Institutional Goal

Program Concept

Concept Definition

Behavioral Objective


Communication and Informatics

The effective exchange of information or feelings between two or more people that promotes mutual respect and shared decision making with the goal of enhancing patient satisfaction and achieving optimal patient outcomes. This includes the use of information technology as a communication and information gathering tool that supports clinical decision making and evidence-based nursing practice.

Employ therapeutic communication techniques and information technology to foster strong relationships within the healthcare environment that promote optimal patient outcomes

Critical and Creative Thinking

Nursing Leadership

The process by which nurses use a set of critical and creative thinking skills with clinical judgment to direct and influence others in the provision of individualized, safe, quality patient care.

Use critical thinking and clinical judgment to direct individualized, safe, quality patient care


Evidence-based Practice and Quality Improvement

The use of best current evidence, expert opinion, and clinical expertise, upon which clinical judgment and patient care is based for the delivery of safe, quality health care. Includes the use of data to monitor outcomes of care processes with the goal of developing and implementing a plan to improve health care services and better meet the needs of patients.

Understand and incorporate best practice evidence into daily practice while using data to monitor outcomes

Ethical Awareness

Professionalism and Safety

The accountable and responsible behavior of the nurse that incorporates legal and ethical principles and regulatory guidelines that comply with standards of nursing practice. The minimization of risk factors that could cause harm or delay patient recovery while promoting quality care and maintaining a secure environment for patients, self, and others.

Practice as a professional nurse using legal and ethical principles that comply with standards of nursing practice to minimize risk factors and promote quality care

Engaging Diversity

Patient-Centered Care

The provision of caring and compassionate, culturally sensitive care that is based on a patient's physiological, psychological, sociological, spiritual, and cultural needs, preferences, and values to promote achievement of optimal outcomes.

Engage in patient-centered care to meet individual physiological, psychological, sociological, spiritual, and cultural needs, preferences, and values to promote achievement of optimal outcomes

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Knowledge

Teamwork and Collaboration

The delivery of patient-centered care in partnership with interprofessional members of the health care team, to achieve continuity of care and optimal patient outcomes.

Effectively work within interdisciplinary teams to promote safe patient care and improve outcomes

Integration and Application of Learning

Systems-Based Practice

The delivery of healthcare within interrelated microsystems that exist in a larger system or organization referred to as a macrosystem.

Understand the healthcare system on a micro and macro level to promote effective nursing practice