Nursing B.S.N. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Orvis School of Nursing is to prepare individuals for both entry level and advanced nursing roles by providing excellent academic programs integrating recognized educational standards. The baccalaureate curriculum emphasizes nursing care of individuals, families & populations throughout the lifespan; among diverse cultures & beliefs; and across all socioeconomic groups in the context of their environments by providing a strong foundation for evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and leadership. As an essential part of its mission as a land grant institution, Orvis School of Nursing provides service to the state of Nevada and to the professional community at large.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate use of scientific inquiry and nursing process, including problem solving, decision making and critical thinking, in providing human care nursing across the continuum of care.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will create a capstone project/paper that addresses their development in creating effective change in ongoing learning and accelerated practice competency.
  • Students will participate in ATI testing in all semesters of the program, utilizing tutorials, practice exams and proctored exams each semester.
  • Students will deliver safe, effective patient and client nursing care in a wide variety of settings across the lifespan.
  • Students will use technology, synthesize information, and select resources effectively in all aspects of the role of professional nurse.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will evaluate the capstone paper/project for integration of scientific inquiry, problem solving, application of scientific principles and critical thinking.
  • Students will develop and implement patient care plans and concept maps that demonstrate application of the nursing process, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry.
  • Faculty and students will complete the clinical evaluation tool at the end of each clinical experience. Faculty will observe and critique each student in the clinical setting using formative and summative evaluation to promote excellence in nursing patient care.
  • NCLEX style exams will be administered in each semester of theory courses.
  • Selected courses will administer practice and proctored exams from ATI testing, counting as a small portion of the course grade.
  • Students will utilize computer technology in the documentation of care; evidence to support care delivery; presentation of information via WEBCT and other electronic devices will assure effective progress toward professionalism.

2. Students will be able to utilize the Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice in all professional settings.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will demonstrate sensitivity and respect for individuals, groups, and populations in all professional settings.
  • Students will formulate plans of care and concept maps based on assessment of internal and external variables for individuals and groups of clients to plan effective nursing care.
  • Students will deliver care to patients and clients in a safe and effective manner in a variety of clinical settings
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will evaluate each student for sensitivity and respect based on the clinical evaluation tool indicating student performance; feedback from peers, colleagues, staff and clients.
  • Faculty will evaluate care plans, journals, formal presentations and papers for sensitivity and respect of individuals, groups, and populations.
  • Faculty will evaluate written and verbal plans of care and formal papers for effectiveness in planning nursing care.
  • Faculty will evaluate actual student performance with patients and clients in a variety of clinical settings.

3. Students will be able to utilize verbal, nonverbal, and written modes of communication which are culturally sensitive, respectful, appropriate and responsive to context, content, and population.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will create unique and individualized written and verbal plans of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  • Student will utilize therapeutic communication when providing nursing care to individuals, families, groups or populations.
  • Student will demonstrate synthesis of knowledge in formal papers, care plans, concept maps, and presentations to peers, faculty, and clinical agencies.
  • Student will utilize principles of effective communication in all professional interactions in a variety of settings.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will evaluate written and verbal plans of care, concept maps, journals, formal written papers and presentations. Student will accurately document and verbally report client data.
  • Student observation by faculty; feedback from clinical agencies; documentation on clinical evaluation tool.
  • Faculty and peers will evaluate formal presentations. Faculty will evaluate care plans, concept maps and formal papers.
  • Faculty will observe student in all learning settings and document communication effectiveness in clinical evaluation tool to the student.

4. Students will be able to utilize leadership and management knowledge and skills to achieve quality care in a wide variety of health care settings.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will assign and delegate care of individuals, families, groups and populations in situations supervised by faculty.
  • Student identifies own leadership style and the effect on others.
  • Student will evaluate need for change and demonstrate flexibility in promoting planned change.
  • Student will demonstrate a beginning leadership role in establishing management goals.
Assessment Method
  • Documentation in plan of care; Faculty clinical observation; Clinical evaluation tool completed by faculty and student; student's clinical journal.
  • Faculty clinical & seminar observation; student documentation in journals; and formal presentations in courses; faculty and student completion of clinical evaluation tool.
  • Faculty and clinical observation of flexibility; student documentation in clinical journal and evaluation tool.
  • Faculty and clinical observation of leadership behaviors; student documentation of leadership behaviors in clinical journal and evaluation tool for clinical practice.