Mission, Goals, and Expected Outcomes

Students enrolled in the School of Nursing (SON) are students of the University whose major is nursing. All students must be familiar with the institutional regulations and policies affecting social and academic life on the campus that are described in the Illinois Wesleyan University Student Handbook and the University Catalog. The purpose of the School of Nursing Student Handbook is to provide all nursing majors with a reference on significant policies, procedures, and guidelines that relate specifically to this professional school. Each student is responsible to know and understand the contents of this Handbook. The print copy of the Handbook is updated annually; the on-line copy is updated as policy changes are made. Significant changes are disseminated to students.  A glossary of frequently used terms is online.

Mission

The School of Nursing extends the University's liberal arts tradition to prepare exceptional thinkers, compassionate professionals, and leaders for nursing and global health care.

Goals

The goals of the School of Nursing are to provide a quality educational program for the preparation of a professional baccalaureate nurse who:

  • embodies the liberal arts ideal of creativity, critical thinking, effective communication, strength of character, spirit of inquiry and a comprehensive world view in professional nursing practice.
  • provides professional leadership in a global community to promote access to quality health care.
  • engages in lifelong professional development, including graduate study to enhance the future of nursing and health care.

Expected Outcomes

On completion of the degree requirements, a graduate is a professional baccalaureate nurse who:

  • synthesizes attitudes of professionalism and professional core values in the formation of a personal professional identity.
  • uses critical thinking and clinical reasoning in designing, coordinating, and managing patient-centered care for individuals, families, groups, and populations that focus on health promotion and preventing illness or illness escalation.
  • integrates nursing theory and biopsychosocial theories to practice professional nursing.
  • coordinates appropriate nursing interventions to achieve quality, safe care with sensitivity to culture, age, spirituality, health state.
  • uses a repertoire of professional communication and collaborative skills to promote positive outcomes.
  • demonstrates professional leadership skills in order to shape the quality of health care and health care delivery systems.
  • collaborates with patients, colleagues and other decision makers to advocate and influence health care practice to remove social, cultural, legal and economic barriers to equitable, affordable health care.
  • promotes the advancement of nursing by advocating for change in regulations governing the profession and health care delivery.
  • examines the effect of technology and patient care information systems on the practice setting.
  • engages in ethical reasoning and actions to promote advocacy, interprofessional collaboration, quality care and social justice.
  • interprets and synthesizes available evidence to improve patient outcomes and health care.

Review of the mission, program goals, and expected outcomes of the program are regularly reviewed in accordance with the Master Evaluation Plan (MEP) schedule.

Nursing Graduation Rates

(The percentage of students who enter as sophomores and complete nursing sequence, includes transfers/advanced placement students.)

 



Class

Completion Rate in Nursing

2018 38/39=98%
2017 41/47=84%
2016 43/46=93%
2015 32/33=97%
2014 32/32=100%
2013 37/37=100%
2012 34/34=100%
2011 24/24=100%
2010 29/29=100%
2009 25/29=86%

 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates:

Comparison of IWU Rates with Illinois and BSN Rates (National)





Year




No. Grads


No. of Grads Taking NCLEX




IWUPass Rate**




IL Pass 
Rate




BSN Pass Rate (National)

2019

36

36

94%

unavailable

unavailable

2018

39

40

93%

88%

88%

2017

41

41

98%

86%

87%

2016

43

43

86%

85%

85%

2015

32

32

91%

86%

85%

2014

32

34

94%

84%

82%

2013

37

35

91%

85%

83%

2012

34

34

91%

91%

90%

2011 25 25 88% 88% 88%
2010 29 29 93% 88% 87%
2009 23 23 96% 91% 89%

 

Employment Rates

(The percentage of responding graduates who are employed in nursing at 6 months and one year post graduation.)

                               

Class

No. Grads

Graduates Employed at 6 months*

Graduates Employed at 1 year**

No. Responding

% Employed

No. Responding

% Employed

2018

39

37

100%

n/a

n/a

2017 41 40 100% 9 100%

2016

43

35

100%

21

100%

2015

32

28

100%

15

100%

2014

32

30

100%

19

100%

2013

37

30

100%

17

100%

2012

34

32

100%

25

100%

2011

25

19

100%

15

 100%

2010

29

23

100%

15

100%

2009

23

15

100%

13

100%

2008

34

19

100%

27

100%

2007

19

18

100%

13

100%

2006

17

15

100%

16

100%


* Percentage of those responding to Illinois Wesleyan University Hart Career Center survey who are employed in nursing.

** Percentage of those responding to Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing One-Year Graduate Follow-Up Survey.