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College Learning Outcomes (CLO’s)

Upon completion of the Jacksonville State University College of Nursing programs, the student will be competent in and demonstrate critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication and professional behavior. 

  1. Critical thinking reflects skills in reasoning, analysis, evidence based practice, and decision making relevant to the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking encompasses knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations.  Critical thinking integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care.  Critical thinking examines the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems.
  2. Therapeutic Nursing Interventions (TNI) reflect the ability to safely perform theory and/or evidence based patient centered nursing interventions reflective of professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  TNI reflect the synthesis of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.
  3. Effective Communication.  Effective Communication reflects the students’ interpersonal relationship skills reflective of professional values/attitudes evidenced through effective  written, oral and nonverbal communication, group process, use of information technology,  and the ability to adapt communication  to needs of the patient/family, colleagues, health care team and situation.  Effective Communication reflects synthesis of communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient centered care. 
  4. Professional behavior.  The College of Nursing (CON) embraces the professional values promulgated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Association of Nursing (ANA) Code of Ethics.  Professional behavior expectations, in both classroom and clinical settings, include respect for all, a primary commitment to the patient, advocacy for the health, safety and rights of patients, responsibility and accountability for one’s own nursing practice, duty to self to maintain integrity, competence and professional growth, ownership of a healthy work/health care environment, contributions to the advancement of the profession, interprofessional collaboration,  and the articulation of nursing’s values and the shaping of social policy. 

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO’s) (undergraduate)

Based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2009), graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide safe and quality care to diverse populations. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  2. Integrate knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and safety in providing high quality health care. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Effective Communication)
  3. Synthesize evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and identify practice issues.   (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Effective Communication)
  4. Synthesize knowledge and skills related to information management systems and patient care technology to deliver safe and effective evidence-based care. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  5. Examine the role of financial and regulatory health policies and their effects on health care systems. (Critical Thinking and Professional Behavior)
  6. Synthesize effective communication and collaboration as an interprofessional team member to deliver high quality, safe patient care. (Effective Communication and Professional Behavior)
  7. Analyze programs for health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan to improve individual, family, and population health (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions)
  8. Emulate core values associated with professionalism to ensure responsibility and accountability to the nursing profession. (Professionalism Behavior)
  9. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and values that ensure high quality, patient centered care. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication, and Professional Behavior)

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO’s) (graduate)

  1. Synthesize theories from the humanities and the natural, behavioral, and applied sciences which support advanced clinical practice and role development. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essentials I and Essential II)
  2. Develop advanced practice expertise to affect positive health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. (Critical Thinking and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions); (MSN Essential IX)
  3. Assume accountability for ethical values, principles, and personal beliefs that acknowledge human diversity and influence professional practice decisions and nursing interventions. (Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essential VIII)
  4. Employ effective communication and technology within the multidisciplinary collaborative context of advanced community health nursing practice. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication, and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essentials V and VII)
  5. Design cost-effective interventions/strategies collaboratively with multiple disciplines for the purpose of providing quality health care within the community. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions and Effective Communication); (MSN Essential III)
  6. Evaluate research findings for the development and implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions and Effective Communication); (MSN Essential IV)
  7. Evaluate health care issues, trends, and policies for application to the health status of communities. (Therapeutic Nursing Interventions, Effective Communication and Professional Behavior); (MSN Essential VI)
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