2015 Summer Nursing Student SLO Assessment Survey

2015 Summer Nursing Student SLO Assessment Survey

Nursing Summer 2015 Student SLO Report
1. What did you like about this program?
Text Response
I felt ready for the LPN boards and I passed them the first time. The teachers brought a lot of
experience to the table and I thought they were overall very good. I really like my rotations at
Gundersen and Viroqua and felt I got a lot of experience from them.
The teachers were all very wonderful with students. They wanted you to succeed and cared
about how you were doing in the program. They were available at anytime, even if they were off
for the trimester. The rules were layed out for you and so you knew exactly what you had to do.
The hands on experience in clinicals.
I loved my fourth semster teachers. I liked the way the classes were set up and i liked how we
could take classes throughout the year.
The program had lots of great information and for the most part was organized and well
presented.
The instructors were very knowledgable and I found most of them to be very helpful and
wanting us to succeed. I felt that we had wonderful clinical sites and hope that they continue to
offer Mental Health rotation at Gundersen.
I will be an RN in 4 weeks! :) Most instructors were very helpful and quick at responding to
emails and text messages/phone calls. I enjoyed the opportunity to visit many different areas
where nurses are working.
I liked that it was challenging. There are many good teachers here who are in it to help the
student succeed. We are also always held accountable which is important since we will have a
huge responsibilty as an RN.
The skills classes were very good. Lin Rousch and Mary Anderson were very good instructors.
I enjoyed how hands-on it was. I liked that the instructors were all so involved and they were for
the most part willing to impart their knowledge to the students.
I liked that the program was shorter than most programs and that we were taught real life
scenarios
First of all I think this is an amazing program. It's difficult but I'm thankful that it is, because I
want to be prepared and I want to be a good nurse. I've heard several times that Western has
the hardest program and that it's graduates are the best. I'm proud to be an ALMOST graduate
from Western.
I liked how it was fast paced, started clinicals right away and how in 3 & 4th semesters, the
instructors were way more helpful.
It allowed me to finish my ADN degree sonner than I expected. I liked the clinical locations in
town.
I enjoyed marry's enthusasium
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2. What would you change about this program?
Text Response
I think it has a lot of unnecessary busy work that a lot of us students just try to get done to get it
out of the way. I never read any pages of the books because I was too busy trying to get the
busywork done and I crammed for all my exams the night before the test. I felt a lot of the
busywork was 8th grade level for example: writing papers and journals about how we feel. but I
understand it's a technical school. I did not enjoy the group projects because it was very difficult
to get together on top of work and school with varying schedule, but I understand the purpose of
the group projects. Blackboard was an absolute mess first and 2nd semester, however, I think
it has improved. I was irritated I printed out duplicate information several times but from different
courses. I feel school policies should apply to all students about having an average passing
grade of 78% on all exams, not just some students. I also feel that if they did not do the
assignments and needed them to pass then they shouldn't be allowed a 2nd chance to
complete them. Policies should be firm and not vary person to person.
Some of the teachers need to be more consistent with not allowing some of the students with
special privelages, I think that everyone should be treated equally.
I would make it so Transition assignments are easily student accessible.
how organized the program was, it needs to be revised so that everyone can be on the same
page all the same time.
Less papper work more clinical experience and lab simulation.
I would change some of the courses that are required to take during the program. Mental Health
and the management course in the 4th semester. I felt that these classes were not beneficial to
my learning and feel they could be a pre-req. I think coming in as an LPN-RN student and
never going to WTC that it was difficult for myself to create a concept map and care plan initally.
I felt the course that was required as a transition from LPN to RN was not beneficial and the
expectations and assignments were very confusing. There was a lack of communication
between the instructor and students which made our first course very stressful.
Have students listen to lung, heart sounds, etc in skills in 1st semester.
There are some teachers here who should not be teaching. I have heard of several not being so
good and then had that experience myself. I think if a teacher has more than 1-2 semesters
where they have the majority of the class having issues that the school needs to do something. I
do not feel like our voice is always heard in this aspect. The other thing I did not like is we are
held to a very high standard on keeping on top of all of our stuff and at times the teachers where
not meeting these standards themselves.
ATI was not necessary. I spent aprox. $800 on ATI. For that cost I could have paid for a whole
course. I felt like several of the clinical instructors were belittling bullies and not professional.
This does not promote student learning. I would not tell anyone to come here because I felt that
over half of my instructors were like that. Course schedules should be published sooner.
I did not like that before the program it was not made clear that there were so many ways that
you could be removed from the program. Just give that fore-warning during new student
orientation. That's all. Otherwise, the program felt a little chaotic when it came to scheduling.
We never knew what classes were offered when and how they would be available. Working on
the transition from semester to semester would be helpful.
It was kind of unorganized and it would've been nice if it could also be geared towards a
working person so that we don't have to take so much time off of work
There are a few things that I think should be changed as far as the program and it's ease for
non traditional students, students with families. At one point I had to miss my daughter's 8th
grade graduation (a day very important for my daughter) because I had to attend clinical.
Although I had never missed a day I was told I had to be at clinical. I have to say this is a sore
spot for me and this program. In order for us older students to be successful we really need to

