Chatham University

RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Mission Statement

Chatham University’s Nursing Programs prepare graduates, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to advance the quality and safety of healthcare.

Program Goals

Building upon a liberal arts foundation, the RN-BSN program expands the student’s nursing knowledge, skills, and professional role. The program prepares the nursing graduate, based on the AACN (2008) Essentials, to provide holistic, evidence-based nursing care, in health and in illness, with diverse populations in the ever-changing and complex healthcare environment. The graduate will be able to function as an integral member of an interprofessional team promoting patient safety, cultural sensitivity, and quality outcomes. The BSN will demonstrate clinical reasoning, care management and evaluation skills, use of informatics technology, and genetics/genomics knowledge through professional nursing practice with patients across the lifespan in various healthcare settings. These nurses are committed to ongoing professional education and scholarly work to remain current in the generalist nursing role.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the RN-BSN Program:

  1. Utilizes the nursing process in the protection, promotion, and optimization of health in care of individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Integrates evidence-based findings into professional nursing practice.
  3. Acts as a change agent in planned change improving health care delivery and health care systems.
  4. Applies interpersonal and technological communication effectively.
  5. Provides culturally competent care that reflects worth, dignity, and uniqueness of individuals and groups in diverse global populations.
  6. Applies concepts of health promotion to individuals, families, and communities in a global society.
  7. Manifests personal and professional growth through role socialization as a professional nurse.
  8. Exhibits inter-professional collaboration with other health team members in planning, coordinating, providing, and evaluating care.
  9. Demonstrates nursing leadership behaviors.
  10. Synthesizes knowledge from nursing and other related disciplines in the acquisition and application of nursing knowledge, competencies, and values for professional practice.