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Nursing Program Goals

The USCB Department of Nursing and Health Professions endorses the goals of Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice as delineated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008, p.12).

Accordingly, the baccalaureate program prepares the graduate to:

  • Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education into nursing practice.
  • Synthesize theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience.
  • Use skills of inquiry, analysis, and information literacy to address practice issues.
  • Use written, verbal, non‐verbal, and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively.
  • Apply knowledge of social and cultural factors to the care of diverse populations.
  • Engage in ethical reasoning and actions to provide leadership in promoting advocacy, collaboration, and social justice as a socially responsible citizen.
  • Integrate the knowledge and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision making.
  • Demonstrate tolerance for the ambiguity and unpredictability of the world and its effect on the healthcare system.
  • Value the ideal of lifelong learning to support excellence in nursing practice.

USCB seeks to ensure that all students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing are able to...

  • Provide health promotion, disease prevention, and advocacy in the care of individual clients, families, groups of clients, and communities.
  • Practice safe, comprehensive, and evidence‐based nursing for clients across the life span and continuum of care within the structure of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate ethical principles, behaviors, and values, to include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice, in the professional practice of nursing.
  • Perform comprehensive individual, family, group, and community health assessments.
  • Incorporate knowledge of multiple health determinants including culture, socioeconomic status, access, environment, lifestyle, and biology in the practice of nursing.
  • Provide leadership and nursing care using critical thinking, effective communication, emotional intelligence, problem‐solving processes, and evidence‐based practice.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, regulatory agencies, and healthcare trends.
  • Use current technologies and information systems in the delivery of quality healthcare to individual clients, families, groups of clients, and communities.
  • Accept professional responsibility for continuing education and the advancement of the nursing profession in a local and global world.