About the School of Nursing

Mission Statement 

Through a community of faith and scholarship, the Benedictine College School of Nursing provides an evidence-based education with direct and indirect clinical experiences to prepare future nurse leaders. We are forming these generalist professionals to deliver person-centered; ethical; holistic; compassionate; and safe and effective nursing care. 

Degree

Benedictine College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The four-year program is what is known in nursing as a 2 + 2.  Students complete two years of liberal arts studies and nursing prerequisites; completing all the general degree requirements of Benedictine College prior to the nursing program. Students will typically apply to the nursing program in their sophomore year and take nursing courses their junior and senior years.

Program Outcomes and Performance Indicators

The following program outcomes based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) drive the undergraduate curriculum. The graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will demonstrate the following role dimensions of the professional nurse:

1. Provider of Care

Use the nursing process to provide evidence-based, culturally competent care that incorporates bio-psycho-social, ethical, and spiritual aspects of health.

Performance Indicators

Demonstrates use of nursing process:

  • Performs assessments appropriately;
  • Accurately analyzes assessment data;
  • Plans appropriate interventions;
  • Demonstrates appropriate interventions;
  • Evaluates patient care outcomes; and
  • Documents accurately.

 Incorporates bio-psycho-social, ethical, and spiritual aspects of health into care:

  • Incorporates evidence-based care principles;
  • Provides ethical, culturally competent care; and
  • Incorporates spiritual components into care.

 2. Leader of Care

Facilitate leadership through collaboration and advocacy to design and coordinate safe, cost-effective, quality care of individuals, families, and aggregates.

Performance Indicators

Demonstrates appropriate coordination, delegation, and supervision of nursing care.

Designs and evaluates safe, effective, quality care for individuals, families, and aggregates.

Advocates for clients through collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.

3. Member of a Profession

Enact professional behaviors that communicate respect for own and others’ values, commitment to ongoing learning, and promotion of social justice.

Performance Indicators

Demonstrates the use of professional nursing standards.

Communicates respectfully in a clear, accurate, relevant manner in oral, nonverbal, and written modes.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Pre- Licensure Baccalaureate of Nursing Program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) to admit 36 junior students each year for a total of 72 students.

Facilities

Opened in the fall of 2010, the upper level of the Mother Teresa Center for Nursing and Health Education houses the college’s nursing program. The nursing area consists of a large classroom, a clinical skills lab, four simulation rooms, an area for practicing clinical assessment skills, several study areas, seven faculty offices, and an administrative office.

Licensure

Upon completion of graduation requirements, the graduate may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for professional nurses. Licensure applicants must have completed the basic professional curriculum from an approved program of nursing.

Graduation does not ensure licensure eligibility. Certain criminal activity, functional abilities, and other applicant information may render a graduate ineligible for licensure. The State Board of Nursing in the state in which licensure is sought will make the decision whether or not to allow the individual to take the licensure examination.

For additional information, refer to Sections KSA 65-1120 of the State of Kansas Nurse Practice Act at www.ksbn.org, or the Nurse Practice Act of the state in which the graduate anticipates licensure.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

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