The Herbert H. and Grace A Dow College of Health Professions has the following Vision, Mission & Values for the College:

Vision

  • The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions is to be nationally recognized for the development of professionals who contribute to an inclusive, healthy society.

Mission

  • Through The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, we foster and sustain a culture of excellence through collaborative clinical/professional practice, learner-centered education, leadership, research, and service.

Values

RN-to-BSN Mission and Goals:

The mission of the RN-to-BSN program is to create a culture of excellence that promotes the personal and professional growth of students to become nursing leaders through systems thinking, research, and service.

The RN-to-BSN program will meet the following goals:

  1. Increase the number of nurses nationwide (and locally) to meet the Institute of Medicine's (2010) goal of an 80% BSN-prepared nursing workforce by 2020.
  2. Provide graduates with a strong foundation in nursing leadership, evidence-based practice, systems thinking, and population health to meet the demands of health care employers.
  3. Increase the number of nurses eligible to apply for graduate degree education to prepare for advanced nursing practice roles.

To achieve the program's mission, the program will emphasize learner-centered education and incorporate the institution's core values of integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence, and innovation. Table one delineates examples of how the proposed program will incorporate these strengths.

Alignment of Proposed Program with Institutional Strengths

​Institutional Core Values/Strengths

​Examples of How Proposed Program Plans to Incorporate Institutional Values/Strengths

Integrity
  • ​Original written assignments, such as papers and projects in multiple courses
  • discussion forums with support for individual student responses
  • Group work with accountability rubric
Respect
  • ​Required Concepts of Culture and Diversity course
  • Discussion forums online using rules of Netiquette
  • Discussion forums with support for individual student responses
Compassion
  • Required courses on culture/diversity, population health (which includes vulnerable populations)
Inclusiveness
  • Required Concepts of Culture and Diversity course
  • Discussion forums online using rules of Netiquette
Social Responsibility
  • ​Required Concepts of Global and Population Health course
​Excellence
  • Required Capstone course: Systems Thinking and Quality Improvement
Innovation
  • ​Required Research and Evidence-Based Practice course


CMU RN-to-BSN is a high-quality program

CMU RN-to-BSN program builds an intellectual framework that reflects two major bodies of knowledge and scholarship: The BSN Essentials and the QSEN Competencies. The next table illustrates the alignment of the program's SLOs with selected BSN Essentials and QSEN Competencies.

Alignment of Program SLOs/Objectives with BSN Essentials and QSEN Competencies

​Proposed Program SLO

​BSN Essential

​QSEN Competency

​Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing to provide culturally competent nursing care for diverse populations.



Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values
Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
Patient-Centered Care:
Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.
​Demonstrate nursing leadership principles to plan and implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of a dynamic complex health care system and interprofessional care.




Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality care and patient Safety

Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes



Teamwork and Collaboration: Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.

Safety: Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
​Apply concepts of global health to plan appropriate culturally-safe care and health promotion for vulnerable populations.









Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health











​Patient-Centered Care: Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.

Safety: Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
​Utilize best current evidence and systems thinking to improve nursing and health care practices for groups or populations
















Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology















​Evidence-Based Practice: Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

Quality Improvement: Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

Informatics: Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
​Incorporate concepts of interprofessional collaboration and communication, health policy, finance, and regulatory environments as leaders in nursing practice.

Essential V: Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values

Teamwork and Collaboration: Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.