Program Outcomes

The following educational outcomes are based on the mission, goals, and philosophy of Appalachian State University’s Department of Nursing.

Undergraduate

At the completion of the program, the BSN graduate will:

1. Provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan based on professional nursing standards.

2. Engage in evidence-based practice through the utilization of critical thinking skills and state-of-the-art knowledge for persons with varying health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration across the lifespan.

3. Demonstrate accountability for formal and informal experiences that promote both personal and professional growth and lifelong learning.

4. Employ competent communication skills (listening, verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic) with individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations as well as members of the interprofessional healthcare team facilitating a culture of quality and safety.

5. Competently utilize technology and health information resources for self, colleagues, individuals, families, groups, and communities.

6. Exhibits leadership skills such as coordinating, collaborating, delegating, and supervising nursing care provided by others.

7. Collaborate with individuals, groups, communities, and populations through mutual goal setting, advocacy, and education to promote health and wellness.

8. Exhibit a patient-centered approach that reflects the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.

9. Adhere to economic, ethical, legal, and professional nursing standards in nursing practice.

10. Appraise the continuum of care and resource utilization based on the liberal arts foundation and nursing knowledge. 

Graduate

At the completion of the program, the MSN graduate will:

1.     Integrate holistic best practices into education offerings for individuals and groups in academic, patient care and staff development settings.

2.    Develop an ongoing professional nursing role through scientific inquiry and lifelong learning and ethical practices.

3.    Integrate nursing and related sciences and humanities required for solving practice problems as an educator, practitioner or nursing leader in a variety of practice environments.

4.     Apply information, communication and emerging technologies and teaching-learning principles in collaboration with the inter-professional patient care teams for the improvement of health outcomes and disease management.

5.    Apply professional regulatory and accreditation standards including health care policies impacting professional nursing practice and health care quality and safety.

6.    Design, implement, and evaluate educational offerings for individuals and groups that promote desired learner/patient outcomes.

7.    Exhibit cultural competence in delivering appropriate educational offerings to individuals, families, communities, and special populations.

8.    Demonstrate advocacy related to rural health issues impacting nursing care provision including education, practice and administration.