Program Evaluations

The Indiana University School of Nursing Evaluation Methodology for the Pre-licensure BSN Program, RN to BSN Program and the MSN Program
We are currently using Chen's Evaluation Theory as a guide to our design and implementation of program evaluation.  Using program evaluation theory allows for rich, valuable data to be analyzed and interpreted in order to improve our nursing programs.

PRE-LICENSURE BSN PROGRAM EVALUATION

In the profession of nursing, guidelines for program goals and core competencies have been published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, 2008.  The accrediting agency for the IU Kokomo School of Nursing BSN, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), requires use of a guiding framework, such as the Essentials, for the curriculum.

Pre-Licensure BSN Program Outcomes Based on BSN Essentials

IU Kokomo BSN Program Outcomes:  The IU Kokomo BSN graduate will meet the following program outcomes:
  1. The BSN graduate applies a solid base in liberal education in the practice of nursing.
  2. The BSN graduate applies knowledge and skills in quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. The BSN graduate translates current evidence for best practices in the provision of nursing care.
  4. The BSN graduate applies knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of nursing care.
  5. The BSN graduate understands the interplay between health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on the nursing care situation.
  6. The BSN graduate collaborates with members of other disciplines to deliver effective patient centered care.
  7. The BSN graduate demonstrates clinical prevention and population health skills.
  8. The BSN graduate demonstrates professionalism and the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, and social justice.
  9. The BSN graduate practices nursing with individuals, families, groups, communities, and respecting the complexity of the care situation.

We also integrate the NCLEX Test map into our framework to ensure that our students have the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the licensing exam and to practice as a registered nurse.  In the School of Nursing, we are committed to measuring every program outcome every year in the BSN program.  Assessments utilized to monitor our progress in meeting student outcomes include the following:

Assessments

  1. ATI assessments:  The School of Nursing uses the ATI program for all nursing students beginning in the Sophomore II semester.  With the program, students get a myriad of study resources and individualized, nationally normed test results in all of the major content areas for nursing, as well as critical thinking.  Students take proctored, online content exams toward the close of most nursing courses.
  2. Graduate Survey: Near the close of the senior year, students complete a self report instrument in which they rate their own abilities in each of the student learning outcome areas.
  3. Alumni Survey: One year post graduation, BSN alumni are mailed a survey similar to the graduate survey though somewhat shorter, that includes self report items for every program goal.
  4. Employer Survey/Feedback: Every year, managers, administrators, and supervisors from area health care agencies are surveyed regarding the performance of the new IU Kokomo graduates they have hired.
  5. NCLEX Pass Rate: Our graduates take a national licensure exam designed to "ensure public protection." It "measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse."  We receive quarterly reports about graduate performance on the NCLEX as well as a calendar year report of the percentage of test takers from our program that passed on the first attempt.

All assessments are benchmarked and creteria are either nationally normed or the Evaluation Committee reaches consensus through discussion and vote.

Pre-licensure BSN Reports

RN TO BSN PROGRAM EVALUATION

Our RN to BSN students are not pre-licensure students (they have passed their NCLEX licensing exam and currently hold a state unencumbered RN license); therefore, the focus on obtaining the minimal competency to practice nursing is assumed to have been met in the prior degree.  Our curriculum framework for this program is The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, 2008.  Our focus is to prepare them for the professional role of the BSN.  Assessments utilized to monitor our program outcomes include the following:

Portfolio for Evaluation

The portfolio is a mechanism used to validate the knowledge; skills meeting course and program outcomes, and course expectations have been acquired either through course related assignments or through methods occurring outside the classroom setting.  Students are instructed to add to the portfolio every semester.  The portfolio as a whole is evaluated in their last semester.  A grading rubric is provided for overall evaluation of the portfolio, addressing appearance, completeness, and quality of the materisls included and comparing them with the program outcomes.  Every portfolio will be evaluated in terms of how well the student has demonstrated that he/she has met the BSN program outcomes.

Graduate Survey: Near the close of the senior year, students complete a self report instrument in which they rate their own abilities in each of the student learning outcome areas.

Alumni Survey: One year post graduation, BSN alumni are mailed a survey similar to the graduate survey though somewhat shorter, that includes self report items for every program goal.

RN To BSN Reports

MSN PROGRAM EVALUATION

A curriculum was created that would meet the needs of advanced practice nurses in administration and education in order to practice in the twenty-first century.  To accomplish these goals the following curriculum guides and frameworks were used.

The Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing

The MSN Essentials is a consensus-based document defining the essential curricular elements of master's education in nursing for advanced practice as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife.

For the nursing administration track the MSN Essentials were the standard to match all essential curriculum elements,  In addition, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Manager-Leader, AONE Nurse Executive, and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) competencies were used.  Competencies were used as a framework to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to be a nurse leader in health care today, as well as prepare the graduate for the AONE and ANCC certifcation exams.

For the nursing education track, we used the Nurse Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Educators (Halstead, 2007) was used as a framework to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality instruction and evaluation in the health care environment or academia.  In addition, this framework prepares the graduate to take the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Certification Exam.

Portfolio for Evaluation

The portfolio is a mechanism used to validate that knowledge and skills have been acquired and course and program outcomes have been met.  These have been acquired through course related assignments or through methods occurring outside the classroom setting.  Students are instructed to add to the portfolio every semester.  Assignments are collected in e-format.  A grading rubric is provided for overall evaluation of the components of the portfolio, addressing appearance, completeness, and quality of the materials included.  Portfolio contents are compared against program outcomes.

Graduate Survey: Near the close of the semester, students complete a self report instrument in which they rate their own abilities in each of the student learning outcome areas.

Alumni Survey: One year post graduation, MSN alumni are mailed a survey that includes self report items for every program goal.

MSN Reports