Bachelor’s In Nursing Program Outcomes

END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Promote holistic patient-centered care and population health supporting values, culture, right to self-fulfillment, and quality care outcomes.
  2. Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice.
  3. Formulate decisions based on nursing judgment and collaboration with the interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  4. Incorporate professional core values, guidelines, standards of practice, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  5. Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the healthcare system.
  6. Engage in the spirit of inquiry to propose solutions that support nursing excellence.

ASSESSMENT OF END OF PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student learning outcomes within each nursing requirement support students’ achievement of the six end of program student learning outcomes of the RN to Bachelor of Science in nursing program. Students must pass all requirements to graduate from the program. The achievement of end of program student learning outcomes is assessed through direct and indirect methods and various measures.

DIRECT METHODS

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 80%/B or Better
1. Promote holistic patient-centered care and population health supporting values, culture, right to self-fulfillment, and quality care outcomes NUR462: M1A1 Reflective Journal: Self-Appraisal 95% (118)
NUR462 M1A1 Reflective Journal 91% (127)
2. Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice NUR462: M6A1 Capstone Project: Evidence-based Paper 89% (126)
NUR462: M7A1 Capstone Presentation 92% (118)
NUR462: M2A1 Reflective Journal: Self-Appraisal Rubric 99% (116)
3. Formulate decisions based on nursing judgement and collaboration with the interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes. NUR430: M7A1 Evidence Based Practice Paper 91% (126)
NUR462 M3A1 Reflective Journal 97% (116)
4. Incorporate professional core values, guidelines, standards of practice, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice. NUR462: Capstone Presentation 81% (118)
5. Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the healthcare system. NUR462: M3A1 Reflective Journal 91% (114)
6. Engage in the spirit of inquiry to propose solutions that support nursing excellence. NUR462: M6A1 Capstone Project: Evidence-based Paper 89% (126)
NUR462: M7A1 Capstone Presentation 94% (118)
NUR462: M8A1 Capstone Philosophy and Vision for Nursing 93% (116)
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)

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, graduates between July 2019 through June 2020 (n=266) who responded to the Exit Survey (n=34, response rate=13%) and One-Year Survey (eligible graduates n=260, response n=18, response rate=5%) indicated high levels of achievement across all EPSLOs.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs) Exit Survey Results (1=Strongly Disagree; 6=Strongly Agree) One Year Survey Results (1=Strongly Disagree; 6=Strongly Agree)
1. Promote holistic patient-centered care and population health supporting values, culture, right to self-fulfillment, and quality care outcomes. 5.81 5.50
2. Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice. 5.62 5.36
3. Formulate decisions based on nursing judgement and collaboration with the interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes. 5.77 5.50
4. Incorporate professional core values, guidelines, standards of practice, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice. 5.69 5.50
5. Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the health care system. 5.68 5.15
6. Engage in the spirit of inquiry to purpose solutions that support nursing excellence. 5.73 5.29
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 BS IN NURSING PROGRAM

The Excelsior Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion 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 RN to BS 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 82% of first-time Excelsior College students who enrolled in their first nursing requirement in 2015 completed the RN to BS degree program within 6 years (i.e., 150% of the average part-time program length of 4 years). Currently there is no full-time data to report.

JOB PLACEMENT RATES

Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey between July 2018 and June 2019 (n=360, response rate=4%), 100% of graduate respondents are employed in a position related to the BS in Nursing degree they earned at Excelsior. Of the respondents, 60% indicated they are currently employed in a position that requires a BS in Nursing.

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