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not have to choose between family and school.
There are a couple of instructors that could use some additional training, I have voiced my
concerns in those particular class surveys. Some of the instructors talk down to you and almost
seem as if they want you to fail. Had I not made it to 3rd semester I would have dropped out of
the program all together. I was shocked that I paid money to get treated that way.
Decrease clinical paper work. More instruction on APA formatting, maybe a book about it. The
websites recommended were a bit difficult to navigate.
I would remove the manditory part of ATI. I think it is a good resource however, it should not be
manditory. Some of the instructors need to realign thinking. This is a course we are paying for,
we do not owe people because we are here.
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15

3. How many of your nursing classes did you choose to take
in an online format?
#
1
2
3

Answer
None
Less than 5
5 or more
Total

Response
1
14
0
15

%
7%
93%
0%
100%

4. As a result of this program:
Question
I have learned
effective
communication
skills.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

1

0

2

9

3

15

5. Provide any comments you have on effective
communication skills you learned.
Text Response
Learned to be more professional and what to say and what not to say
The teachers teach you how to handle patients in situations and what to say to them.
I believe you can always improve your communication skills. There were many opportunities to
communicate with students, faculty and staff at the facilities we visited.
This is where clinical really taught me what I needed to know. I learned how to talk to patients,
coworkers and my superiors.
This program has helped me in so many ways. It has taught me to deal with very difficult staff
and patients. I have learned to better deal and communicate with these people.
Mary and Pam have been awesome about quick communication to questions, available on
weekends for questions. They are a true asset to the nursing program here at Western.
It helped me to have a specific format for communicating. Ex. SBAR

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Value
7

6. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

3

8

4

15

I am able to
apply
mathematical
concepts.

7. Provide any comments you have on mathematical
concepts you learned.
Text Response
I feel I needed more learning and practice in the mathematical dept.
They only suggestion that I have for the math is that all of the teachers get together and provide
their way of teaching it and offer it to all of the students. Some students may learn from one
teachers style while others may not get their teachers style and are struggling the whole time.
Need more work with math should have more class time for it
There should be at least one math review worksheet for classes at some point in the semester.
I have learned how to do the math questions and math is not an easy subject for me.
Math questions on every exam were what really helped the mathematical skills. First semester
math worksheets were also a nice refresher.
I really dislike math, but I have learned to do the calculations pretty well.
I still struggle with the math questions, but am getting better. I'm sure the more I use it the
easier it will become.
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Value
8

8. As a result of this program:
Question
I learned
how to
transfer
social and
natural
science
theories into
practical
applications.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

0

13

2

15

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9. Provide any comments you have on transferring social
and natural science theories into practical applications.
Text Response
The basis of nursing is on social and natural science these are important skills that must be
taught and this school does it very well.
It was good to look up disease proceses and learn about them in class.
This is the basis of the nursing program. We took the sciences and applied them to nursing
care. There isn't one example of what I did, as I have done it for the past 18 months.
Science is a huge part of Nursing. Although I think that I can learn more I believe that these
skills are much more than what they were prior to being in the program.
I've learned how to take what I've learned and apply it to a normal conversation with a patient in
a calming, non-threatening manner.
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Value
5

10. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

I learned
critical
thinking
skills.

0

0

0

9

6

15

11. Provide any comments you have on critical thinking
skills you learned.
Text Response
You have to think like a nurse is what they always teach you and by the end you really are
thinking like a nurse. It seems like it is imposible to grasp this but it really does happen.
lots in the clinical setting
We learned how to prioritize according to changing client conditions.
Again, this is a core concept of the nursing program. This is what we did for the entire program.
Critical thinking is the corner stone of this program. You hear these words daily and learn to
hate them, but it's so important. I think I really have come along ways in thinking critically,
especially in this last semester. Things seem to really be coming together for me, sometimes I
even surprise myself.
The critical thinking skills are still coming but I think, as much as I've hated the concept maps,
they were really a big help in learning how to apply all that has been learned.
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6

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12. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

0

I have
learned to
use
technology
effectively.

