End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
The expected culmination of all learning experiences occurring during the CCBC Practical Nursing Program is to prepare an entry level practitioner who are prepared and committed to:
1. Promote Optimal Health for patients, families, communities and themselves;
2. Demonstrate sound Nursing Judgment;
3. Continually develop their Professional Identity;
4. Maintain a Spirit of Inquiry as they seek to continually improve nursing practice and health care.
Upon graduation from the Community College of Baltimore County Practical Nursing Program, the practical nurse entry-level practitioner will be able to:
1. Collaborate with members of the health care team to advocate for patients, families and communities in order to provide safe, high quality nursing care;
2. Demonstrate effective communication techniques and caring behaviors with patients, families and communities to improve health outcomes;
3. Provide nursing care to patients, families, and communities recognizing their diversity and spirituality;
4. Use informatics and evidence-based practice to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities;
5. Design health promotion activities that contribute to the wellness of patients, families and communities;
6. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility in the delivery of patient-centered nursing care of patients, families and communities;
7. Apply the nursing process as a systematic method of providing patient-centered nursing care throughout the life span;
8. Analyze the essential pharmacologic principles used in providing care for patients;
9. Adhere to the standards of excellence essential to professionalism incorporating ethics, integrity, caring, leadership, advocacy, and life-long learning;
10. Promote safety for patients, families, and communities within health care systems;
11. Perform nursing skills independently using available technology to meet standards of efficacy and safety;
12. Integrate patient-centered teaching into the nursing care of patients, families, and communities;
13. Demonstrate sound nursing judgment in clinical practice based on evidence which promotes optimal health for patients, families and communities.
Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program, the graduate applies to take the National Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Permission to take the NCLEX-PN examination is established by law and granted by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The Board may deny a graduate this permission for a variety of reasons. This includes: 8-6A-10 (a)4- if convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding to have the conviction or plea set aside [Nurse Practice Act, Annotated Code of Maryland].
During the clinical components of the program, clinical sites may determine to decline a student based on the criminal background check or drug screen. If a student is declined by two clinical facilities, they are unable to meet clinical objectives and cannot progress in the nursing program.