NursingFall2013StudentSLOReport

NursingFall2013StudentSLOReport

Student Learning Outcome Assessment
Associate Degree Nursing Program
Fall 2013

Published: 01/22/2014

Table of Contents

Overall Experience…………………………………………………………........1
Instructions Provided:
“Use this section to identify things you liked, things you would change, and to
communicate any other comments about your overall experience in the
program. If you have feedback about the instruction or anything else related to
the overall program, please address that in one of these questions.”

Core Abilities……………………………………………………………………...4
Instructions Provided:
“This section addresses the college core abilities. The core abilities are overall
skills that all graduates should acquire during their experience at Western. Focus
on yourself in this section.”

Program Outcomes………………………………………………………………9
Instructions Provided:
“This section addresses the specific outcomes for your program. Please focus on
yourself in this section.”

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………….14
Instructions Provided:
“Please use this space to share any other feedback, comments, or suggestions
about your experience at Western Technical College.”

OVERALL EXPERIENCE
1. What did you like about this program?
Text Response
I liked how I was pushed to my best ability and my full potential. The instructors are very
supportive. I liked the variety of clinical sites and units available to us.
I enjoyed the encouragment that the instructors gave and the wealth of knowledge and
experience that they had to share with me and my fellow students
Close to home. Some classes available in outreach campuses through ITV.
That it is 2 years versus 4. Friendliness of the staff and willingness to help when asked.
I liked that you learn so much about yourself, along with friends that you will have a lifetime.
N/A
I thought almost all the instructors truly cared and wanted the students to succeed.
hands on from day one! I also like the way you pattern all of your tests to be similar to the
NCLEX and really try to teach us about that test.
The faculty for the nursing program are great. They are knowledgeable and dependable when
you have questions. I feel many of them go out of their way to help the students be successful. I
really enjoyed the sim labs and feel like I came out with a great lesson learned from each one.
The instructors were wonderful. They were always helpful and giving us every opportunity to
learn as much as we could.
Instructors were very knowledgable, supportive of students, and wanted each of us to succeed.
The Syllabus clearly stated all due dates and expectations for the semester. Every attempt was
made to ensure that our tests in each class were not scheduled on the same day or even week
(at times) I felt that the admissions staff really advocated for my transfer into the program and
the Associate Dean kept my very informed about my status. My advisor was very helpful and
prepared me well for course loads. Having come from another Nursing Technical program in
the area, I couldn't be happier to graduate from Western and the experiences that I received
from my education at this school.
It has a reputation for a high pass rate on the NCLEX.
Great faculty that and knowledgeable and dedicated to make successful students and future
nurses.
A majority of the instructors were excellent. I also really liked that there were more online
classes available during the semester and over the summer.
The classes were tough, but set you up with the real life world of nursing. Most of the
instructors were wonderful
the instructors were knowledgeable
variety of classes at different times and online available classess
The instructors have a passion for the nursing career and care for creating new nursese for the
future. Clinical opportunities were perfect.
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Value
18

1

2. What would you change about this program?
Text Response
The program is very demanding.
Nothing
Make more classes available ITV in the outreach campuses; this option would be the green way
to go.
I would like to see more online classes as a nontraditional student. I am in independent learner
and it would save me 1 1/2 hour drive. Maybe 2nd-4th semesters can be like transition where
you get all you info in and then go to the hospital so you can have a daily experience instead of
once a week...it feels like you have to start all over again with getting comfortable.
It's deceiving to call it a 2 year program when no one can ever complete all the requirements in
2 years.
N/A
More online class options.
night before prep work required for out of town clinicals. Certain instructors that are
condescending...mainly Rose and Cindy. I didn't like the way there was two instructors for CHA
2
I would change the clinical prep so it doesn't require multiple hours of work the night before
clinical, especially when a lot of people are traveling and then having to drive back and forth in
less than 24 hrs.
Change to year round classes.
It would be nice to have an opportunity to do Clinicals at both hospitals. It would be nice to
have open "Skills Lab" time to practice skills outside of class time prior to test outs.
The teachers need to be more understanding and supportive. They should not be there to
intentionally intimidate you and then later teach you about how nurses need to stop "eating their
young". Students shouldn't cry or want to drop the program because of the way a teacher talks
to you or the things they said. It also does not reflect well on the program or TC when staff at
the institutions we are guests in hear the teachers talking to students like that. I have been in a
situation where a nurse has questioned me if the teacher treats us like that all the time and I
have heard from other students of numerous other incidents. As students we are expected to be
perfect so the teacher should lead by example and be perfect to. Students do not get to be late,
forget things, have spelling or grammar errors yet the teachers do those things all the time and
it is very frustrating as a student. Students should have a warning about class changes and
meetings, I know we were told that our life should revolve around school but that is not realistic
so comming to school the first day of classes and finding out that you have a whole new
schedule and no one even sent you an email is not OK.
We spend a lot of time, dedication and hard work in the program and it would be nice to see
pictures from all semesters on the slide show at the pinning ceremony and not pictures that
were taken quickly by an instructor before right before an exam on exam day to be your main
picture on the slide show portion with your name on it.
There was too much paper work for second semester's clinical. It was particularly difficult,
because a lot of work had to be done the night before the clinical, which prevented us from
getting the proper amount of sleep. It would be safer for the patients if this could be fixed.
The lack of organization on WTC's part regaurding paperwork. Many times students have
dropped off paperwork in the welcome center to have the paperwork missing. Also, we should
find out who are preceptors for transistion are, earlier. We do have a family and jobs that we
need to rearrange and 2 weeks notice is unacceptable.
Some of the clinical instructors have
different homework requirements than others. Some students were told that they could share
med cards in 1-2 semesters, which is wrong. Also during transition when working on our
teaching project, I was told the proposal and teaching paper portion were to be in APA format.