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

1

10

4

15

13. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about using technology effectively.
Text Response
Some teachers prefer you to submit assignments electronically, some in paper, some to do
them in different programs. This all helps with technology use.
During our 4th semester clinical, I found it very helpful that Mary incoporated an IV training at
Gundersen.
I feel I already had a strong technology background coming into this program. ATI was my
biggest struggle to work with technology and be able to view videos, extra learning opportunities
that are available through ATI website.
I wish that I could have been educated on more than one MAR system in hosptials, but that's
okay. I will learn after I graduate.
I was somewhat proficient in technology prior to being in the program, but I have expanded on
that by having to use different resources for Lit Reviews and just basic assignments.
Blackboard and ATI are a little tricky to maneuver but super helpful with this program. And I
learned how to do a Prezi, which I had never heard of before.
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Value
6

14. As a result of this program:
Question
I have
learned to
value
myself and
work
ethically
with others
in a diverse
population.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

1

10

4

15

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15. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about valuing yourself and working ethically with others in a
diverse population.
Text Response
Sometime
This last semester I learned how much I actually know and can apply to nursing care. I have
experienced care in many settings and feel prepared to take on the world.
I have met so many people, so many patients. It's just amazing and a little scary the differences
people have. You can't ever judge a book by it's cover, you can't ever judge period. We are
such amazing creatures, it's exciting to learn from other people.
I feel as if I have always been ok in the department but it is always a good refresher.
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Value
4

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

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

1

0

11

3

15

17. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about incorporating the importance of sustainability in
decisions you make.
Text Response
The teachers reuse the best that they can and you still learn from this.
After clinicals at Gundersen, I really learned how to focus and value sustainability in nursing
care.
I think that I have accomplished this, after all this is why we are taking this course. Hopefully,
we as nurses will be in it for the long haul.
Working as a team is key. I wouldn't want to work with someone who is always putting me
down or not willing to be a resource. I've learned how I want to be when I finally become
established in an RN role.
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4

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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
professional
identity as a
nurse
committed to
evidencebased
practice,
caring,
advocacy,
and quality
care.

Strongly
Disagree

0

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

9

6

15

19. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Evidence based practice is huge in this program with all of the classes.
This is the core of what the program taught. This was my goal, and I believe I am taking this
knowledge with me.
I have learned so much, more than I ever thought possible. It's so rewarding but yet it's a huge
responsiblity. Sometimes doing the right thing is incredibly difficult, but I think I have overcome
many of these.
I think this should already be engrained in you if you are wanting to go into the health care field,
but the program has definitely emphasized that.
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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

0

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

2

7

6

15

21. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Why are we doing so many literature reviews????? They are part of a thesis paper not an
associates degree.
Through practice in nursing homes, clinics, large hospitals and rural hospitals I have learned to
communicate as part of the healthcare team across many different venues.
During clinical we are exposed to so many different situations. I think it's very valuable to this
outcome. It teaches us how to deal with problems that we've never dealt with before and how
to once again, communicate with others.
I think I have always been appropriate in this manner.
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Value
4

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

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

2

8

5

15

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23. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
The teachers incorprate these in every class so that you don't loose what you have learned.
The more pharmacology integrated into our courses the better. I always feel thats an area of
struggle and would like to feel more confident in. I also feel that prior to any clinical that it would
be helpful to build on the head to toe assessment or have a refresher.
Pharmacology is still my weak area. While it is nice to have this as a course at the begining online was not a good choice for this course.
This was a goal of clinical, and I have more than achieved this.
I think I have done this as well, especially the pharmacology. Pharmacology is so incredibly
important in each of the semesters, as well as clinical. It always pops us and I'm sure will
continue to do so. All of these topics will.
I agree mostly. I struggled with pharmacology and if I could do it again, I would have taken that
class in class. I don't feel pharmacology was involved as much as I would have liked to put it all
together, personally.
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Value
6

24. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
provide
patient
centered
care by
utilizing the
nursing
process
across
diverse
populations
and
healthcare
settings.

Strongly
Disagree

0

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

1

8

6

15

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25. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
It is important to provide everything that you can for the patients and this is taught from
semester 1.
My theory of nursing and how I will practice will be valuing the patient as a whole, and then
looking at what I can do to ease their disease process and support who they are and what they
want as a whole person, not just a single process.
When we learned about the nursing process I thought it was just another topic being introduced.
Little did I know it was the entire concept for nursing. The light bulb has really gone on
regarding this, during my 4th semester. Everything needs to have a cause and a reason and
an outcome.
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Value
3

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.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

0

8

7

15

27. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Every lecture talks about how safety is priority for everything.
Three medication checks! Always! SBAR. Communicate!!!
I am absolutely terrified I will hurt someone or worse. I believe and hope this fear is what will
continue to keep my patients and myself safe. This is so important.
Safety, safety, safety, was pushed on us from all directions.

