University of Washington School of Nursing Degree Program Goals

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					                            University of Washington School of Nursing
                                 Degree Program Goals & Benchmarks




Goals of the BSN Program (RN completion and generic program) (Approved by the faculty in 2008,
1991) are to prepare graduates who are able to:
   1. Communicate clearly and succinctly in speech and in writing.
   2. Promote effective communication between clients from various sociocultural and linguistic
       backgrounds and representatives of the of the health care and social service systems.
   3. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making and psychomotor skills necessary for safe
       and competent practice.
   4. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity as shown by thought processes and behavior.
   5. Provide nursing care that preserves and enhances client's dignity and perceived goodness of fit
       with the immediate and expected environments.
   6. Integrate methods of research and scholarship in making and prioritizing diagnoses, and in
       planning, implementing and evaluating care of individuals, groups, and communities.
   7. Assess health and incorporate principles and methods of health promotion and health education
       in nursing care of individuals, groups, and communities.
   8. Accept accountability for own expertise and for using that expertise to influence systems of care
       and health care policy.
   9. Demonstrate comfort with requirements for adaptation to changes in care settings.
   10. Demonstrate awareness of limitations in knowledge and actively seek learning opportunities to
       continue competent practice.


Benchmarks to Assess Outcomes of Students Who Complete the BSN Program (approved
November 2008)
   •   achievement of program goals as measured by quarterly progress reports and final evaluation
       (NCLIN 411 – UWS; BNURS 495 – UWB; TNURS 451 – UWT)
   •   graduation rate of 85% or higher in three years or less
   •   NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate of 80% or higher
   •   employment rates of 90% or higher in the discipline, excluding those pursuing graduate study
       (BSN Alumni Survey)
   •   employer satisfaction with graduates as demonstrated by a score of 3 (moderate) or higher in
       evaluation of graduate achievement (colleague and colleague/supervisor evaluation forms)
   •   student/graduate satisfaction with program as measured by a score of 3 (satisfied) or higher in all
       measures of student satisfaction (BSN Alumni Survey)
Goals of the Master of Nursing Program (Approved by Graduate Faculty, 2008) are to prepare
graduates who are able to:
   1. Evaluate the adequacy of underlying knowledge from nursing science, related fields, and
       professional foundations as it informs nursing practice.
   2. Competently assess, manage health-related issues with a defined population or care system, and
       evaluate the effectiveness of these nursing practices.
   3. Utilize knowledge and skills in professional practice among diverse and multi-cultural populations.
   4. Demonstrate competence in development of inquiry relevant to practice, education, or
       administration.
   5. Develop and utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of health care.
   6. Articulate ethical issues and responsibilities involved in nursing practice.


Goals of the Master of Science Program (Approved by Graduate Faculty, 2008) are to prepare
graduates who are able to:
   1. Evaluate the current state of knowledge in a selected area of nursing as it informs theory, practice
       and research.
   2. Develop and implement a research study in a focused area of nursing knowledge.
   3. Evaluate the application of inquiry-based knowledge to selected areas of clinical practice among
       diverse and multi-cultural populations.
   4. Articulate ethical issues and responsibilities involved in research.
   5. Develop and utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of health care.


Benchmarks to Assess Outcomes of Students Who Complete the MN/MS Program (approved
January, 2009):
   •   achievement of program goals as measured by the Scholarly Inquiry Scale (MN & MS) and
       Clinical Scale (MN only)
   •   graduation rate of 80% or higher in six years or less
   •   certification rates of 80% or higher for those programs leading to eligibility for certification
   •   employment rates of 80% or higher in the discipline, excluding those pursuing further study
   •   employer satisfaction with graduates as demonstrated by a score of 3 (moderate) or higher in
       evaluation of graduate achievement on the Colleague Evaluation Form
   •   student satisfaction with program as measured by a score of 3 (well) or higher in how well the
       program of study meets the graduate’s educational goals on the End of Program Evaluation and
       Alumni Survey
Goals of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (December, 2008) are to prepare graduates who are
able to:
    1. Provide advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and/or clinical populations.
    2. Create, manage, and evaluate innovative programs and practices of care for diverse populations.
    3. Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
    4. Demonstrate enhanced clinical investigative competencies.
    5. Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision-making and program
           development.
    6. Evaluate and influence health care policy and systems.
    7. Provide leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care arenas.
    8. Evaluate and influence accessibility and quality of care across diverse, underserved and
           vulnerable populations.


Benchmarks to Assess Outcomes of Students Who Complete the DNP Program (approved October
2008):
    •      achievement of program goals as measured by the faculty evaluation of students’ practice inquiry
           and clinical performance (NMETH 799 and NCLIN 798)
    •      graduation rate of 80% or higher in ten years or less
    •      certification rates of 80% or higher for those specialties leading to eligibility for certification
    •      employment rates of 90% or higher in advanced practice, leadership, or educator roles, excluding
           those pursuing further study as measured by the Alumni Survey
    •      employer satisfaction with graduates as demonstrated by a score of 5 (moderate on a 0 to 10
           scale) or higher in evaluation of graduate on the Colleague Evaluation Form
    •      student satisfaction with how well student’s educational goals were met by the DNP program, as
           measured by a score of 5 (moderate on a 0 to 10 scale) or higher on the Post General Exam
           Evaluation and End of Program Evaluation

				
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