Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Students admitted to the BSN program are registered nurses who have completed the initial phase of their education through an associate degree or diploma nursing program.

Program Overview

The BSN curriculum focuses on critical thinking, responses to health and human functioning, nursing intervention and person-environment interaction within a context of cultural diversity. The curriculum also includes all the essential elements of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). An interdisciplinary emphasis encourages an understanding of a broad range of ideas, knowledge and methods of study.

Since most students in the UW Tacoma Nursing program are employed in a variety of health-care settings, courses are scheduled to enable students to continue employment while enrolled in the program of study. A BSN from UW Tacoma enhances the graduate’s ability to contribute to his or her community’s institutions and to the health of citizens of Washington state, particularly during this period of rapid change in health care.

Program Goals

Opportunities are provided to enable the learner to develop professionally and to meet the Nursing program goals, which are for graduates to:

  • Integrate concepts from the Arts and Sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  • Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
  • Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  • Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
  • Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  • Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
  • Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic and compassionate care to patients across the life span.

To support and document progress toward accomplishing these goals, each student is required to submit a portfolio of work completed during the student’s residence at UW Tacoma. This work will become a part of the student’s record of accomplishment in the program.