End-of-program outcomes

End-of-program outcomes for Decker School of Nursing programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree are consistent with professional standards and congruent with the school's mission, vision and philosophy.

Master of Science programs

MS Essential I: Background for Practice from Science and Humanities

  • Integrate nursing and related sciences including emergent genetic/genomic evidence into the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of advanced nursing care to diverse populations while accounting for client values and clinical judgment.

MS Essential II: Organization and Systems Leadership

  • Enact leadership skills and behaviors to assure high-quality, culturally responsive, cost-effective healthcare within a variety of organizational systems and in collaboration with interprofessional teams and using sound economic principles.

MS Essential III: Quality Improvement and Safety

  • Initiate quality improvement methods to ensure client safety and improve healthcare outcomes by monitoring, analyzing and evaluating healthcare data within complex healthcare systems.

MS Essential IV: Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice

  • Translate evidence into practice through application of relevant theory, use of clinical practice guidelines, critical appraisal of research and acquisition/dissemination of knowledge to resolve practice problems, enhance healthcare delivery and improve health outcomes for aggregates.

MS Essential V: Informatics and Healthcare Technologies

  • Employ information management systems and emerging technologies to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings, analyze point-of-care outcomes, ensure safe and effective quality care, support lifelong learning and health literacy and communicate health information with individuals and groups.

MS Essential VI: Health Policy and Advocacy

  • Promote social justice by advocating, analyzing, interpreting, developing and implementing healthcare policy at the institutional, local, state and/or federal level for the betterment of nursing practice and healthcare delivery.

MS Essential VII: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Client and Population Health Outcomes

  • Use effective verbal and written communication strategies to develop and lead interprofessional teams and partnerships to promote and improve client and population health outcomes.

MS Essential VIII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health

  • Synthesize principles and determinants of health to advance equitable and proficient services for health promotion and the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of responses to health or illness in individuals, families, communities and aggregates/clinical populations.

MS Essential IX: Master's Level Nursing Practice

  • Ensure the delivery of safe, quality, evidence-based care to diverse populations presenting with complex healthcare problems in a variety of settings at the local, state, national or global level exemplifying the highest standards of the profession.

DSON Essential X: Ethics

  • Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional conduct exemplifying core nursing values and ethical behaviors and consistent with the legal scope and standards of practice.

Doctor of Nursing Practice programs

Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

  • Develop new practice approaches based on theory and scientific evidence to transform healthcare delivery and improve healthy outcomes for diverse patient populations, including those who are vulnerable or live in rural areas.

Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking

  • Enact leadership, management and communication skills within complex healthcare systems to ensure the delivery of safe, effective, ethical and fiscally responsible quality care to improve patient outcomes.

Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

  • Evaluate implementation of evidence-based quality improvement initiatives that address practice patterns, healthcare organizations and variances in health outcomes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.

Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Healthcare

  • Construct methods for assessing outcomes of care, care systems and quality-improvement initiatives using healthcare information systems and patient-care technology while honoring the ethical and legal protections related to personal health information and health communications.

Essential V: Healthcare Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare

  • Formulate evidence-based and consumer-oriented nursing and health policies that encompass equity and social justice at the institutional, local, state and/or federal level.

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

  • Employ collaborative and consultative leadership skills, using effective verbal and written communication skills, to resolve complex practice problems and organizational issues through development and implementation of practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, standards of care and/or other scholarly works.

Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation's Health

  • Collaborate with the healthcare team to ensure the provision of evidence-based, culturally sensitive clinical-prevention and population-health services for individuals, aggregates and populations based on the analysis of epidemiological, biostatistical and environmental data.

Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice

  • Deliver comprehensive evidence-based nursing care within chosen area of specialization, demonstrating advanced levels of clinical judgment, understanding of health systems and healthcare policy and adapted to meet the needs of diverse clients to improve patient outcomes.