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Nursing Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Baccalaureate Nursing Program Learning Outcomes (PLOS)

  1. Perform the duties and responsibilities of the registered nurse in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act.
  2. Synthesize evidence-based knowledge from nursing theory, the liberal arts/ humanities, and the study of the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences with the knowledge, skills, and values in professional nursing to provide and enhance healthcare for clients and families. 
  3.  Implement safe, ethical, evidence-based, patient-centered care that reflects critical thinking and ethical decision-making, using the nursing process and independent judgment to provide person-centered care to the client. 
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate nursing care for clients using multiple categories of technology to provide preventative, curative, and restorative nursing interventions in healthcare and community settings. 
  5. Develop and implement a variety of teaching and learning strategies for health teaching for clients in various settings using various technologies. 
  6. Identify the scientific foundation for client assessments and therapeutic nursing measures. 
  7. Administer and manage resources and information to contribute to the attainment of the best possible health outcome for the client in a cost-effective manner. 
  8. Apply Leadership, management, collaboration, and delegation skills as a part of the multidisciplinary care team to develop, implement, and evaluate the delivery of healthcare to clients. 
  9. Model professional accountability by advocating for clients and consistently demonstrating and upholding accepted standards of nursing care and ethics for a registered nurse.  

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essential Competencies
  1. Knowledge for Nursing Practice
  2. Person-centered Care
  3. Population Health
  4. Scholarship for Nursing Discipline
  5. Quality and Safety
  6. Interprofessional Partnerships
  7. Systems-Based Practice
  8. Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
  9. Professionalism
  10. Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS)  

Through attending the Eastern Connecticut State University’s Baccalaureate Nursing Program, students will be able to do the following upon graduation: 

  • Integrate theories, concepts, and foundational knowledge from liberal education into nursing practice and care provided to clients (Domains 1, 2, 4). 
  • Apply leadership and management concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, safe outcomes, healthcare team coordination, and oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. (Domains 5, 6, 9, 10). 
  • Critically evaluate and use evidence-based research in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team to improve patient outcomes (Domains 4,5,6,7).  
  • Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice (Domains 5,7,8). 
  • Advocate for various socio-political issues affecting health care through participation in legislative and political forums for social justices (Domains 2, 3, 5, 7, 10) 
  • Incorporate open communication, shared decision-making, inter-professional communication, and collaborative skills into the delivery of evidence-based, culturally sensitive patient-centered care while upholding professional codes and nursing standards (Domains 6, 9, 10). 
  • Provide innovative interventions to promote health and prevent illness within the vulnerable populations in the community (Domain 1, 3, 4,7). 
  • Practice from a caring, accountable, and professional nursing perspective by incorporating the values of social justice, diversity, and global awareness (Domains 2, 10).  
  • Integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes using the nursing process to provide patient and family-centered care and education to patients across the lifespan from a diverse population (Domains 1,2,3, 6). 
  • Exercise critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and independent judgment when applying the nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the care provided to individuals, families, and communities (Domains 1, 3, 4). 
  • Apply the nursing process to design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic nursing interventions to provide preventative, curative, supportive, and restorative care for individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings and technologies (Domains 1,2,3,).