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Associate Degree Nursing Program Competencies / Student Learning Outcomes

Guided by professional values and standards within a framework of the nursing process graduates of the CCRI Associate Degree Nursing program demonstrate the following competencies:
  1. Collect data relevant to patients' health status by completing a health history and performing a physical, cognitive, psychosocial, spiritual and functional assessment.
  2. Assess patients' responses to actual or potential health problems.
  3. Assess the impact of developmental, emotional, cultural, and spiritual influences on the patient's health status.
  4. Assess patients and their support systems for learning strengths, capabilities and limitations.
  5. Assess the strengths, resources and needs of patients within the context of their environment/community.
  1. Analyze data using age-appropriate, culturally-sensitive data relevant to patients' current health status.
  2. Identify risk factors and potential problems compromising optimal wellness.
  3. Develop appropriate nursing diagnoses statements utilizing standardized NANDA taxonomy.
  1. Prioritize patient care based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
  2. Formulate measurable patient outcomes for selected nursing diagnoses.
  3. Utilize nursing intervention classification (NIC) and nursing outcome classification (NOC) labeling and rating for selected nursing diagnoses.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking, reflection and problem solving skills in developing a plan of care.
  5. Extrapolate problems that require collaborative health care planning in the community.
  6. Utilize information technology to support the planning and provision of patient care.
  7. Provide the patient and significant support persons with information necessary to make health care choices.
  8. Provide assistive personnel with relevant instruction and supervision to support achievement of patient goals.
  1. Provide evidence-based, clinically competent care within accepted standards of professional nursing practice in a variety of clinical settings.
  2. Communicate relevant, accurate and complete information regarding assessments, interventions, responses to nursing interventions, and progress toward meeting patient outcomes.
  3. Make care management decisions based on sound clinical judgment with recognition of the impact of economic, political, social and demographic forces on the delivery of healthcare.
  4. Delegate safe, efficient care to assistive personnel.
  5. Create a caring environment of hope and trust, where patient choices, values, beliefs and lifestyles are honored and respected.
  6. Assist patients and their significant others to cope with stressful events and changes in health status.
  7. Teach patients and their significant others interventions emphasizing prevention strategies with a focus toward optimum level of wellness.
  1. Determine the degree of outcome achievement and the effectiveness of nursing care.
  2. Reassess patients for changes in health status, needs and problems.
  3. Modify patient care as indicated by the evaluation process.
  1. Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory framework of the nursing profession.
  2. Demonstrate accountability for care given by self and/or care delegated to others.
  3. Practice within the parameters of individual knowledge and experience.
  4. Demonstrate caring, respectful behavior towards peers and other members of the health care team.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.
  6. Appreciate the value of membership in a professional organization.
  7. Advocate public policy that promotes patients' rights and public health.
  8. Recognize the importance of nursing research to advance the practice of nursing.

Revised: 04/10/03


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