RN-BSN Program Mission Statement
The Broward College RN-BSN Program is a premier affordable academic unit that will advance the profession of nursing through the innovative contributions of faculty, staff, students, and graduates to the enhancement of local, national, and global health.
RN-BSN Program Vision Statement
Reflective of the mission of Broward College and of the Health Science Pathway, the RN-BSN Program’s mission is “to prepare a professional and competent nurse who practices in a dynamic health care environment across communities, populations, and life spans, and provides leadership to promote and improve global health, and is committed to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice, celebrates diversity and aspires to lifelong learning.”
Conceptual Model: Underlying the RN-BSN Curriculum
The design of the RN-BSN curriculum is based on a model which depicts the faculty’s beliefs as framed by the major meta-paradigm concepts of Human being/person/client (diverse populations), health (health and safety), environment (internal external including policies) and nurse /nursing (Generalist nurse, nursing practice, and patient advocacy as they relate to the practice in a global healthcare and educational environments (See Conceptual Model Underlying the RN-BSN Curriculum
RN-BSN Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Reflective of the AACN Elements of Baccalaureate Education, (The Elements of Baccalaureate Education, AACN, 2008), each nursing course in the RN-BSN Program is aimed at enabling the student to:
- Analyze and synthesize data regarding the health status of the patient, community and defined population, utilize these findings to make sound clinical judgments regarding nursing interventions and outcome evaluation clinical reasoning.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of information management systems and skills in emerging telecommunication and patient care technology. Utilizes this knowledge to employ principles of quality improvement that will lead to improving patient outcomes and correction of healthcare errors.
- Create an environment of inclusion in the provision of holistic, evidence-based, quality nursing care in increasingly complex situations, healthcare systems, diverse and global settings.
- Demonstrate effective communication and collaborative efforts with physicians and other members of the health care team; dialogue with faculty and students to conduct teaching-learning practices that address community needs and expectations.
- Integrate professional values and practice competencies through ethical decision-making which may impact future healthcare demands. Commitment to lifelong learning demonstrated by regular student participation in culturally diverse curricula activities.
- Analyze and synthesize knowledge from liberal arts, natural and social sciences, nursing arts and evidence based best practices in understanding research findings and global perspectives that leads to compassionate, culturally sensitive, direct and in-direct quality nursing care.
- Analyze and implement health promotion strategies that address social and public health and cross-cultural health issues; demonstrating respect for personal and cultural health practices and human diversity.
- Analyze and implement patient health and safety goals that address social and public health and cross-cultural health issues; demonstrating respect for personal and cultural health practices and human diversity.
- Apply goal-directed processes involved in the transmission and assimilation of information in order to expand knowledge and change behaviors. The teaching-learning process is facilitated through planned sequences of experiences and by actively involving the learner in goal-directed activities that are perceived as having purpose and meaning.
- Demonstrate independent and interdependent decision making, critical thinking and reasoning, leadership and management skills that utilize nursing and other recognized theories, models, and evidence- based practice initiatives and knowledge, collegial dialogue, self-reflection, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Select and apply appropriate theories and research findings relevant to healthcare systems and policies, quality healthcare delivery, and global health promotion to continue role development as a professional nurse.
- Integrate economic, legal and political factors that impact heath care delivery to influence health care policies on behalf of patients, the local community, global community, and the profession.