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The RN to BSN program, in alignment with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (amended 2013), has identified program outcomes, including student outcomes, alumni outcomes, and faculty outcomes to evaluate Benedictine University RN to BSN program effectiveness. The student outcomes include program completion and employment rates, achievement of Benedictine University Undergraduate General Education Goals, achievement of expected student learning outcomes, satisfaction with courses and instruction, and satisfaction with overall program effectiveness. NOTE: RN to BSN expected student outcomes align with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) and are informed by other professional nursing standards and guidelines. The alumni expected outcome addresses alumni satisfaction with overall program effectiveness in meeting expected student learning outcomes.
The RN to BSN program has identified six expected faculty outcomes that are consistent with the Benedictine University (BU) and the DONH mission and contribute to the achievement of the RN to BSN program goals and expected program outcomes. The expected faculty outcomes are consistent with the expectations outlined in the BU Faculty Handbook and include criteria for teaching excellence, scholarly and professional involvement and achievement, and university service. The RN to BSN expected faculty outcomes include: teaching effectiveness, educational preparation, scholarship-presentations, scholarship-publications, professional development/continuing education, and university service.
1. Integrate theories and concepts from the arts and humanities and the natural and social sciences in professional practice.
2. Incorporate critical thinking, decision making, and clinical reasoning skills in providing quality care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.
3. Translate research findings to foster delivery of evidence-based nursing practice.
4. Utilize information and/or technology to deliver quality patient care in a variety of settings.
5. Use leadership skills and knowledge of the healthcare, financial, and regulatory systems to advance high quality, safe professional practice.
6. Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to provide quality, person-centered care.
7. Examine principles of prevention and health promotion to improve equitable health outcomes for individuals, families, groups, and communities.
8. Integrate Benedictine and professional values into one’s professional practice.
9. Cultivate a professional nursing identity that embraces the values of the profession including advancement as a leader and lifelong learning.
10. Demonstrate evolving competence in professional role within a dynamic, diverse, global society.