Mission

The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare highly qualified nursing professionals leaders in service, education and research to work in an interdisciplinary manner within a changing and culturally diverse society.

Vision

State-of-the-art institution with local, national and international prestige in the training of nursing professionals of excellence capable of transforming the nursing profession, the provision of services and public health policy.

Values

  • Respect for Human Dignity
  • Honesty
  • Authenticity
  • Responsibility
  • Justice
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Equality
  • Loyalty

Goals

The main goals of the School of Nursing are:

  1. Prepare nurse generalists at the baccalaureate level with the knowledge, ethical decision making, critical thinking, technical and technological skills and attitudes necessary to practice as professional nurses, and to assume a leadership role when offering direct competent care that is evidence-based, collaborative, interdisciplinary and culturally congruent with individuals, groups and populations in a variety of settings, including primary, secondary, and tertiary health care levels.
  2. Prepare master’s level nurses with knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice and research for the improvement of health care and the advancement of education, administration, and practice that may assume leadership roles as teachers in nursing education programs, administrators of nursing services, specialists, and nurse anesthetists.
  3. Prepare nurse scientists at a doctorate level to conduct research in nursing and contribute to the advancement of nursing science and improvement of practice.
  4. Provide continuing education activities to enhance knowledge and lifelong learning among professional nurses and other health professionals.
  5. Contribute to the development of nursing professionals for the improvement of health care at the national and international levels.

Expected Program Outcomes

The levels of achievement which encompass student achievement, faculty achievement and other program selected indicators of achievement. These are classified as:

  1. Learning Outcomes
  2. Faculty Outcomes
  3. Other outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

Characteristics or attributes attained by students as a result of program activities.

A. Expected BSN Learning Outcomes:

1. Competent Practitioner: BSN graduates demonstrate behaviors as competent practitioners through the following:

  • Application of nursing process skills
  • Basic level direct client services
  • Cultural and ethical sensibility
  • Leadership skills
  • Technical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Patient care technologies
  • Information management systems

2. Research Skills: BSN graduates demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Application of scientific reasoning to solve problem situations
  • Basic understanding of the research process and models for applying evidence to clinical
  • practice and protection of human subjects in the conduct of research
  • Access, analysis and utilization of relevant literature and utilization of relevant research findings for evidence based practice in patient care at different settings

3. Critical Thinking Skills: BSN graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills through the following behaviors:

  • Use of clinical judgment and decision making skills
  • Engage in objective self-evaluation process
  • Evaluate nursing care outcomes
  • Foster creative problem solving

B. Expected MSN Learning Outcomes:

 1. Competent Practitioner: MSN graduates demonstrate behavior as competent practitioners through:

  • Application of body of knowledge
  • Performance of advanced assessment
  • Advanced skills for direct client services
  • Leadership skills
  • Application of ethical principles and multicultural knowledge
  • Communication skills and collaborative/interdependent relationships

2. Research Skills: MSN graduates demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Capability to analyze and critique research publications
  • Utilization of research findings in practice
  • Active participation in designing and implementing research studies or evidence based projects
  • Dissemination of research findings at different levels.

3. Critical Thinking Skills: MSN graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills through the following behaviors:

  • Application of theories and models in problem solving and decision making when applicable
  • Application of inductive and deductive reasoning for decision making
  • Objective professional practice self-evaluation
  • Creative problem solving.

C. Expected MSN-Anesthesia (NAP) Learning Outcomes:

1. Competent Practitioner:

NAP graduates demonstrate behaviors as competent practitioners through: Application of knowledgeable, ethical and legal practice; communication skills; and leadership and clinical competencies of nurse anesthetists as defined by COA.

2. Research Skills/EBP

NAP graduates demonstrate the following behaviors: Critical appraisal and synthesis of the most relevant and best evidence, utilization of the best evidence into practice, design, implementation, and dissemination of evidence based projects (EBP).

3. Critical Thinking Skills

NAP graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills through the following behaviors:   Problem solving and decision making, objective professional practice self-evaluation, and creative problem solving.

EXPECTED FACULTY OUTCOMES

  1. 100% of faculty evidence engagement in activities conducive to professional development and expertise in areas of responsibility within a period of three years.
  2. 100% of faculty evidence engagement in professional activities within the professional organizations, and other communities of interest within a period of three years.
  3. 100% of faculty evidence engagement in professional activities within the professional organizations, and other communities of interest within a period of three years.

OTHER EXPECTED PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • SON Expected Student Satisfaction Outcomes
  1. 80% of students will be satisfied with course content, teaching learning methodology, evaluation strategies and faculty evaluation.
  2. 80% of graduating students will be satisfied with achievement of learning outcomes related to competent practitioner, research, and critical thinking.
  3. 70% of graduating students will be satisfied with the acquired knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for professional performance.
  4. 80% of graduating students will be satisfied with the program.
  5. 80% of alumni will be satisfied with the program.
  • SON Expected Student Program Completion Outcomes
  1. 80% of students will be promoted through the program according to the established curricular sequence.
  2. 75% of admitted students will be retained.
  3. 70% of admitted students of each program will graduate in the established time frame.
  4. 80% of BSN graduates will pass the Puerto Rico Nursing Board Examination (PRNBE) in their first intent.
  5. 80% of anesthesia graduates will pass the national certification examination (NCE) in their first intent.
  6. 70% of graduates will be employed or studying within 6 months to one year after graduation.
  7. 80% of employers will be satisfied with alumni and with the program.