Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. (Degree Completion Program)
As nursing practice becomes more complex, many registered nurses seek additional education.
The R.N. to B.S.N. program builds on the knowledge and skills that R.N.s acquire through three-year programs. It offers additional courses in physical and social sciences, nursing research, public and community health, nursing management, and the humanities.
The additional course work enhances the student's professional development, prepares the new nurse for a broader scope of practice, and provides the practicing nurse with a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery.
Every graduate of the R.N. to B.S.N. program is expected to demonstrate that he or she is a/an
- critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, problem-solving skills, and creativity in framing problems.
- culturally competent person who provides holistic nursing care to a variety of individuals, families, and communities.
- knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources necessary to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities.
- individual who understands the political dynamics in various settings and participates in the change process to shape healthcare policy.
- individual who practices within an ethical and legal framework for the nursing profession and demonstrates ethical behavior related to the privacy, security, and confidentiality of patient information.
- effective communicator who is able to share accurate information.
- competent provider of nursing care who functions in various professional nurse roles in structured and semi-structured healthcare settings.
- professional role model who promotes a positive public image of nursing.
- responsible manager who balances human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes.