Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered nurses (RN), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat and educate patients and the public about various medical conditions and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical equipment, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.
RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries by explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.
When caring for patients, RNs establish a care plan or contribute to an existing plan. Plans may include numerous activities, such as administering medication, including careful checking of dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other healthcare clinicians. Some RNs provide direction to licensed vocational nurses and nursing aides regarding patient care.
BSN Mission Statement
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program provides students with a theoretical and evidence-based education that incorporates knowledge through the development and mastery of clinical reasoning, nursing skills, and professional values. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates for positions where they will provide quality health care services in diverse settings and function as professional providers of care, managers of care, and leaders within nursing practice.
BSN Program Learning Outcomes
PLO1. Implement evidenced-based nursing interventions as appropriate for managing care of patients and promoting health across the lifespan
PLO2. Provide a patient-centered, evidenced-based practice using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.
PLO3. Demonstrate effective critical thinking and decision-making skills to advance nursing practice and quality outcomes.
PLO4. Apply leadership principles and quality improvement to promote health policy and patient advocacy.
PLO5. Integrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal concepts into nursing practice.
PLO6. Value the inherent worth of individuals and populations through self-evaluation, service, social justice, and lifelong learning.