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The ruberic did not state this, and other students did not have to do this. I had to redo this
portion and it was frustration because others did not.
One of my instructors in med/surg at Mayo took a very long time returning paperwork so that we
would have feedback for future assignments.
In the beginning some instructors (Mary and Elizabeth) are quick to say how "crazy" or "intense"
the program is. This sets you up for anxiety even before you get started. I think if there were a
more calm approach to first semester I would not have been such a mess.
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Value
17

3. How many of your nursing classes did you choose to take
in an online format?
Answer
None
Less than 5
5 or more
Total

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Response
2
14
3
19

%
11%
74%
16%
100%

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CORE ABILITIES
4. As a result of this program:
Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

Question

0

2

5

8

17

I have learned
effective
communication
skills.

5. Provide any comments you have on effective
communication skills you learned.
Text Response
N/A
Therapeutic Communication was reviewed.
I've learned that you will use these skills with every patient, not just mental health patients. It's
helpful to practice on family members, too.
Because I am a non-traditional student, worked in the Medical Field, and am very involved in
the community; I feel that those experiences made me the communication skills needed to be
successful in Nursing. However, tools we have learned (such as SBAR) for reporting off to the
next shift have been useful and effective.
During clinical completing SBAR with other nurses was good practice, also calling pharmacy
was a good opprotunity.
I feel that my therapuetic communication skills improved greatly. I am also able to talk to more
people at once (speeches/presentations) with more confidence.
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Value
6

6. As a result of this program:
Question
I am able to
apply
mathematical
concepts.

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Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

0

0

7

7

16

4

7. Provide any comments you have on mathematical
concepts you learned.
Text Response
N/A
Great review of mathematical concepts.
They are challenging at first, but they make sense. It's an important skill to maintain.
Math should be reviewed through out all four semesters. Instead of telling us "you should be
getting this by now", take time to explain to us how that kind of problem is solved. Often times
we all have the same hang up or question.
we need more complex math problems to set us up for practice. Such as mg/kg/min drug
doses.
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Value
5

8. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

1

0

6

6

15

I learned
how to
transfer
social and
natural
science
theories into
practical
applications.

9. Provide any comments you have on transferring social
and natural science theories into practical applications.
Text Response
N/A
CLT project was great, especially the individual portion.
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Value
2

5

10. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

I learned
critical
thinking
skills.

2

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

5

9

16

11. Provide any comments you have on critical thinking
skills you learned.
Text Response
N/A
When I first came into the nursing program in my first semsester, I had to take a critical thinking
enterence exam. I scored a 57.7% on that exam. Now that I am leaving my program in the
fourth semester I was required to take another critical thinking exit exam and I received a
77.5%. I think this is a huge jump in my critical thinking skills and I am expecting to increase my
critical thinking skills as I become a more experienced nurse.
I believe that I had good critical thinking skills which were reviewed in this coursework.
Jackie Riels did an amazing job during clinical in Viroqua. She would make us put
pathophysiology together for each patient. She did this in a non-threatening way, which made
for a perfect learning environment. She taught our class a lot. I feel she was the best clinical
instructor that we had. You could tell she just really wanted us to learn and not be scared of
asking questions.
My critical thinking skills were just not there in the beginining and now I am able to think through
and act as needed. This skill takes practice and will continue to improve with experience in the
field.
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Total Responses

Value
5

12. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

1

0

7

6

16

I have
learned to
use
technology
effectively.

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6

13. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about using technology effectively.
Text Response
N/A
I have learned about computer charting and EMR.
ATI adds a lot to the learning experience.
Medical Technology
We were told the school would attempt to keep us in one system or another, as in, if you started
at GL the school would try to keep your clinicals at GL. This was not true. It's tough to learn
each computer system. It's also very frustrating and annoying.
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Value
5

14. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

2

I have
learned to
value
myself and
work
ethically
with others
in a diverse
population.

