School of Nursing

Undergraduate Program Student Learning Outcomes

The University of Southern Maine School of Nursing undergraduate nursing program embraces the Maine Nurse Core Competencies (2013), AACN Baccalaureate Essentials (2008) and the University of Southern Maine’s Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes (2011) as foundational to the curriculum.

The baccalaureate graduate will:

  1. Integrate theoretical knowledge from nursing science, the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the biological sciences in the development of clinical reasoning for the practice of nursing care.
  2. Demonstrate professional, and ethical behaviors through reflective practice, strong communication, and respectful disciplinary, and interprofessional collaboration.
  3. Appraise effective use of technology and information systems to communicate, manage knowledge, minimize error, and generate data to support evidence-based decision making for safe nursing practice.
  4. Provide culturally appropriate patient centered care across the lifespan based on knowledge of individual, family and community preferences, values, and needs.
  5. Advocate for the health and well-being of individuals and communities based on an understanding of current healthcare systems and policies.
  6. The baccalaureate graduate will be able to explain the present and historical context of how racism and other forms of oppression influence health inequities, and consider the responsibility of nurses in dismantling oppression throughout health systems. 

 Approved by SON Faculty 11/23/2020