BSN Mission & Student Learning Outcomes


Building on the SoNHS mission to prepare the nursing workforce, the Baccalaureate Nursing program (BSN) provides professional nurse generalists an innovative undergraduate education grounded in nursing and related sciences, humanities, and leadership. Students are prepared for inter-professional practice in which they promote, restore, maintain, and advocate for improved health outcomes of diverse people, families, and/or communities.

Educational Framework

The transformational model applied to the BSN program states that a person cannot effectively manage in a complex environment until he or she can first manage him/herself. In a developmental manner, students will progress from awareness to knowledge through proficiency in the 11 essential BSN competencies defined below. These competencies are applied and developed in one of the following four stages of personal development in complex systems: personal effectiveness, interpersonal effectiveness, effectiveness in human health outcomes and effectiveness in complex health systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students of the BSN program will be prepared to:

  • Incorporate knowledge from arts, humanities and sciences in the planning and provision of professional nursing care.
  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Clinical/professional judgment, professional valuing/caring and professional role development.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal effectiveness as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Communication, teaching/learning and technology utilization.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in human health outcomes as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Health promotion and disease prevention and evidence-based care.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness within complex health systems as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Leadership/management, global perspectives and health care systems and policy.

Four Stages of Personal Development

  • Personal effectiveness is defined as an assumption of responsibility and accountability for self, life-long learning and career planning.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness is defined as the ability to collaborate using various channels of communication to function with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Effectiveness in human health outcomes is defined as the ability to function in the health care community by providing evidence-based care and evaluating patient care outcomes in a variety of settings.
  • Effectiveness within complex health systems is defined as the ability to function as an empowered change agent in the global health community.

Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurse Competencies

These competencies are threaded — progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency throughout the nursing curriculum — guided by program goals, educational framework and course objectives. Thus, each competency will not necessarily be addressed in each course. These competencies will be utilized in the evaluation mechanisms for each course.

Clinical/Professional Judgment

Clinical/professional judgment is the outcome of critical thinking in nursing practice. It incorporates decision-making processes that involve evidence and reasoning to facilitate the evaluation of outcomes and goals.



Communication is a complex, ongoing, interactive process and forms the basis for building interpersonal relationships. Communication includes listening, verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic communication skills. The professional nurse appropriately adapts the communication style to the audience, considering such elements as culture, education and environment.


Evidence-Based Care

The professional nurse generalist utilizes multiple ways of knowing, including personal, ethical, scientific and esthetic in the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities or populations to address their health needs. The provision of care may be direct or indirect in partnership with the patient and the interdisciplinary health care team to affect a positive health outcome.


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health care directed toward high-level wellness through processes that encourage alteration of personal habits or the environment in which people live. It occurs after health stability is present and assumes disease prevention and health maintenance as prerequisites or byproducts.



The leader/manager is responsible for human, fiscal and material resources and exhibits specific behaviors and strategies, such as delegation, collaboration, negotiation and coordination to influence individuals and groups toward goal setting and achievement.


Technology Utilization

Technology utilization includes current and developing methods and equipment that lead to discovery, retrieval and utilization of information to enhance nursing practice. These technologies may include, but are not limited to, equipment that may provide assessment data, support anatomic and physiologic function, utilize data from an electronic health record and provide access to most current evidence to support practice standards.


Professional Valuing/Caring

Values are defined as beliefs or ideas to which an individual is committed and which guide behavior. Values include advocacy, altruism, ethical reasoning, equality, autonomy, human dignity, diversity, morality, social justice and integrity. Caring encompasses both the nurse’s empathy for and connection with the patient, and the nurse’s ability to translate these affective characteristics into compassionate, culturally sensitive care for each patient’s diverse needs.


Professional Role Development

Role development is the process of acquiring knowledge and experiences that will encourage graduates to embrace lifelong learning incorporate professionalism and accountability into their practices and identify with the values of the profession.


Global Perspectives

Global health care knowledge includes an understanding of the effects of the culturally diverse community from individual to global perspectives on such areas as disease transmission, violence, health policy and health care economics.


Health Care Systems and Policy

The professional nurse generalist understands the organization and environment in which nursing and health care is provided. This content and practice includes the dynamic relationships among institutions and organizations, public policy, economic and political factors, legal and regulatory processes and funding mechanisms.



Teaching/learning is a dynamic, life-long interactive process that has formal and informal elements. Formal teaching/learning occurs between two or more people, including a teacher and a learner. It consists of a set of planned, purposeful activities that assist the learner(s) in the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes and/or the performance of new skills. Informal teaching/learning process may involve one or more persons who may or may not be identified as a teacher or a learner. It consists of unplanned, spontaneous activities that enable a person to acquire new knowledge, attitudes or skills.