Associate Degree Nursing Graduate Outcomes

Technical Competencies: Associate Degree in Nursing

Upon completion of this program, the graduate can:

  1. Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings (human flourishing).
    1. Incorporate culturally competent, individualized plans of care focusing on services and activities that promote independence, maintain or restore health, or support a peaceful death and advocate for access and quality of care for patients.
    2. Formulate teaching/learning processes to facilitate patients’ informed decision-making to support and achieve positive outcomes that demonstrates respect for diverse patients.
  2. Formulate judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality-care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context (nursing judgment).
    1. Utilize the nursing process as a basis for clinical judgment to optimize outcomes of care for the patient, family, and community.
    2. Establish and maintain effective/therapeutic communication in collaboration with patients, families, significant others, and members of the health care team.
    3. Manage the direct provision of nursing care through effective organizational skills, appropriate delegation, and supervision within the scope of practice.
  3. Develop one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practice 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 (professional identity).
    1. Employ principles of advocacy, quality and safety, healthcare policy, and cost effectiveness to improve healthcare outcomes.
    2. Exhibit professional behaviors/practice as defined by the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing.
    3. Incorporate the ability to ethically and responsibly integrate technology to skillfully locate, evaluate, use, create and communicate information to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the life and employability of graduates.
  4. Consider 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 (spirit of inquiry).
    1. Interpret evidence-based literature/research for use in nursing practice.
    2. Exhibit continuous learning within the nursing profession.