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Nursing Program Overview

Nursing Students  
OVERVIEW
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program at MassBay is designed to prepare students for a career in nursing as Registered Nurses. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program starts in the Fall semester each year and has a Day and Evening option.
 
The Day option is designed to meet the educational needs of students pursuing a career in nursing who wish to attend college full-time during the day. Although the curriculum is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters), students may choose to complete non-nursing courses prior to beginning the nursing sequence (see Admission Criteria for details).

The Evening option is designed to meet the educational needs of students pursuing a career in nursing who wish to attend college during the evening. Although the curriculum is designed to be completed in three years (eight semesters plus two summers), students may choose to complete non-nursing courses prior to beginning the nursing sequence (see Admission Criteria for details).

The ADN Program at MassBay is a rigorous curriculum consisting of classroom lectures, laboratory and clinical practicums. Clinical practicums are conducted at a variety of hospitals and health care facilities in the Boston and MetroWest areas.

At the completion of the Nursing Program, students will be able to integrate nursing skills with health teaching to provide total client care, utilizing ethical values and legal principles.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Nursing Program Entrance Exam Requirements
We are committed to selecting nursing candidates that have the greatest potential to succeed academically. To uphold this commitment, the admissions-selection policy for the Associates Degree Nursing programs includes the requirement for candidates to sit for the HESI A2 Admission Exam. For more details about the exam and test date windows for Fall 2014 admission, please see our HESI A2 RN Admission Exam page

Mission
The Department of Nursing mission is “to prepare graduates from diverse backgrounds to practice safe and quality nursing care within an evolving healthcare system.” The faculty defines nursing as a therapeutic relationship between patients, families and communities where the focus is on interventions that promote health, wellness and healing as well as the affirmation of life and the recognition of death as a normal process.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Nursing Science and Knowledge- Integrate nursing concepts with theoretical and scientific knowledge to promote evidence-based, holistic patient care.
  2. Integrated Reasoning- Apply principles of critical thinking, creativity, and innovation to formulate clinical and other nursing judgments.
  3. Professionalism and Leadership – Assume responsibility and accountability for pursuing professional growth, acting as a leader and agent for change while upholding high standards of ethical practice.
  4. Patient-Centered Care- Provide patient-centered care and health education based on respect for patient/family values and preferences, while engaging the patient as a partner in the process.
  5. Quality and Safety- Monitor individual performance and system effectiveness to improve the safety and quality of care.
  6. Communication and Teamwork- Actively collaborate as a member of the healthcare team; promoting mutual respect, open communication, and shared decision making.
  7. Systems-based Practice- Utilize a variety of systems to manage nursing care, including technological and information systems.


Graduate Program Outcomes
  • Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
  • Nursing Judgment: Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
  • Professional Identity: Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
  • Spirit of Inquiry: Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.


MassBay's 2012 NCLEX-RN pass rate (first time attempt) for program graduates was 96.49 %.
MassBay's 2011 NCLEX-RN pass rate (first time attempt) for program graduates was 93%.



Accreditation/Approval
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum is approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN), located at 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114; Phone 617-973-0900.

The ADN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) which was formerly called the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC). The address of ACEN is:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326Phone: 404-975-5000
Web site: http://www.acenursing.org/