ASN Program Goals/Expected Outcomes and Framework

ASN Program Goals 

The Fairmont State University ASN graduate will be able to: 

  1. Provide patient-centered care to patients in response to their changing health needs. 
  2. Advocate for patients in ways to promote their self-determination and ongoing growth. 
  3. Apply evidence-based practice and clinical judgment in the provision of patient-centered care. 
  4. Use the nursing process, information management systems, teamwork, and inter-professional collaboration to provide safe, effective, quality care aimed at promoting the patients’ health. 
  5. Provide compassionate patient-centered care through roles of care provider, manager, educator, leader, and advocate. 
  6. Communicate professionally and collaboratively with patients and members of the healthcare team. 
  7. Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice and lifelong learning.       
  8. Integrate current best practices to deliver safe and effective patient-centered care aimed at improving quality of care and care outcomes. 

ASN Expected Student Outcomes 

  1. NCLEX-RN Pass Rate – Eighty percent (80%) of graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN exam on the first attempt.  
  2. Program Completion Rate – Seventy percent (70%) of students will graduate within 150% of program length. 
  3. Program Satisfaction – Eighty percent (80%) of the graduates will rate the program as satisfactory or above on end of program survey. 
  4. Employment Rate – Eighty percent (80%) of graduates will gain employment as a nurse within 6 months of graduation. 

Definition of Framework Concepts 

The following concepts reflect the faculty’s belief about the concepts that guide the ASN curriculum. 

Five major concepts (nurse, human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry), aid the ASN student in becoming a nurse generalist.  The concepts are interwoven into program and course objectives, assignments, and program evaluation. 

Nurse – A nurse uses nursing judgment, professional identity, and a spirit of inquiry in helping patients to attain human flourishing. 

Human Flourishing - The nurse provides patient-centered care to assist patients in attaining on-going growth and self-determination in response to their changing health needs. A patient is defined as an individual, family, or community. 

Nursing Judgment – The nurse integrates the use of evidence-based practice and clinical judgment to manage and provide safe, effective, quality patient-centered care and promote the patient’s health. Nursing judgment involves the use of the nursing process, information management systems, teamwork, and inter-professional collaboration in order to advocate for the patient’s needs. 

Professional Identity –The nurse implements integrity, responsibility, ethical practices and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to compassionate patient-centered care.  The nurse functions in the roles of care provider, manager, team leader, team member, educator, advocate, and professional. The nurse values a commitment to life-long learning. 

Spirit of Inquiry – The nurse examines the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, questioning underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of patient-centered care and care outcomes. 

A Venn Diagram listing Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and Spirit of Inquiry in the outer circles and Nurse in the middle circle.