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RN-BSN Mission, Vision, Goal and Objectives


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.


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.


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.


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.