Chatham University

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

Mission Statement

Chatham University's Nursing Programs prepare graduates, bachelor's level through the doctoral level, on campus and around the world to advance the quality, safety, and sustainability of healthcare among a diverse population while being an engaged and respectful citizen.

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. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and other related disciplines in acquisition and application of nursing knowledge, competencies, and values for professional practice.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge for nursing leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety in order to provide high quality care.
  3. Integrate evidence-based findings into professional nursing practice.
  4. Apply skills related to information management and patient care technology in order to deliver quality patient care
  5. Comprehend the influence of healthcare policies and finance on healthcare system operations.
  6. Utilize interprofessional collaboration and communication with other health team members in planning, coordinating, providing, and evaluating care.
  7. Apply concepts of clinical prevention and health promotion to individuals, families, and communities in a global society.
  8. Provide professional, culturally competent, and ethically congruent care that reflects dignity and uniqueness of individuals and groups in diverse global populations.
  9. Utilize the nursing process and health care resources in the protection, promotion, and optimization of health in care of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.