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Learning Outcomes

Department of Nursing and Health

RN to BSN Student Learning Outcomes

  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.

MSN Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply nursing knowledge in collaboration with other disciplines to foster professional and innovative clinical practice across the healthcare system.
  2. Provide holistic, ethical, and just person-centered care that supports the achievement of positive health outcomes across diverse cultures and populations.
  3. Engage in partnerships and interprofessional collaboration to optimize care, ensure safety, and manage costs across the healthcare system.
  4. Disseminate nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice focused on transforming healthcare including advocacy and policy development.
  5. Integrate information and communication technologies to deliver quality health care services in accordance with best practices and professional and regulatory standards.
  6. Create a sustained nursing identity through professionalism, advanced clinical expertise, a commitment to lifelong learning, and self-reflection.

Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Design nursing and healthcare curricula guided by research and evidence-based nursing practice to meet the needs of diverse learners and populations.
  2. Apply relevant theories, teaching practices, assessment methods, and technological innovation to facilitate learning.
  3. Evaluate learning to promote health and improve nursing education, interprofessional practice, and patient outcomes.

Post-Master’s Nurse Executive Leader Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain requisite knowledge and skills related to nursing management and executive leadership within complex healthcare systems.
  2. Collaborate with the interprofessional team and key stakeholders utilizing effective communication, relationship building, and conflict resolution to improve patient and population outcomes.
  3. Promote innovative and ethical nursing practice that reflects evidence, systems thinking, and organizational change theory.
  4. Demonstrate competency in financial management, human resource management, and strategic and operational planning.

DNP Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate nursing knowledge and science and relevant science-based theories as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Critically appraise existing research to determine and implement the best evidence to advance the scholarship of nursing.
  3. Use systems thinking and current leadership practices to develop healthcare policy intended to promote a culture of safety and deliver quality cost-effective care.
  4. Use relevant data and information technology to effectively communicate strategic initiatives that support nursing practice.
  5. Lead interprofessional partnerships and teams focused on the improvement of patient and population health outcomes in an ethical, legal, and fiscally responsible manner.
  6. Prepare for a position of nursing leadership along the continuum of professional socialization through mentorship and development of others.
  7. Advocate for person-centered caring relationships in collaboration with clinical partners to enhance health and well-being of persons.
  8. Engage in partnerships to support and improve equitable population health outcomes.
  9. Complete a systems-based DNP practice project that contributes to system effectiveness, innovation, and evidence-based nursing practice.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to function independently in a nursing leadership role within a healthcare system.
Department of Nursing and Health
Phone: 630-829-1152
Fax: 630-829-1154

Alison Ridge, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
[email protected]
630-829-1160
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Joan Libner, EdD, MSN, FRE, RN-GERO-BC, CNE
Professor
Department Chair, Nursing and Health
RN to BSN Program Director
[email protected]
630-829-1153
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