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Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing



BSN Program Expected Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

  2. Advance nursing practice related to patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice.

  3. Achieve optimal individual, family, group, community, and population outcomes guided by clinical reasoning and appraisal of evidence of best practice.

  4. Demonstrate effective leadership through heightened self-awareness to empower others in the attainment of optimal patient outcomes.

  5. Use mutually respectful communication, collaboration, and leadership skills within interprofessional teams in the management of care in diverse, complex, global, and dynamic healthcare systems.

  6. Participate as a nursing professional in the development and implementation of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory entities, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends.

  7. Provide patient centered care by reflecting on the uniqueness of an individual patient’s background, personal preferences, culture, values, traditions, and family which promotes optimal health outcomes by involving patients and families as they make clinical care decisions.

  8. Demonstrate respectful, efficient, safe, and well-coordinated transitions of the patient through all levels of care.

  9. Provide respectful, efficient, safe and well-coordinated patient-centered care to populations by reflecting on beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices.

  10. Model professionalism with consistent demonstration of core values evidenced by nurses working with others to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes in patients, families, and populations by wisely applying principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, professional engagement, lifelong learning, and accountability.

  11. Encourage evidence-based health promotion and make a positive contribution to immediate and long-term health status, through the provision of education to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations that encourages healthy behaviors and choices, prevention of disease, protection from preventable illness and disastrous emergencies.

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approved Basic BSN 9/14/2016

Approved BRAND 4/25/2017

approved ReNEW C&E 3/2/2018


MS Program Expected Student Learning Outcomes

approved MS program meeting 10/20/2018

MS graduates are prepared to ensure better care, better health, and lower costs through their knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  1. Lead change for quality care outcomes; implement safe, quality care to diverse patients in a variety of settings and roles.
  2. Apply teaching/learning principles to the design, implementation, and evaluation of growth in individuals or groups in a variety of settings.
  3. Build and lead interprofessional care teams.
  4. Design innovative nursing practices.
  5. Translate evidence into practice.
  6. Promote a healthy work environment for sustainability of the work. 

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approved MS program meeting 10/20/2018


DNP Program Expected Student Learning Outcomes

approved AP Meeting 4/27/11; edited 3/10/16; updated 5/17/2017

Graduates will...

  1. ...engage in evidence-based practice to optimize health outcomes.

  2. ...engage in leadership activities to promote excellence in rural health care.

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approved AP Meeting 4/27/11; edited 3/10/16; updated 5/17/2017


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