Abstract Assignment 96%
Presentation 100%
Expected Level of Achievement (ELA) Legend Met (at least 80% of students achieve “mastery” or 80%/B or better) Not Met (within 5 points of ELA) Not Met (more than 5 points from ELA)

Direct Methods MS / RN-MS in Nursing Informatics Competencies

Presented below are the measures and results of direct assessment efforts that best reflect students’ achievement of each competency related to Nursing Informatics specialty practice knowledge between Summer 2020 and Spring 2021.

Competencies Direct Assessment Methods %(n) Students Achieving Mastery or Better
1. Use health information technology to inform decisions that improve key health systems processes and outcomes. NUR521 M3A1 Database Design 81% (6)
NUR521 M6A1 Database Design 93% (7)
NUR680 M4A1 Executive Presentation 100% (6)
NUR680 M7A1 CDSS Implementation & Evaluation 100% (6)
2. Collaborate with interprofessional teams to assess, implement, and evaluate innovative health information technology to improve care NUR551 M2A5 System Proposal 89% (7)
NUR551 M5A2 System Implementation & Evaluation 91% (8)
Expected Level of Achievement (ELA) Legend Met (at least 80% of students achieve “mastery” or 80%/B or better) Not Met (within 5 points of ELA) ELA (more than 5 points from ELA)

INDIRECT METHODS

Alumni surveys are administered upon graduation and one year post-graduation. New end of program student learning outcomes (EPSLOs) were approved by the faculty in July 2014 and phased into nursing requirements beginning with the Fall 2014 trimester. The Exit Survey was updated in August 2015, and the One-year Survey was updated August 2016 to offer students one year of exposure to the new EPSLOs before surveying.

Goal: The expected level of achievement for the Exit alumni survey is an average of 5.0 or higher on a 6.0 scale.

For informational purposes only, all MS in Nursing degree graduates between July 2020 through June 2021 (n=72), who responded to the Exit Survey (n=12, response rate=6%) and One Year Survey (sent to 152 graduates, respondents n=15; response rate=12%) indicated high levels of achievement across all EPSLOs. Data are presented as an aggregate of all MS in Nursing degrees due to the sample size.

The nursing program student exit and one-year survey reports are available here.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs) Exit Survey Results (1=Strongly Disagree; 6=Strongly Agree) One-Year Survey (1=Strongly Disagree; 6=Strongly Agree)
1. Function as a leader and change agent to promote holistic patient-centered care and population health. 5.00 5.00
2. Translate evidence to develop health care practices in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society. 5.07 5.00
3. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines that are essential for nursing judgement and practice. 4.85 5.25
4. Integrate specialty practice knowledge to enhance interprofessional collaboration, inform decisions, and improve outcomes. 5.07 5.08
5. Exemplify professional values and standards, best practices, and the commitment to lifelong learning in the role of the master’s-prepared nurse. 5.29 5.17
6. Implement the role of master’s-prepared nurse as part of the interprofessional team. 4.64 5.17
7. Integrate scholarship, a spirit of inquiy, and innovation to support nursing excellence.   5.36 5.17
Nursing Informatics Competencies
1. Use health information technology to inform decisions that improve key health systems processes and outcomes. NA NA
2. Collaborate with interprofessional teams to assess, implement, and evaluate innovative health information technology to improve care. NA NA
Exit and One-year Survey Expected Level of Achievement Legend Met (average of 5.0 or higher on a 6.0 scale) Not Met (average below 5.0 on a 6.0 scale)

ASSESSMENT OF PROGRAM OUTCOMES

COMPLETION OF THE MS IN NURSING INFORMATICS PROGRAM

The Excelsior Master of Science in Nursing Informatics program is designed to be completed at the student’s pace. The program length for part-time students is 4 years and 2 years for full-time students. Students in the program are required to complete all degree requirements within seven years of enrollment.

ACEN defines program completion as the percentage of students who graduate/complete in no more than 150% of the stated nursing program length, beginning with enrollment on the first day of the first nursing course. Based on this definition, approximately 54% of first-time Excelsior College students who enrolled in their first nursing requirement in 2015 completed the MS in Informatics degree program within 6 years (i.e., 150% of the average part-time program length of 4 years). Currently there is no first-time, full-time data to report.

COMPLETION OF THE RN-MS IN NURSING PROGRAM

The Excelsior RN to MS program is designed to be completed at the student’s pace. The program length for part-time students is 6 years and 3 years for full-time students. Students in the program are required to complete all degree requirements within twelve years of enrollment.

ACEN defines program completion as the percentage of students who graduate/complete in no more than 150% of the stated nursing program length, beginning with enrollment on the first day of the first nursing course. Based on this definition, approximately 81% of first-time Excelsior College students who enrolled in their first nursing requirement in 2012 completed the RN to MS degree program within 9 years (i.e., 150% of the average part-time program length of 6 years). Currently there is no full-time data to report.

JOB PLACEMENT RATES

Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey sent to all MS degree graduates (n=152) between July 2018 and June 2019 (n=15; response rate=12%), 60% of graduate respondents are employed in a position related to the MS in Nursing degree they earned. Of the respondents, 29% indicated they are employed in a position that requires an MS in Nursing. Data are presented as an aggregate of all MS in Nursing degrees due to the sample size.

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