The mission of The Valley Foundation School of Nursing is to: Provide educational excellence in the science and art of professional nursing while empowering our graduates to be responsible and knowledgeable clinicians, leaders, and scholars who will meet changing global healthcare needs. (Rev. 2012)

Baccalaureate Student Learning Outcomes

End-of-Program Competencies

The baccalaureate program prepares the graduate to be a competent professional nurse who demonstrates the ability to:

1. Conduct comprehensive and focused biopsychosocial and environmental assessments of health and illness parameters in clients, using culturally appropriate approaches.

2. Plan, implement, and evaluate client-centered care that demonstrates the safe application of the pathophysiological, medical, and nursing management of common acute and chronic illnesses, and health promotion.

3. Use the nursing process to provide appropriate evidence-based nursing care to

manage the client’s experience and promote health.

4. Deliver client-centered education that integrates the application of developmental stages across the lifespan, cultural background, educational level, and health literacy considerations.

5. Act as a client advocate to develop strategies for addressing adherence/compliance issues in client-centered care.

6. Demonstrates accountability for safe administration and evaluation of pharmacologic agents and complementary modalities used in health promotion as well as acute and chronic illnesses.

7. Use relevant technology to provide nursing care that contributes to safe and high quality client outcomes.

8. Communicate effectively with clients and members of the interprofessional healthcare team to improve client outcomes.

9. Demonstrate beginning levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability for client outcomes when delegating to and supervising other members of the healthcare team.

10. Assumes responsibility for and evaluates own professional nursing practice according to the ethical standards of the ANA Code for Nurses, standards of nursing practice, and legal mandates.

11. Coordinate and manage healthcare for a group of individuals across the lifespan in order to maximize health, independence, and quality of life.

12. Analyze the influence of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on nursing practice in the global community.

(Revised 3/19/2008 Curriculum Revision Task Force; Approved Full Faculty 4/7/2008; Amended and Approved Full Faculty 11/10/2008, Rev. 2/2009 Amended and Approved Full Faculty 3/9/ 2009)


Outcomes - MS Nursing

Incorporating systems theory concepts, ANA Social Policy Statement (1995), relevant ANA Standards of Care, AACN Essentials for Masters
Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (1996), National Organization of Nurse Practioner Faculties (NONPF); and the California Board of Nursing,
the master's nursing graduate will:

  1. apply critical thinking and ethical decision-making including the use of the nursing and research processes;
  2. provide theory and research-based culturally competent, safe therapeutic nursing interventions for clients in advanced nursing practice;
  3. employ advanced interpersonal skills in professional relationships with clients, families/caregivers, and multidisciplinary health care team members;
  4. support health promotion and disease prevention activities in developing and monitoring holistic plans of care for well and at-risk clients,considering access, quality, and cost;
  5. demonstrate the collaborative and leadership skills required in advanced nursing practice within a multidisciplinary and multicultural (community) health care context;
  6. plan, implement, and evaluate advanced nursing practice that promotes and preserves health and healthy lifestyles of individual clients and aggregates;
  7. plan, implement, and evaluate advanced therapeutic nursing practice in a rapidly changing, multicultural health care environment;
  8. implement care management, including but not limited to case management, resource management, advocacy, and outcome evaluation;
  9. employ information technology in advanced nursing practice to evaluate and improve health care delivery and outcomes;
  10. actualize the advanced nursing practice role by incorporating professional standards, ethical guidelines, legal mandates, and professional activities


Assessment Reports BS

Assessment Reports MS

Program Planning Report

School of Nursing Program Planning Report 2012 (pdf)

School of Nursing Letter to the Provost 2013 (pdf)

School of Nursing Action Plan 2013 (pdf)

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