Mission and Goals BSN
Mission of the School of Nursing
The mission of the School of Nursing at Stanislaus State is to improve the health and wellness of diverse populations through the advancement of nursing science, promotion of excellent clinical scholarship and practice, and the development of leadership in the healthcare environment. The School provides baccalaureate and graduate student-centered learning environments that utilize technological innovation, promote clinical reasoning, and encourage lifelong learning.
Goal Statement of the School of Nursing
To facilitate this mission, we promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty, encourage personalized student learning, foster interactions and partnerships with our surrounding health care agencies, and provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and professional development of the nursing community.
Goals of the School of Nursing
The goals of the School of Nursing are to prepare practitioners who will:
- Provide patient-centered care
- Work in interdisciplinary teams
- Employ evidence-based practice
- Apply quality improvement
- Utilize information from a variety of sources
Toward the achievement of these goals, the following student learning outcomes have been identified:
Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives
A graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree will:
- Integrate the knowledge, theories, and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision making.
- Participate in the process of inquiry, analysis, and information literacy to promote quality care and patient safety.
- Apply leadership concepts, abilities, and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
- Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.
- Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends.
- Use inter- and intraprofessional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
- Assess health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in order to provide comprehensive care to diverse populations.
- Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
- Foster professional growth and development through the pursuit of lifelong learning and professional engagement, towards an understanding of the ambiguity and unpredictability of the world and its effect on the healthcare system.
- Implement holistic, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings.
Mission and Goals MSN
The primary purpose of the program is to develop skilled professionals able to assume positions of leadership, which contribute to the health, education, and social structure of the community, state, nation, and world. This program is consistent with the mission, and goals of the University, College, and the School of Nursing. Specifically, this program fulfills the School of Nursing’s mission to educate nurses who advocate and promote the health and wellness of diverse populations through implementation of evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement, and utilization of information and health technology. Graduates will have the knowledge, understanding, and experience to function as experts in their field. Through reflective practices and continued life long learning the Master’s prepared nurse will improve healthcare outcomes and contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession. This program will build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience.
Through the Master of Science in Nursing core curriculum provides students with knowledge essential to all nurses prepared at the master’s level. The five core courses provide a foundation for each concentration, education, administration and gerontological nursing. Students will be prepared to analyze theories and concepts essential to the nursing practice and research. Knowledge of health disparity issues will enable the graduates to ensure that appropriate and sensitive health care is provided. Students will be prepared to critique and evaluate research findings in order to provide high quality care, initiate change, and implement evidence-based nursing practice. They will have an understanding of health care policy, health care organizations, and financing of health care which will prepare them to assume leadership positions in an ever-evolving health care system. Exploration of advanced physiology, pathophysiological, pharmacological, and health assessment concepts serve as a basis for clinical assessment and management.
Graduate Outcome Goals
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values
- Demonstrate creativity and critical thinking
- Disseminate research findings to enhance the promotion of health and prevention of illness
- Collaborate interprofessionally to improve health and healthcare
- Apply relevant knowledge of global perspectives
- Utilize knowledge of new and various methods of information and health care technologies
- Manifest oral and written communication skills
- Assess and utilize information from a variety of sources
- Analyze the impact of systems on health outcomes
Graduate Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Employ critical thinking and clinical reasoning in providing evidence-based nursing care to diverse individuals, families, and communities;
- Contribute to the development and application of nursing knowledge through the use of theory and the scientific process;
- Participate in the organization, management, and leadership of clinical, educational, or societal environments;
- Practice skilled oral, written, and electronic communication that demonstrates the ability to express ideas in a variety of situations;
- Provide culturally appropriate health care to a diverse community; and,
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to continue their education through doctoral study.
In addition to the core student learning objectives, students completing the concentration in education will be able to:
- Critique, evaluate, and utilize concepts and theories of nursing, educational pedagogy, and curricula in the development of nursing education programs;
- Apply principles of measurement and evaluation in the development and implementation of strategies for assessing student learning; and,
- Utilize evidence-based teaching strategies to facilitate learning in settings where nurses function as educators for nurses, students, patients, families, and communities.
In addition to the core student learning objectives, students completing the concentration in gerontological nursing will be able to:
- Critique, evaluate, and utilize concepts and theories of aging to design and implement effective intervention strategies to enhance independence and autonomy of older persons;
- Utilize an understanding of the nature and scope of social, economic, physical, educational, and behavioral issues of aging in the development and implementation of programs for older persons; and,
- Work effectively within an interprofessional setting and with diverse professionals, patients, families, and communities.
In addition to the core student learning objectives, students completing the concentration in nursing administration will be able to:
- Adapt business and nursing theory to develop financial, ethical, and medically sound healthcare solutions.
- Evaluate, plan, and lead effectively in various interprofessional settings and healthcare environments.
- Contribute to private and health policy as a leader of health organizations and agencies.
- Utilize general business concepts to analyze and resolve managerial problems.
In addition to the core student learning outcomes, students completing the concentration in family nurse practitioner (FNP) will be able to:
- Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states for the purposes of health promotion, health protections, disease prevention, and treatment of individuals, the family, aggregate groups, and the community.
- Demonstrate a personal, collegial, and collaborative approach that enhances effectiveness in patient care.
- Function as a licensed independent practitioner using evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice.
- Demonstrate commitment to the implementation, preservation, and evolution of the FNP role.
- Implement clinical reasoning and build collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships to provide optimal health care to the patient.
- Oversee and direct the delivery of clinical services within an integrated system of health to achieve improved health care outcomes for patients, communities, and systems.
- Ensure quality of health care through consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation (eligible for state and national certifications upon completion of the program).
- Provide culturally competent care deliver patient care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs, and make health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures.