RN-BSN Nursing Online Program | Mercy College

RN-BSN Nursing Online Program

Program Information

Program Overview
Baccalaureate degree nursing education is provided within institutions of higher learning and prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to practice nursing with competence, compassion, and integrity. Baccalaureate nursing is dependent on understanding and integrating general education, liberal arts, biological sciences, social sciences, and the interrelationship among theory, practice, and research.

Baccalaureate nurses are prepared as nurse generalist to function as providers, designers, and managers, of patient care across the healthcare continuum. They are responsible for delegation to and supervision of supportive healthcare works and for collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.

Program Learning Outcomes for students who began prior to 2015.

Students will be able to:

  1. Incorporate core values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life and service in the practice of nursing.
  2. Integrate knowledge from physical, behavioral, and nursing sciences; humanities; and liberal arts as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  3. Use Self-Care-Deficit Theory of Nursing and nursing research to provide therapeutic nursing interventions that assist individuals, families, groups and communities to attain optimal health.
  4. Practice critical thinking through intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, problem-solving skills and creativity in the management and coordination of care.
  5. Integrate professional behavior in the multidimensional role of the nurse in a variety of settings.
  6. Provide holistic nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups and communities.
  7. Coordinate community resources to promote, maintain and restore health in the individual, family, group and community
  8. Practice effective communication through the sharing of accurate information to positively affect care outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes for students who begin in or after 2015.

The baccalaureate program of study is further based on sound principles of adult education progressing from simple to complex, familiar to unfamiliar, and general to specific. The Program provides students with the opportunity to achieve program objectives through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, and competencies necessary to function as professional nurses who meet the healthcare needs of individuals across the lifespan. The following student learning outcomes emphasize Christian values, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professional development:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of liberal education (Arts and sciences) in making clinical judgments for diverse populations with complex health problems.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills, quality improvement, and patient safety in caring for populations with complex health problems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to participate in basic nursing research by sharing evidence-based nursing practices with the inter-professional healthcare team.
  4. Employ knowledge and skills of information management in patient care technology.
  5. Apply principles of legal, ethical and economic policy related to influencing healthcare delivery and practice.
  6. Effectively communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to deliver evidence based, patient-centered care.
  7. Provide therapeutic nursing interventions that assist populations, communities, groups, and individuals across the life span whose lives are affected by, illness, distress, disease, disability or death.
  8. Incorporate professional behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values, including legal and ethical aspects into the practice of nursing.
  9. Integrate holistic care to a diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.
     

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