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FSU’s Nursing Program already has students enrolled from numerous counties across Maryland, who work at many different facilities in varying capacities. This has created an inspired learning environment for all students. When discussion occurs in the classroom, whether via an Asynchronous Discussion ‘Chat’ Board or through a Synchronous ‘Virtual’ Classroom, critical thought, networking opportunities, and exposure to life-long personal and professional development proliferate. This type of collegiality also fosters exposure to research possibilities and best practice. Our students take these concepts back to their colleagues and work environments, thereby applying their learning to real-world situations, ultimately promoting professionalism and leadership within nursing practice.

Here at FSU’s RN-BSN Program, we have several integrated strategies throughout all of our courses that make the above statements a reality, and fulfill the below Mission and Vision Statements, the Program’s Overall Goal, and the Program Objectives. These strategies include:

  • Encouraging the utilization of technological innovations, with strong faculty support for implementation and application, to foster compliance with the emerging needs for a technological competent nurse
  • Collaborating with “real” Nursing Leaders throughout the course curriculum in order to compare and contrast textbook learning with real-life application
  • Developing projects that measure learning outcomes and are often be implemented within the workplace, rather than memorizing information for testing purposes.
  • Supporting the Nursing Industry’s value of a strong writing style in APA format in order to disseminate information and advance the knowledge base of our profession

The following are the actual statements nourished by these strategies.

  • Nursing Program’s Mission: In keeping with the mission of FSU, the RN to BSN Program provides a pathway for success to registered nurses in western Maryland and surrounding regions.  The program provides student-centered learning experiences in a supportive community to prepare registered nurses to assume leadership positions, manage complex clinical care, and improve the health and welfare of the citizens within their community and across the nation. The RN to BSN program fosters life-long personal and professional development, promotes involvement in the community, and offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities to link student learning to the reality of today’s health care system.
  • Nursing Program’s Vision: The RN to BSN Program at FSU strives to be the program of choice for nurses in western Maryland and the surrounding region who choose to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Its graduates will demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration with other health care professionals, and a willingness to engage individuals, families, and communities in making decisions about their health.
  • Nursing Program’s Goal: The RN to BSN Program prepares the registered nurse to be a professional health care practitioner who provides compassionate care, which is based on scientific evidence and who serves as the link between the patient (individual, family, community, or population) and the health care environment across the lifespan.
  • Program Objectives: The RN to BSN Program prepares the graduate to:
    • Utilize critical thinking and creativity to address professional practice and patient care issues.
    • Apply leadership concepts and collaborative strategies to the process of nursing care delivery.
    • Utilize quality improvement and safety management principles in clinical nursing practice.
    • Identify and understand basic elements of nursing research.
    • Integrate scientific evidence with clinical judgment and patient preference to improve patient outcomes.
    • Safely use information technology to improve patient care.
    • Describe the ethical, legal, political, and financial influences on the delivery of patient care.
    • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and collaborative strategies that support the delivery of interdisciplinary, patient-centered care.
    • Provide evidence-based, preventive health care to families, communities, and vulnerable populations in community-based settings.
    • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes of professional nursing practice.