The RN-BSN program at MNU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. Accreditation assures you of the credibility of the program for future nursing positions as well as for continued education in nursing. Additionally, the University is authorized to offer associate’s degrees in all fields, bachelor’s degrees in all fields, and master’s degrees in the fields of Administration/Leadership, Business, Counseling, Education, Nursing and Religion. The University accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission.
The faculty of the undergraduate nursing program assists students to meet the seven general education outcomes of the University. Nursing students demonstrate competency in these outcomes prior to graduation. The outcomes, their definitions, and their defining characteristics relative to a major in nursing are as follows:
The application of caring and creativity in nursing, the “finest art” (Nightingale, as cited in Donahue, 1985, p. 469). By graduation the student will evidence aesthetic literacy by:
- demonstrating a personalized expression of the art of nursing;
- utilizing an aesthetic approach in selected projects, presentations, and nursing care;
- recognizing the aesthetic component of human responses/interactions; and,
- demonstrating a sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human experience encouraging individual patient expression of values, preferences, and needs.
The application of current research, theory, professional standards, and ethical codes to the ongoing generation and evaluation of creative ideas for the purpose of managing patient, family, and/or community health issues, concerns, and problems. By graduation the student will evidence critical thinking by:
- identifying credible, authoritative sources and properly citing relevant, essential information encountered in the exploration of complex issues;
- integrating best current evidence with key clinical concepts and individual patient preferences and values to promote clinical reasoning and the delivery of safe, individualized care;
- monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of care;
- identifying necessary changes that will enhance the quality and safety of care;
- functioning as a team member to generate criteria, data, and solutions;
- critically appraising the effects of personal and professional actions with respect to their impact on the nurse’s integrity and ethical imperatives;
- demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in one’s approach to managing competing and ever changing priorities in complex healthcare environments; and,
- demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning and scholarship to heighten the quality of nursing practice.
The ability to express ideas clearly and effectively and accurately interpret communication from others. By graduation the student will evidence effective communication by:
- functioning effectively with students, faculty, patients, family members, nursing and inter-professional teams; and fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care;
- using information and technology to communicate and manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making;
- valuing continuous improvement of one’s own communication and conflict resolution skills;
- managing conflict and negotiating equitable solutions with others; and,
- demonstrating openness and cultural competence to facilitate nurse-patient communication and inter-professional collaboration.
The acquisition of nursing’s unique body of knowledge and an understanding of the processes by which that knowledge was achieved and can be developed. By graduation the student will evidence scientific literacy by:
- integrating knowledge from physical and social sciences with evidence-based nursing knowledge and patient preferences to provide safe, individualized, quality nursing care;
- continuously expanding personal nursing knowledge and effectiveness by integrating nursing research and theory into clinical practice;
- identifying the importance of nursing’s unique, evidence-based body of knowledge and the ethical processes by which that knowledge is developed;
- demonstrating evidence of being a knowledgeable consumer of scholarly nursing research; and,
- gathering and sharing credible data and information that will assist in solving problems, expanding nursing knowledge, and improving patient outcomes.
The self-application of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health promotion practices, as the basis of knowledge that will enhance the provision of holistic care to others. By graduation the student will evidence self-understanding by:
- recognizing personal attitudes regarding others’ ethnic, cultural, spiritual, and social backgrounds and committing to value the infinite worth of all;
- demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning and continual self-assessment to achieve one’s highest potential;
- demonstrating caring and respectful attitudes and behaviors while interacting ethically and compassionately with others; and,
- recognizing areas of growth potential and seeking resources for self-development and improvement.
The personal involvement of self in nursing’s role and responsibilities to people and society. By graduation the student will evidence social responsibility by:
- demonstrating personal responsibility for exhibiting qualities of professionhood:
- Service orientation
- Ethical and legal behavior
- Knowledge acquisition
- Participation in nursing activities/organizations
- Leadership and management skills
- providing safe, effective, and holistic nursing care to developmentally and socio-culturally diverse patients, families, and communities locally and globally;
- accepting the professional and personal responsibility in seeking lifelong, continuous learning of information technology skills that support clinical decision-making, error prevention, and care coordination; and,
- respecting patients’ rights to personal healthcare records while protecting confidentiality.
The cultivation of a Christian approach to one’s life and professional nursing practice that permeates the student’s attainment of departmental outcomes. By graduation the student will evidence spiritual development by:
- acknowledging and/or demonstrating an appreciation of the role of the Christian world view in promoting holistic health of self and others;
- supporting patients with differing moral-ethical and cultural values through mutual respect and shared decision-making; and,
- recognizing and providing for the spiritual needs of patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members in a thoughtful and caring manner.