B.S. in Nursing

Assessment Plan

Programs        

  1. Pre licensure nursing program,   Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  2. Post licensure nursing program,  RN-BSN

Congruence of Institutional Student Learning Objectives and Nursing Program objectives is clearly evident.   The ILOs of Thinking and Reasoning, Communication, Diversity, Collaboration, and Sustainability are integrated within the Nursing Program SLOs.  ILO 6 addressing specialized education is the focus of all 5 Nursing Program SLOs.  The congruence of the ILOs and SLOs is mapped as follows:

  • Institutional ILO 1 is addressed by Nursing program SLO 1,2, 3
  • Institutional ILO 2 is addressed by Nursing program SLO 2,3,5
  • Institutional ILO 3 is addressed by Nursing program SLO  2,3,4,5
  • Institutional ILO 4 is addressed by Nursing program SLO 2, 3,4,5
  • Institutional ILO 5 is addressed by Nursing program SLO 4,5
  • Institutional ILO 6 is addressed by Nursing program SLO  1,2,3,4,5

Assessments of SLOs and ILOs

Brief Descriptions

Assessment of student progression and achievement of SLOs and ILOs is in place throughout the Nursing Program curriculum.  Assessment approaches include direct observations in clinical settings, assignments, tests, performance evaluations in skills and simulation laboratory settings and standardized examinations as presented here.

      Pre Licensure Program

  1. NCLEX – The Board of Registered Nurses in California administers this comprehensive exam to the graduates of the nursing program for licensure.  The CSUEB nursing program tracks the pass fail rate of graduates who take the exam.
  2. ATI Comprehensive Exam – This standardized test is taken by all students in the capstone course, Preceptor Seminar. The test results are evaluated by the Level 3 coordinator and the nursing faculty curriculum committee to evaluate student learning outcomes.
  3. Preceptor Practicum N4301 – all students complete a final practicum experience.  For pre licensure students this is 240 hours. RN/ADN-BSN students complete a  preceptor course N4305 which includes a professional project implementation.
  4. Clinical Evaluation - Pre licensure students participate in 11 clinical practicums.  Students are evaluated following each clinical practicum with a progressive clinical evaluation tool based on student learning objectives (See attached final clinical evaluation form)
  5. Evidence Based Practice Literature analysis – Level 1  pre licensure students complete an EBP review paper, Level 2  pre licensure students complete an EBP research critique of a qualitative study.     Level 3  pre licensure and RN/ADN-BSN students complete a research course including literature analysis and critique of evidence for a professional practice issue.
  6. Critical Thinking in Practice – all pre-licensure students complete care plans in the first 10 clinical practicums.  Care plans apply theoretical knowledge to nursing practice.  Progressive critical thinking, planning and knowledge application is evaluated by clinical instructors. Students are not allowed to progress if level of functioning in knowledge, skills and attitudes is not evident.  In Level 3 pre licensure and RN-BSN students complete a comprehensive community assessment which applies advanced critical thinking and analysis to the community. 
  7. Simulation – all pre licensure students complete simulation case studies of progressive complexity through the program.  At present, students complete 22 Scenarios in level 1, and 12 scenarios in level 2 and plans are in progress for simulation in level 3.
  8. Skills -  all pre licensure students demonstrate competency in nursing skills through skills competency testing in each skills laboratory course in Level 1(NURS 2022, 2032, 2042) and Level 2 (NURS 3001,3002,3003).  RN/ADN-BSN students demonstrate competency in nursing skills in NURS 3503 advanced physical assessment.
  9.  Professional Writing and Communication -   Professional writing assignments are incorporated into each level of the nursing program with culminating assignments in the leadership and the capstone course of the preceptor seminar.

Post licensure program - RN/ADN to BSN

Note:  The post licensure program includes students who have completed an ADN degree in nursing and are licensed RNs.  The program is 1 year full time or 2 years part time.  As these students have passed the NCLEX prior to enrollment, the course work path is different and assessment of SLOs does not include clinical skills evaluation, simulation or the level 1 and level 2 assessments.  The SLOs remain the same for these students and the assessments included in Level 3 research, community health, and leadership remain the same. 

Signature Assessments for SLOs and ILO

Assessment of the ILOs occurs simultaneously with assessment of program SLOs in each level of the program.  In the final year of the program, the preceptor seminar serves as the final course for the nursing program (N4301 for pre licensure students and N4305 for post licensure students). In N 4301, the pre licensure students complete the ATI exam and assignments on communication, professional practice, ethical decision making and advocacy. In N4302, the post licensure students complete a professional change project. Following graduation the pre-licensure students take the NCLEX exam for licensure. These signature assignments are evaluated by course instructors.  Future implementation of a capstone simulation assessment in the preceptor seminar is being considered.

Overview of Assessment Process

 Gathering the Data

Data from the assessments is collected throughout the nursing program (see Appendix 1 Mapping).  Data from the final preceptorship course is collected by the instructor following the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring (RN-BSN only) course sections.  Data from the NCLEX is received by the program quarterly from the Board of Registered Nurses.

 Data Analysis

Level Coordinators (Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3) review the data at level team meetings each quarter, and at the end of the year. Level 3 instructors review the data from the final course with the Level 3 coordinators and the department chair.   The curriculum committee meets quarterly to review program outcome data and other program curricular matters. The department chair reviews the NCLEX exam test data.  At the annual retreat, the data is presented to the faculty and goals for program improvement are discussed and program change is made.  For example, a course success for nursing was added to support student transition in to the program.  In simulation, electronic charting has been introduced to enhance use of technology in the practice of nursing.  The Evidenced Based paper in level 1 has been revised to more effectively encourage critical thinking and use of evidence.

As required by Nursing Program accreditation for the BRN (Board of Registered Nurses) and the AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing), program review and evaluation is ongoing.  Annual review and reporting is required and an accreditation report is written every accreditation cycle (5 or 10 years).  Annual review is also submitted for the internal university CAPR report. The analysis of SLOs is congruent with this process.

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