The mission of Concordia's BSN program is to develop each nursing students ability to serve as a Christian leader in professional or advanced nursing practice, promoting high-quality, safe patient/client care within diverse health care settings.
The goals of the BSN Nursing Program are threefold:
- Provide a strong knowledge, skill and attitude foundation for competent, evidence-based professional practice in providing and coordinating care of patients/clients, families, groups, communities and populations,
- Develop students' abilities to serve as Christian leaders in professional nursing roles and to be contributing members of the profession of nursing, and
- Prepare students to function as change agents to improve the quality and safety of healthcare within dynamic, complex healthcare systems.
Concordia's Nursing program outcomes are grouped according to the four professional nursing roles developed by the Texas Board of Nursing (2010).
As a member of the nursing profession, the BSN graduate will:
- Function within the nurse's legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the healthcare institution or practice setting,
- Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients, families, populations and communities,
- Promote the practice of professional nursing through leadership activities and advocacy, influencing healthcare policy formation and participation in the legislative process, and
- Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care and lifelong learning.
As a provider of patient-centered care, the BSN graduate will:
- Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the baccalaureate degree nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research studies as the basis for decision-making and comprehensive patient care,
- Assess the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients, families, populations and communities based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data and a synthesis of knowledge derived from a baccalaureate degree nursing program of study,
- Synthesize comprehensive assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients, families, populations and communities using information from evidence-based practice and research in collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team,
- Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients, families, populations and communities through a broad array of healthcare services,
- Implement the plan of care for patients, families, populations, and communities within legal, ethical and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness and promotion of healthy lifestyles,
- Evaluate and report patient, family, population and community outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks from evidence-based practice and research findings and plan follow-up nursing care,
- Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients, families, populations and communities to address health promotion, maintenance, restoration and population risk reduction, and
- Coordinate human, information and material management resources in providing care for patients, families, populations and communities.
As a patient safety advocate, the BSN graduate will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards,
- Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self and others,
- Formulate goals and outcomes using an evidence-based and theoretical analysis of available data to reduce patient and community risks,
- Obtain instruction, supervision or training as needed when implementing nursing procedures or practices,
- Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act, and
- Accept and make assignments and delegate tasks that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy.
As a member of the healthcare team, the BSN graduate will:
- Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, families, populations, communities and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver and evaluate care,
- Serve as a healthcare advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to healthcare for patients, families, populations and communities,
- Use multiple referral resources for patients, families, populations, and communities, considering cost, confidentiality, effectiveness and efficiency of care, continuity and continuum of care, and health promotion, maintenance and restoration,
- Communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients, families, populations and communities,
- Communicate and manage information using technology and informatics to support decision-making to improve patient care and delivery systems,
- Assign and/or delegate nursing care to other members of the healthcare team based upon an analysis of patient or organizational need, and
- Supervise nursing care provided by others for whom the nurse is responsible by using best practices of management, leadership and evaluation.