Program Outcomes and Framework

Nursing Program Outcomes and Framework

Nursing students practicing with manikans

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Nursing Program, the graduate competently performs in the following areas.

  1. Safe and Effective Care Environment
    The graduate will:
    • Implement nursing care based on the nursing process to meet client needs throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Facilitate achievement of optimal client outcomes, through advocacy and delegation, by directing client care throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
  2. Health Promotion and Maintenance
    The graduate will:
    • Act as a client advocate to promote access and enhance quality of care throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Utilize teaching/learning principles to promote optimal health throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
  3. Psychosocial Integrity
    The graduate will:
    • Utilize therapeutic communication when providing client care throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Incorporate cultural sensitivity when providing client care throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Implement caring behaviors that support mental, emotional and social well-being of the client throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
  4. Physiological Integrity
    The graduate will:
    • Prioritize nursing care utilizing critical thinking skills based upon knowledge of biological sciences, pathophysiology, nutrition, pharmacology and growth and development to achieve maximum physiological integrity and reduce the risk potential for the client.
  5. Professional Role of the Nurse
    The graduate will:
    • Utilize leadership and management principles, as a member of the health care team, in providing and delegating the delivery of client care.
    • Demonstrate accountability for providing and evaluating nursing care that adheres to professional standards and incorporates legal and ethical responsibilities of the nurse.
    • Demonstrate autonomy in recognizing one's own need for life-long learning, personal transformation and professional growth.

Summary Statement

Graduates of the Evergreen Valley College Associate of Science Degree Nursing Program function in the common domain of nursing practice after licensure. Completing program outcomes will enable graduates, following registered nurse licensure, to give direct patient care in collaboration with other health care professionals, and to perform independent, dependent and interdependent nursing interventions. Graduates are prepared and empowered to practice successfully within the rapidly changing health care systems of a multicultural society. Faculty recognize the role of the nurse is changing due to influences internal and external to the nursing profession. Therefore, graduates will continue learning through the process of experience and ongoing continuing education.

Conceptual Framework

The unifying curriculum theme is an adaptation of the "Client Needs Model," a comprehensive framework for identifying nursing actions and competencies necessary for client care in a variety of settings​ and throughout the life span. This model relies on meta-paradigm beliefs about the person, environment, health and nursing as outlined in the program's philosophy. The client, defined as an individual, family, group or community, is the primary focus of care. Client needs for care are organized around five (5) key concepts: a) Safe and Effective Care Environment; b) Health Promotion and Maintenance; c) Physiological Integrity; d) Psychosocial Integrity and, e) Professional Role of the Nurse. These five (5) concepts form the foundation for the program's student learning outcomes that culminate in the achievement of program outcomes. Critical thinking, nursing process, cultural sensitivity and caring are the processes that integrate the key concepts throughout the curriculum.

Nursing Client Framework

​​​​Ever​green College Nursing Program: Organizing Framework for Curriculum, Adaptation of the "Client Needs" Model (as pictured above​​)

​​​Level 4: Health | Person | Nursing | Environment

Level 3: Critical Thinking | Nursing Process | Cultural Sensitivity | Caring

Level 2: Professional Role of the Nurses | Health Promotion & Maintenance | Physiological Integrity | Psychosocial Integrity | Safe & Effective Care Environment

Level 1: Client

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