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

2

4

8

16

15. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about valuing yourself and working ethically with others in a
diverse population.
Text Response
N/A
Through these clinical experiences I had the opportunity to work with and care for a diverse
population.
I feel that my life experience have already given me this knowledge.
Although we learned about it in class, because the class itself was not terribly diverse, there
wasn't really an opportunity to practice.
I value my input when it comes to working with other members of the interdisciplinary team.
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Value
5

7

16. As a result of this program:
Question
I am able to
make
decisions
that
incorporate
the
importance
of
sustainability.

Strongly
Disagree

2

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

1

6

8

17

17. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about incorporating the importance of sustainability in
decisions you make.
Text Response
N/A
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Value
1

8

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
18. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
implement
my role as a
nurse in
ways that
reflect
integrity,
responsibility,
ethical
practices,
and an
evolving
identity as a
nurse
committed to
caring,
advocacy,
and quality
care while
adhering to
evidencebased
practice.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

0

0

6

9

17

19. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Statistic
Total Responses

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Value
0

9

20. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
demonstrate
appropriate
written, verbal,
and nonverbal
communication
in a variety of
clinical
contexts.

Strongly
Disagree

2

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

6

8

16

21. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
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Value
0

22. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
integrate
knowledge of
social,
mathematical,
and physical
sciences,
pharmacology,
and disease
processes
while
participating in
clinical
decision
making.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

0

0

6

9

17

23. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response

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10

Statistic
Total Responses

Value
0

24. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

0

0

4

10

16

provide
patient
centered
care under
supervision
by
participating
in the
nursing
process
across
diverse
populations
and
healthcare
settings.

25. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
In some clinical areas, our nurse we were placed with for the day, was extreemly new. I would
have like to be with an experienced RN.
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Value
1

11

26. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
minimize risk
of harm to
patients,
members of
the
healthcare
team and self
through safe
individual
performance
and
participation
in system
effectiveness.

2

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

Strongly
Disagree

0

5

10

17

27. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
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Value
0

28. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
collaborate as
an active
member of the
multidisciplinary
health care
team to provide
effective patient
care throughout
the lifespan.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

0

0

6

8

16

29. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response

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12

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Value
0

30. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
use
information
and
technology to
communicate,
manage data,
mitigate error,
and assist
with decisionmaking.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

0

1

6

8

17

31. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
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0

13

CONCLUSION
32. Please use this space to share any other feedback,
comments, or suggestions about your experience at Western
Technical College.
Text Response
I am a proud student of this program.
I am very thankful for the education that I received at Western. I feel that I received just as good
of quality of nursing education than if I went to one of the area Universities. I will always be
thankful to the instructors at Western for their guidance and education and for molding me into a
great nurse.
Great program in our area, glad that I have chosen Western Technical College for my
educational experience!
I would have liked to have a complete list of textbooks (for all 4 semesters) at the beginning of
the program. I ended up selling a book back that I needed for a later semester. 95% of the
instructors were AWESOME, very helpful and wanted us to succeed.
N/A
I cannot tell you how many times I received incorrect information from my instructors, whether it
was incorect information in the syllabus or incorrect information in emails, etc.,. We are told so
much of how we need to be on the ball, but there is an unexcusable amount of errors I have
seen from the nursing faculty. Even typos on test questions are rampant! There was one time I
could not decipher what the test question was asking because of all the typos. Also, it is
annoying to get emails that do not apply to me. For example, if I am a third semester student, I
will get emails for 2nd and 4th semester students, or this semester as a 4th semester student I
get emails for other semesters.
From the bottom of my heart, I deeply THANK - YOU for the opportunity to transfer into your
Nursing Program and for the superior level of education and Clinical experiences that you
delivered! The staff you have at this school are highly educated professionals and very
knowledgable in their fields! Having attended another local Technical school for Nursing (and
leaving their program as the top student in my class), it is obvious why there is such a high
demand to attend this school and the reason that you have received National Accreditation!
Thank-You again for this awesome experience!!
It would be very helpful if books like the Mosby's dictionary were taken off the list of books to
buy. We have to buy enough books and talking with other students in class today the majority
never even opened the book and the bookstore does not buy books like that back. As a student
any money that can be saved is helpful. I feel the nursing program has a good reputation for
education but a really bad reputation for how students are treated. I personally did not have too
many bad experiences but my classmates had a lot of experiences that are not acceptable.
Because of that when someone asks me about the nursing program I will tell them the stories of
how students were treated and that is unfortunate because the program can provide a good
education but if a potential student is choosing between somewhere where you are treated
with respect as a student and the TC nursing program they will not choose TC.
3 exams in Management and Professional Concepts in 4th semester instead of only 2.
Very good but excellent program.

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This was a wonderful experience due to all instructors that helped me grow and make it to my
goals. I feel that the program at WTC is a wonderful one and a person in the nursing programs
grows tremendously in the 2 years. I have become a changed person and am ready to continue
to grow from a novice to a professional nurse in the next couple of years. The nursing program
is tough but it is well worth it and I feel that it met all of my needs and state requirements.

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Value
11

15