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Nursing - Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nursing A.A.S degree program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate verbally, nonverbally, in writing, or through the use of technology that reflects caring, compassion, and cultural awareness and that is directed toward promoting positive patient outcomes and establishing a therapeutic relationship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize relevant data for the purpose of appraising the client’s health status.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, thinking skills, and intuition in determining appropriate interventions for effective client outcomes.
  • Implement interventions and demonstrate behaviors and actions in a caring manner that incorporate/demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the natural/behavioral sciences, nursing theory/research, and past nursing experiences.
  • Conduct patient education to promote and facilitate informed decision-making, achieve positive patient outcomes, and support self-care activities.
  • Demonstrate commitment to standards of professional practice, accountability for one’s own actions, and practice nursing within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with other students, faculty, healthcare professionals, and patients in planning, decision-making, problem solving, and goal setting.
  • Describe how to engage in effective patient care management that is accomplished through planning, organizing, and directing activities in collaboration with the health care team that assists the patient in moving toward positive outcomes.
College’s Student Learning Outcomes AAS Nursing Program College’s Student Learning Outcomes
Critical Thinking
Demonstrates the ability to interpret, apply, analyze, identify, distinguish and evaluate the assumptions, methodology and/or evidence of concepts, constructs and theory to provide a valid response, conclusion or recommendation.
NLN: Nursing Judgment
Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.

QSEN: Safety
Student will minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.

QSEN: Informatics
The student will use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
Professional Competence
Demonstrates knowledge and the ability to apply professional, Industry and ethical standards through the development of skills and knowledge consistent in professional practice within the respective discipline.
NLN: Professional Identity
Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.

QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration
Student will function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
Inter/Intrapersonal Skills
Demonstrates an ability to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; recognize the impact of societal issues within a global context; function effectively as a member or leader of a team; and perform self-reflection of personal growth and achievement.
NLN: Human Flourishing
Advocate for clients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.

QSEN: Client Centered Care
Student will recognize the client or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for client's preferences, values, and needs.
Communication Skills
Demonstrates the ability to effectively present, organize, and articulate thoughts, ideas, viewpoints, and conclusions both orally and/or in writing.
NLN: Spirit of Inquiry
Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.

QSEN: Quality Improvement Student will use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

QSEN: Evidence Based Practice Student will integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.


Debra Backus, Ph.D, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Nursing Director
Wicks 116