Nursing M.S.N. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Orvis School of Nursing is to prepare individuals for both entry level and advanced practice nursing by providing excellent academic programs based upon recognized educational standards. The curriculum emphasizes nursing care of individuals, families and populations throughout the lifespan: among diverse cultures and 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.

Graduate Program Purposes

The purpose of graduate education at the MSN level is to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice, educator, and leadership positions in health care. In addition, study at the MSN level develops clinical competence and increased sophistication in applying a theoretical framework for nursing practice. MSN education also serves as an introduction to scholarly activity for those who wish to pursue the doctoral degree in nursing. Scholarly activity focuses on the discovery of nursing knowledge, analysis and evaluation of nursing theory, and the study of strategies for nursing application. Finally, MSN education provides students with the opportunity to realize their creative potential and collaborate with other health care professionals in maintaining effective nursing and health care.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate student builds on the competencies gained in a baccalaureate nursing program by developing a deeper understanding of nursing and the related sciences needed to fully analyze, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care.
  • The graduate student's care reflects a more sophisticated understanding of assessment, problem identification, design of interventions, and evaluation of aggregate outcomes than baccalaureate-prepared nursing care.
Assessment Method
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track practicums and role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746, NURS 747 and NURS 760; Nurse Educator-NURS 760 and NURS 782; Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty observations, review, preceptor evaluations, and clinical evaluations.
  • Successful completion of NURS 708, NURS 718, NURS 737, NURS 750R, and NURS 760 (dependent on track specialty) as reflected in final course grades of a B or higher

2. Students will be able to provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select populations.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate demonstrates respect for diversity in the provision of quality care to diverse clients in employment settings post-graduation
  • The student demonstrates ethical behaviors towards others in all environments
  • The graduate student demonstrates respect for diversity in the provision of quality care to diverse clients in clinical practicum settings
  • The graduate student demonstrates respect for diversity in interactions with colleagues in classroom settings
Assessment Method
  • Review Employer Evaluations/Surveys and FNP Faculty review and utilize Typhon tracking system to identify deficits in patient populations
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty observations, review, and clinical evaluations and satisfactory preceptor evaluation
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track practicums and role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746, NURS 747 and NURS 760; Nurse Educator-NURS 760 and NURS 782; Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty observations, review, preceptor evaluations, and clinical evaluations.
  • Successful completion of NURS 750R as reflected in final course grades of a B or higher.

3. Students will be able to apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate student learns to evaluate, calculate, and improve the overall reliability of health care processes
  • The graduate student possesses knowledge in the methods, tools, performance measures, culture of safety principles, and standards related to quality
  • The graduate student is prepared to apply quality principles within an organization to be an effective leader and change agent
Assessment Method
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty clinical evaluations
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty clinical evaluations
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty clinical evaluations

4. Students will be able to collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal coordinated health care to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate student develops skills that include: Knowledge acquisition, Working in groups, Management of change, and Dissemination of new knowledge to other health care professionals through the following activities: develop interventions directed at health promotion for the populations they serve; demonstrate collaboration in clinical practicum settings; demonstrate collaboration with colleagues; develop interventions aimed at disease prevention in every setting and with every population/community.
  • The graduate student respects diversity and addresses complex health care needs in the roles of nurse leader, nurse educator, and advanced practice nurse
Assessment Method
  • Successful completion of NURS 708, NURS 718, NURS 737, NURS 750R, and NURS 760 (dependent on track specialty) as reflected in final course grades of a B or higher; Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty observations, review, and clinical evaluations, and satisfactory preceptor evaluation
  • FNP Faculty review and utilize Typhon tracking system to identify deficits in patient populations

5. Students will be able to respect diversity to address complex health care needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations and communities, in the role of nurse leader, educator, and/or advanced practice nurse.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate student provides leadership at the point of care in diverse settings and across the continuum
  • The graduate student applies and integrates broad, organizational, patient-centered, and culturally responsive concepts in the delivery of evidence based clinical prevention and population-based care and services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations
  • The graduate student respects diversity and addresses complex health care needs in the roles of nurse leader, nurse educator, and advanced practice nurse
Assessment Method
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by preceptors feedback, faculty observations, review, and clinical evaluations
  • FNP Faculty review and utilize Typhon tracking system to identify deficits in patient populations
  • FNP Faculty review and utilize Typhon tracking system to identify deficits in patient populations

6. Students will be able to participate in the organization, management, and policy negotiations of health care delivery systems to use ethical principles and advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate student has requisite knowledge and skills to promote health, help shape the health delivery system, and advance values like social justice through policy processes and advocacy
  • Graduate students are prepared as members and leaders of health care teams that deliver a variety of treatments and services while seeking collaboration and consultation with other providers in order to design, coordinate and evaluate patient care outcomes
Assessment Method
  • Application of leadership skills and decision making related to quality nursing care, coordination of health care teams, accountability and oversight of care delivery at the micro-systems level as evidence through papers and projects completed throughout coursework
  • Analysis of systems, quality control, change, and leadership concepts and theories applied to the organization and financing of health care delivery systems, health care policy, and their effect on social justice and the quality of nursing and health care as evidence through papers and projects completed throughout coursework and Successful completion of NURS 736, and NURS 737 as reflected in final course grades of a B or higher

7. Students will be able to participate in the application of safe patient care and quality health care practices.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The graduate student is prepared to apply quality principles within an organization to be an effective leader and change agent
  • The graduate student learns to evaluate, calculate, and improve the overall reliability of healthcare processes
  • The graduate student possesses knowledge in the methods, tools, performance measures, culture of safety principles, and standards related to quality
Assessment Method
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty clinical evaluations
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty clinical evaluations
  • Successful completion and performance in individual track role courses (Clinical Nurse Leader-NURS 746 and NURS 747, Nurse Educator-NURS 782, Family Nurse Practitioner- NURS 755, NURS 756, NURS 757, NURS 758) as evidenced by faculty clinical evaluations

8. Students will be able to participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory,  research, and scientific processes, while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students confirm that they feel adequately prepared to pursue doctoral study if desired.
  • Some graduates pursue doctoral study
  • A standard of graduate nursing education is scholarship through the generation of a research question/statement within a theory/conceptual framework, analysis of relevant literature and evidence-based practices, implementation with appropriate methodology, analysis and interpretation of data, along with recommendations and implications for nursing
  • The master's prepared nurse integrates scientific findings from nursing, bio-psychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care
Assessment Method
  • Review exit interviews
  • Review alumni surveys
  • Faculty committee chairs will approve student's research plan and monitor student's progress and successful completion of graduate nursing research course (NURS 735) as reflected in final course grades of a B or higher and successful completion, oral presentation and defense of master's thesis (NURS 797)
  • Satisfactory completion of Comprehensive Examination (NURS 795) along with successful completion of oral presentation and defense of research project or professional paper (NURS 798)