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Nursing (B.S.N)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate the art and science of nursing in the delivery of patient care.
  2. Practice safe, culturally sensitive, ethically sound, holistic nursing upholding the ANA code of ethics.
  3. Apply health promotion strategies to guide patients toward wellness and to promote healthy environments.
  4. Provide nursing leadership and manage patient care delivery.
  5. Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors in practice.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program levels through the following: Student Professional Nurse Portfolio; PreRN Examination; Educational Resource Inc., Critical Thinking Test; End-of-program Survey; NCLEX-RN Examination; Employer Survey; and Alumni Survey. Assessment measures of student learning at the course level include the following: written assignments and projects, examinations, and clinical practice evaluation.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.
  4. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in a health science field.
  5. Use effective communication to ensure compassionate, patient-directed, and patient- centered nursing care.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone course.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.
  6. Assess needs, develop priorities, and implement solutions to problems using discipline specific and interdisciplinary approaches in health sciences.
  7. Apply critical thinking in nursing practice.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone course.


Students will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to use interdisciplinary communication effectively through written, oral, and technological methods.
  2. Application of critical thinking to nursing practice issues.
  3. Evidence based, outcome focused nursing care while maintaining a culture of safety.
  4. Ability to use principles of information literacy to retrieve, synthesize, and disseminate results of scholarly work.
  5. Application of technologies that support safe patient care.
  6. Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the major regulatory agencies impact on patient care quality, workplace safety, and the scope of nursing practice.
  7. Adherence to professional and ethical standards with attention to diversity.
  8. Clinical judgment and accountability for patient outcomes when collaborating with other health care team members.