Bachelor of Science in Nursing Learning Goals for the RN-to-BSN Program


  1. Integrate concepts and ways of knowing from the arts and sciences in promoting health and managing nursing care across the wellness-illness continuum. (Essential I)
  1. Demonstrate value-based professional behaviors that integrate empathy, autonomy, integrity, social justice, equity as well as respect for diversity and inclusion, human rights, and human dignity through cultivating partnerships with patients, families and communities.  (Essentials VIII, IX)
  1. Deliver and advocate for health equity through health promotion, care coordination and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and population levels. (Essentials VII, IX)
  1. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings. (Essential II)
  1. Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice. (Essential III)
  1. Demonstrate integration of nursing scholarship, critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, safe, evidence-based, holistic, compassionate and high quality care to individuals, families, communities and populations across the lifespan. (Essentials III, IX)
  1. Translate principles of safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality care to individuals, families, communities, and populations. (Essentials II, III, IX)
  1. Utilize information, communication and patient care technology tools to facilitate clinical decision-making and the delivery of safe, effective and high quality nursing care. (Essentials IV, IX)
  1. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration within and across disciplines and with the public to optimize health outcomes. (Essential VI)
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors influence the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care. (Essentials I, V)

The UW Bothell BSN learning goals address the nine American Association of Colleges of Nursing essentials (2008)

Updated winter 2018