Educational Outcome Mastery
Below are six curricular outcomes the Auburn University School of Nursing handbook believes to be essential for successful and quality nursing practice. My education at AUSON was shaped around these principles in many different areas of the classroom and clinical practice. I have given you insight as to what these outcomes mean to me and I have also provided examples of how I have mastered each of the outcomes.
Communication and Collaboration Skills
and communicate effectively with health care team members, patients and
patients’ support networks to implement patient-centered care including appropriate
teaching for developmental stage, age, culture and health literacy to ensure
high quality outcomes.
information technologies to assist in effective communication, facilitate
patient care, and integrate evidence from all relevant resources to promote
high quality patient outcomes within microsystems and greater healthcare
My training at Auburn University has taught me that communication and collaboration are vital to nursing practice, and to health care as a whole. I have been prepared with good communication techniques and have utilized SBAR when communicating with nurses and physicians. I had Synergistic Medical and Resource Team (SMART) Training which focused on communication and quality communication skills. I have learned communication is not what is said, but what is heard by the listener. Not only have I learned how to communicate with health care professionals, but I understand the importance of therapeutic communication between a nurse and patient. I have had the opportunity to interact and communicate with a variety of patients of all ages. I have provided an example of a communication exercise I completed during my psychiatric rotation. I completed an Interpersonal Process Recording of a conversation I had with a young adult and focused on therapeutic communication throughout the conversation.
Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment in Clinical Practice
clinical judgment grounded in theories and concepts from liberal and nursing
education in the delivery of efficient, safe, compassionate, and evidence-based
ethics, caring and accountability for patient outcomes in all aspects of
professional nursing practice.
Critical thinking and clinical judgment skills are what separates nursing from other professions. Throughout my nursing school experience I have been pushed and challenged to think critically and put forth my clinical judgment. My lectures and clinical experience have allowed my to put my knowledge into action. Critical thinking and judgment was put into practice during many Simulation exercises through the Baptist South Simulation Center in Montgomery, Alabama as well as the school's personal Simulation Lab in Auburn Alabama. Here I completed a Mock Hospital scenario in which I was taking care of four patients on my own. During this time I was really challenged to think critically and to use my clinical judgment to prioritize and delegate responsibilities throughout the day. I have also completed many concept maps that required my knowledge and critical thinking skills to come up with nursing diagnoses for particular patients. I have provided a concept map that I completed during my clinical rotation at a long term care facility.
Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice Skills
evidence-based interventions to promote health, prevent disease and manage
acute and chronic care of patients across the lifespan.
consistent self reflection techniques to identify learning needs especially in
areas where knowledge is complex and changing rapidly
"Evidence-based practice" was an unfamiliar term to me when I first started nursing school, however, it is now something I am well aware of and something I intend to maintain throughout my nursing career. I understand that throughout my nursing career I will be continually looking at the evidence to find new and better ways of delivering quality patient care. I completed a course dedicated to enhancing my research skills. During this course I completed numerous evidence based practice and research projects. We had a group project in which we researched the best methods for breast cancer education delivery to the African American population. I have included a poster that was designed from a research paper that explored the best ways to deliver information to that population because they have higher rates of morbidity from breast cancer.
Clinical Prevention and Population Health Skills
patient-centered care emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention to
individuals, families and populations reflecting an understanding of human
growth and development, psychobiological factors, pathophysiology,
pharmacology, and management across the health – illness continuum.
clinical judgment with attention to effectiveness, efficacy, and equality in
providing nursing care during disaster, mass casualty, and other emergency
My education at AUSON emphasized the importance of primary health prevention thus I feel it is a very important aspect of my nursing career. I understand that my role as a nurse extends outside the hospital and into my surrounding community. I was afforded the opportunity to take part in a community intervention project in which my group implemented a primary prevention intervention related to breast cancer screening in Roanoke, Alabama. We first examined the best way to deliver information about breast cancer to women and we also pointed out their personal risk factors for the disease. I have attached a copy of the community intervention paper and have highlighted the implementation portion in which the intervention was carried out. We were able to able to get feedback from the women of the community and had a great time getting to talk with them.
9. Demonstrate a wide range of knowledge, skills and attitudes including cultural awareness, humility, sensitivity, and competency.
10. Incorporate holistic assessments, awareness of values and spiritual beliefs in the delivery of quality patient and family centered, evidence-based care of diverse and vulnerable populations.
I have learned that diversity is a big part of health care, and I have had the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds during my clinical rotation and community class. Cultural Sensitivity is a term that was emphasized at AUSON and something I will take with me into my nursing practice. I have respect for everyone, and I do not let a person's culture influence the quality of care I give them. I understand that a person's culture can have a big influence in their delivery of care and I believe that asking people about how their care is given is very important. I have learned that diversity is everywhere, and saw diversity within the community of Roanoke, AL when I did a community assessment project for Roanoke. I was able to assess the diversity in Roanoke, as well as recognize the community as a vulnerable population due to the closing of their local hospital. I have attached a small portion of the PowerPoint presentation of the project that highlights the diagnoses related to Roanoke.
ethical and critical decision making skills, mutually respectful communication,
collaboration, delegation, and conflict resolution techniques.
patient-centered transitions of care using leadership skills based on current
evidence, ongoing assessment of outcome measures, quality improvement and
and manage care for diverse individuals, families, groups and populations in
order to maximize health, independence, and quality of life at the microsystem
an understanding of the ambiguity and unpredictability of complex factors
effecting health care such as health care policy, finance, and regulatory
environments including local, national and global trend on equitable care of
I have achieved leadership skills during my time at AUSON from the lecture courses NURS 1480: Professional Nursing Leadership in Microsystems , NURS 4920: Transitions to Professional Nursing, and NURS 4911: Leadership Clinical. These courses have allowed me to understand the true meaning of leadership, as well as strengthen my personal leadership abilities. During my leadership clinical I assumed the role of the charge nurse and made patient assignments for my classmates and was responsible for making sure things were getting done on time and medications were correct and pulled and ready for distributing. I took part in a group project in which we conducted an hour long seminar related to Communication and Collaboration and presented this to our classmates. This seminar forced us to be leaders in delivering the information. One assignment in our Leadership class required the creation of a hospital unit in which we were the nurse manager. We had many different exercises in which we would have to describe the way we handled problems on the unit as well as describe our leadership style. I have attached the "My Hospital Unit" assignment below to give you more insight as to my leadership abilities.