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Value
4

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

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

0

0

13

2

15

lead the
multidisciplinary
health care
team to provide
effective patient
care throughout
the lifespan.

29. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
There was very little interaction with pediatric/adolescent popoulation. Most of our care was
focused on
I liked the diverse clinical settings we were offered.
From the nursing home to the hospital, this is where I learned to lead the care for a single
patient by working with many members of the interdisciplinary team to promote improved quality
of life.
I am still learning with this. Sometimes my confidence is a little lagging because I'm just a
student, but it is evolving and I'm sure once I'm in a position this skill will improve.
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Value
4

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

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

1

0

10

4

15

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31. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
They teach you how the computer can be a friend and a harm so make sure to tripple check.
Examples of technology include: online Davis drugguide, Lexicomp, NCBI database, and the
MAR in a few situations. Utilizing these and checking frequently what you are doing to who is
what helps decrease error. Also, teaching the patient what you are doing will help them approve
what you do, and ensures you are doing something that makes sense to them.
We almost have to learn this or we wouldn't make it through the program. Nursing isn't just
giving shots, etc. anymore we need to be able to use up to date technology to stay on top of
information.
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32. CONCLUSIONPlease use this space to share any other
feedback, comments, or suggestions about your experience
at Western Technical College.
Text Response
I think that it has a great nurse program and that the teachers are great. It is still a little
unorganized but has definitely improved each semester. I think it's wonderful they have such a
high passing rate on the NCLEX boards also.
I am so glad that I decided to come here for the nursing program. I feel that I am worth
something to the teachers and they care so much about me. A few of the teachers who have
helped me so much in this program are Stacy Rice, Mary Tschumper, Pam Knowles, Jackie
Riles, Mary Anderson. Stacy is awesome at giving you that encouragement to keep up with the
stressful times, she is so wonderful. Mary has a great personality and wants students to be the
best possible nurses ever, she just has a way about her that you feel so loved and cared about.
Pam is a great lecture teacher, she knows her stuff and can control rowdy students in a caring
manner. Jackie is great at clinical, she loves to see students succeed and will find every
teaching opportunity she can. Mary is the most student advocate teacher I have ever had, she
is all for the students and you see the changes that you suggest to her, she is wonderful and
wonderful for the last semester. I feel that because I went to this college I am going to be a
better nurse. Thank You to ALL the teachers who I have had... Keep up the good work Western!
I've had a very good experience thus far with the nursing program. Although when it came time
for Transition assignments, I feel like I was treated very rudely by certain staff via e-mail. I feel
the placement of my Transition is unfair, but I am willing to make the drive to finish my 4th
semester and become an RN. Mary Anderson was the best reliable source for information and
understanding. She really made my Advanced Clinical a fun clinical to be a part of. I will most
definately put my skills to use in my further career choice. Thanks WTC Nursing Staff.
I beleive there are some teachers here that the students have had a colabrative concern with,
yet they are still here as instructors. We pay a good amount of money for these classes and we
deserve to have our opionions valued, yet we continue to be disappointed to find the teaches
we were warned about by other students still teaching the classes and making the same
mistakes/issues and yet nothing is done.
Overall is good program. There are several amazing teachers here!
I did not feel that some of the instructors were professional or here to promote learning. Some
seemed to be focused on their control of power and making students feel below them.
We should be provided a single ID as part of the initial student orientation, as it is vital to test.
You should be consistent in how you give exams: ex. Denise doesn't allow hoodies, and is very
strict whereas others give us candy and allow us to test with waterbottles at the desk. Great
education though. I can see why this program is considered one of the best in the area.
Today is my last day on campus. I've been here for four years. It really is surreal. Thank you
to Western and it's staff for making this such a memorable experience. While I haven't agreed
with everything that has been done or said I believe this college is exemplory. Thank you for
making me who I am today.
It's been a long hard road as a mother of 2 and 3 part-time jobs, but I made it. Had it not been
for the 3rd and 4th semester instructors being so encouraging and helpful, I probably would not
have made it through. I deal with low self-confidence but Pam, Mary, Stacy, Sally, Char, and
Jackie were able to help me see the positive in myself and build that confidence.
It was most helpful when instructors were positive about my efforts and performance, even
when it needed correction.
Recommend that ADV. A&P be done right before CHA1 as a refresher for all students.

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Total Responses

Value
11