Outcomes are developed based on the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education, 2003, as well as other state and national professional guidelines to reflect the constant changes in nursing and nursing education. The outcomes also reflect the missions and philosophies of the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing and the parent institutions.

Upon completion of this program, the nursing graduate will be prepared to:

  • Use the nursing process as a guide to deliver ethical, ethno-culturally specific, and competent comprehensive nursing care to clients in a variety of settings and across the life span.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability to clients, other health care workers and the profession of nursing.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate leadership and management skills in the delivery of health care services and the practice of professional nursing.
  • Use research findings and community resources while interacting with clients to promote wellness and facilitate restoration of health or a dignified death.
  • Accept accountability for practice behaviors, action and responsibility for life-long personal and professional development.

Nursing education at PHSSN includes classroom instruction, clinical instruction, as well as simulated experiences. Students also practice virtual patient cases with microsimulation, a software technology which simulates medical emergencies and procedures to help learners develop decision-making and critical thinking skills.