- A critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.
- A culturally sensitive individual who provides holistic individual, family, community, and population-centered nursing care.
- A knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources across the continuum of health care environments in order to meet the evolving health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
- An individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.
- An individual who embodies the professional identity of the nurse and who translates the inherent values of the nursing profession into the ethical and legal practice of nursing.
- An effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients, and their support systems for improved health outcomes.
- A competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse health care environments.
- An accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and who balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.
- An individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.
Exploring the advantages of the RN to BSN online degree
Aaron Winters is from Anderson, Indiana and lives in Indianapolis. He works in the cardiac ICU unit at a local hospital.
Feature alumnus story
Aaron has been a nurse for four years. His mother and grandmother worked in health care and were a big influence on him in terms of compassion and caring for others in nursing. Nursing was a second career for Aaron. His first degree was in health and fitness, and he was a gym manager and fitness instructor. When he worked in that position, he was involved with patients in cardiac rehabilitation as a fitness instructor. He was impressed with the results and care of these patients, which led him to nursing as a second career.
He chose Indiana University for his nursing degree because it was a family legacy. His grandmother and father were IUPUI graduates. He respected their education and experiences in learning at IU.
He liked the RN to BSN Consortium for a number of reasons: (1) it could be completed in one year, (2) the courses were relevant to today’s nursing environment, (3) it was offered all online, which provides the flexibility needed with job and family obligations, (4) the assignments, readings and discussions helped me learn current nursing concepts, (5) the courses were set up to challenge his learning while guiding him in the things he needed to learn. He recommends IU’s RN BSN program to his peers.
In his last course, Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Practice Capstone, he created an evidence-based practice proposal to enhance pressure ulcer risk assessment to predict pressure ulcer occurrence. The purpose of this project was to bring attention to the need for enhanced pressure ulcer screening tools regarding hospitalized patients in order to more accurately identify which patients are at risk for developing a pressure ulcer.
One method to do this is by comparing current research on pressure ulcer risk assessment and recommendations for improving screening tools as opposed to current use of the Braden scale. This project may be used to provide the most current information to inpatient hospitals about the need for improved pressure ulcer screening tools in order to more accurately predict pressure ulcer occurrence. In order to achieve the best possible outcome and create a method that incorporates interdisciplinary collaboration, personnel from wound care, nutrition, nursing, and the quality department will be recruited for this project.
His future goals are to become certified in progressive care nursing (PCCN) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and after some experience, become certified in critical care nursing (CCRN). He plans to apply to IU’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in the fall, 2019. In the future, he would like to work in an outpatient setting long-term heart failure patients.
Outside of nursing, Aaron enjoys running, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and daughter (who is 2 years old). His major hobby is working on and modifying wrist watches. He is a bit of an amateur jeweler, at least when it concerns watches. He also enjoys research, of any kind, and worked briefly in a medical research position several years ago. He feels that scientific research is a great way to generate new knowledge. In addition, it is nice to have "the facts" (in a multivariate analysis format) on a number of professional issues, practices, and policies. He thinks that research provides a solid foundation for explaining why things are done in a certain manner.