Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

WGU's BSN in nursing is a university-based baccalaureate degree in nursing with special emphasis on quality and safety in nursing practice. The degree was developed utilizing contemporary practice standards and recommendations including the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008), Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competencies and Institute of Medicine's recommendations for the education of health care professionals. 



Baccalaureate Degree Program Requirements

Requirements of the student while enrolled in the WGU BSN program include:

  1. Possession of an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
    • Failure to maintain such licensure throughout the program will (may) be grounds for suspension from the program.
    • Students have the responsibility to report licensure restriction to the appropriate designee if any problem with licensure occurs while enrolled in the program.
  2. Working as an RN at the time of application, enrollment, and throughout the program.
    • Students are responsible for collaborating with the program mentor regarding changes in employment.  
    • Nursing students employed at federal agencies will need to obtain a license in the state in which the clinical practicum is completed unless practicum are completed at the federal agency where they are employed.
  3. Students are required to meet the same health requirements as employees in the institutions/health organizations where they complete their clinical/field placement hours.
  4. Students may need to provide this information to the institutions/health organizations as requested.
  5. Students must adhere to OSHA regulations and guidelines, which include use of standard precautions and prevention of transmission of bloodborne diseases.
  6. Students will abide by HIPAA Guidelines.



Baccalaureate Degree Program Outcomes 

The WGU Bachelors Degree in Nursing Program graduate will: 

  1. Communicate effectively in oral, written, interpersonal, and electronic modes.
  2. Use clinical reasoning to provide safe, quality, nursing care based on the best available evidence and ethical principles.
  3. Assume accountability for providing and ensuring safe, efficient, quality care congruent with ethical, professional, and legal standards.
  4. Synthesize theoretical, clinical, and empirical knowledge from nursing, scientific, community and humanistic disciplines within the practice of nursing. Synthesizes theoretical and empirical knowledge drawing from the arts and sciences to understand the human experience as a social advocate, and professional nurse.
  5. Provide compassionate, patient-centered care to individuals, families, and communities from a variety of cultures across the lifespan.
  6. Apply leadership and education skills to engage others in creating and promoting a healing environment. 
  7. Engage in inter-professional collaboration to improve safety and quality of healthcare.
  8. Incorporate knowledge of genomics and genethics into the care of patients, families, and communities.
  9. Use information technology to communicate, mitigate error, and make decisions related to the provision of patient care and support incorporation of nursing knowledge in the development of patient care technology.



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