The CU College of Nursing is a recognized leader in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). The new curriculum is built on knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with essential competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, quality, safety, evidence-based practice and nursing informatics.
You will engage in highly interactive teaching and learning experiences designed to increase your ability to think critically and apply your understanding of nursing concepts. This learning regimen will take you beyond the traditional classroom by integrating classroom concepts with clinical experience, state-of-the-art simulated patient care experiences, seminars with patient mentors, and interprofessional education with students in other professional disciplines.
You will be actively engaged in the learning, integrating more clinical care experiences earlier in the educational process so you can immediately apply what you’ve learned. You’ll use this learn/apply model throughout your program of study to enhance your decision making skills.
Beginning in June 2012, traditional students will be admitted one time per year in the summer (June); accelerated students will be admitted twice per year (January and June).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum Vision Statement:
To prepare transformational nurse clinicians who collaboratively promote excellence in patient safety and quality health care through inquiry, reflection, and accountability.
Program Outcome Competencies
Provide quality, safe and ethical care that is person-centered, rooted in partnership, and is mutually beneficial for individuals and families in all care settings across the life span.
- Incorporate person's ethical values and cultural needs into the planning and implementing of person-centered care through therapeutic engagement.
- Integrate knowledge, clinical reasoning, self-awareness and empathy as a foundation for delivery of person-centered care through advocacy.
- Model and emphasize professional responsibility, accountability and partnerships that promote lifelong learning and person-centered care.
Integrate clinical practice evidence to improve the health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
- Describe the research process and how evidence is developed.
- Collaborate to identify compelling clinical questions, conduct searches for current evidence, and define levels of evidence to improve quality and safe person-centered care.
- Work in partnership to appraise, synthesize and disseminate current evidence to promote optimal health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
- Examine the relationship among evidence-based practice models, clinical practice and published evidence-based practice standards in the delivery of quality and safe person-centered care.
Promote safe health care environments, systems and initiatives to minimize risk of harm to individuals, families, communities and providers.
- Participate in policies that shape organizational, local, national and global issues of equity, access, affordability and social justice in health care.
- Explore the impact of socio-cultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing safe healthcare delivery and practice.
- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to effectively promote conditions and healthy behaviors that improve population health.
- Describe human factors and other basic safety design principles in complex work environments.
- Employ safety design principles in one’s nursing practice.
Promote effective and respectful communication and working relationships among intra- and inter-professional teams to deliver evidence-based, safe, quality, and person-centered care.
- Demonstrate self-awareness, respect and value for differing perspectives and expertise of all health team members to promote optimal team functioning.
- Provide leadership in the delivery and management of safe, quality care for diverse populations and environments across the continuum of care.
- Demonstrate effective communication strategies including negotiation and conflict management to promote positive intra and interprofessional working relationships.
Use patient care technologies and clinical information systems to facilitate decision-making necessary for delivery of evidence-based, safe, quality, and person-centered care.
- Demonstrate information literacy competency by identifying and locating information needed for specific purposes, evaluating and applying it to improve person-centered care.
- Demonstrate information management competency by collecting, processing, presenting and communication data as information and knowledge.
- Contrast benefits and limitations of different communication technologies, and decision making supports for the impact on safe, quality and person-centered care
- Use patient care technologies and clinical information systems to ethically coordinate and monitor outcomes of care processes.
Engage in quality improvement through leadership skills, clinical reasoning and use of evidence.
- Apply leadership concepts, skills, and clinical reasoning in the provision, coordination and oversight of quality person-centered care in a variety of settings.
- Participate in quality and safety initiatives, which involve individuals, family, groups, communities, populations, and other members of the healthcare team.
- Use concepts of safety and quality improvement methods to design and test changes to the delivery processes.
As a transformational nurse clinician model professional communication, responsibility and accountability to promote self-awareness, life-long learning and civic professionalism in the health care environment and other complex systems.
- Apply leadership concepts, skills and clinical reasoning in the provision of quality person-centered care, health care team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
- Demonstrates leadership through self awareness and articulation of a personal care philosophy in day to day operations at the point of care.
- Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to implement person-centered care through safety and quality initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team.
- Demonstrates leadership through incorporation of feedback from patient, family, and community at all levels of care provision.
- Describe leadership qualities required to bring about organizational, system or community change.
- Use quality improvement, health care policy, and cost-effectiveness principles in the development of practice changes that improve health care delivery.