2015 Spring Nursing Student SLO Assessment Survey

2015 Spring Nursing Student SLO Assessment Survey

Student Learning Outcome Assessment
Nursing
Spring 2015

Published: 04/29/2015

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……………………………………………………………………...6
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……………………………………………………………..15
Instructions Provided:
“This section addresses the specific outcomes for your program. Please focus on
yourself in this section.”

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………….22
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
2 years
I liked that the instructors truly want you to succeed.
Nursing
Inexpensive compared to other programs.
The education
This program has many strengths related to provision of material and clinical experiences. I
appreciated the small cohort and class sizes and the relationships that were made among
students and with staff. Moreover, the clinical experiences we were able to be a part of were
invaluable to our future goals.
That I will be a nurse.
The time frame to completion.
I greatly enjoyed the pace of the program, in the sense that it contains a vast amount of
information, but it does not become overwhelming as long as time is properly managed. The
institution of evidence based practice and nursing journals is extremely beneficial for the next
step in transitioning from an ADN RN to a BSN RN.
It's very hands on and I feel like I had good opportunity to practice all my skills while my
teachers watched and helped me.
Learned a lot and feel prepared to work in the field.
I think that Mary is a great addition to the program. Really advocated for the students and
presents herself in a approachable way. I also like all the different clinical settings that we are
able to utilize.
A few of the instructors (Mary T, Stacy R, Lori J-M, Michelle L, Lori L, Mary A, Patty A, Julie
F, Lin R), These instructors have a gift and people skills to teach.
Some instructors would send reminder e-mails regarding up coming assignments.
I liked that the program was fast paced and everything is laid out for you to know what you
will need to study.
I liked the fast track experience. It was a lot of work but I prefer it to be that way. Instructors
worked very well with us students.
That I will be able to complete the program in 16 months instead of 2 years
I enjyoyed knowing that WTC produces excellent nurses. I knew that if I could make it
through this program I could and would be one of those excellent nurses.
I liked that there was a wide variety of clinical experiences. I enjoyed the hands on
experiences the most.
I enjoyed a lot of the clinicals, except for mental health. It was way to many hours to spend
just talking with residents. The option to take classes at regional locations. Although many of
them were forced upon us.

May 18, 2015

1

Location and price of classes.
What I liked most about this course was the different areas of nursing we were allotted. This
gave us the opportunity to see may different areas of nursing.
I really enjoyed the hands on skills that I learned. We didn't have as much theory but I
understand that that pertains more to a BSN degree. I also enjoyed being able to choose
locations were I could do transitions.
I loved all the information we learned throughout our two years at WTC. It's amazing how
much we have grown as people and most importantly nurses.
The instructors were all awesome and supportive of the students. I learned a lot while I was in
the program. I think it was set up in a way to facilitate a high level of learning.
I like the ability to continue through the summer. I was fast track, but you provided surveys
and provided classes for people that wanted to take summer courses. I liked that many
professors were readily available. I feel like this program did a great job preparing me to
enter the workforce.
The variety of facilities that we were able to have clinical at. Math was incorporated
throughout the program How health alterations was a preview for CHA I and CHA II
I enjoyed the flexibility. I live about two hours from the La Crosse campus and the other
branches made it possible for me to complete my RN with the least amount of driving for
classes and such. I have met many kind, intelligent instructors that went out of their way to
make my learning their priority
I liked that we jumped right into the program. I also liked that we had a variety of places to do
our clinicals to experience and learn from the different areas of nursing.
I liked the hands on experiences. I wish there was more of that in class.
There was a lot of hands on experience, not just book learning.
Many of the professors I had here were excellent. I loved being challenged and I loved the
support I got from my professors.
The ability to go to different sites for clinical. It is good to be able to see different facilities and
experience different atmospheres.
1. This program was over quickly (as long as you passed all the classes) 2. This program
does not include classes that won't transfer
I liked the fast paced, year round aspect. I enjoyed the clinicals at well-respected facilities. I
enjoyed the 4 main tests. I enjoy online classes.
I loved that it starts out right away with hands on learning. I enjoyed all my clinical
experiences and felt the instructors I had were very encouraging. I felt if I ever had a question
or concern I knew who I should talk to.
The skills labs and clinical every semester. I really liked the instructors who were friendly and
encouraging. If they didn't know something, they were okay with that and would either ask the
class or look it up and get back to you. When instructors could give good, effective critique. I
also liked being in a cohort and taking classes with the classmates I chose.
Statistic
Total Responses

May 18, 2015

Value
37

2

2. What would you change about this program?
Text Response
ATI!! I do not like this program and think it was a waste of money!
keep the same instructors for specific classes so they actually know the material they are
about to teach
nothing
I would add Pharm as a review into 4th semester since it is such a big part of NCLEX.
At times, the amount of clinical paperwork was overwhelming and felt excessive, especially
during the first two semesters.
The Dean is unapproachable. She "is at a higher level" than we the students are. I was
locked into an advisor who was not helpful or encouraging at all. I felt like I was alone as I
went through this program with no one to help. I did not choose to take online course...I was
forced to take them and then I was charged an additional fee for it.
I believe that advisors should be available before the program is started so that students are
better prepared for the program. Having an advisor during the program is only beneficial if
you are struggling.
I would change, or increase the availability of online nursing courses offered through Western
Technical College.
The late and tardy policy for clinicals. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you just can't
help being a few minutes late.
Some of the instructors and definitely the stress level.
Some instructor's are very unapproachable and when you ask questions they talk down to
you and make you feel like bubble gum stuck on their shoe.
EVERY THING!!! There is great deal of inconsistency between instructors and expectations.
Best way to learn what I am talking about is to give each instructor the same case scenario
about a student/situation (skills test, clinical situation - all 4 semester expectations, grading a
paper) - see how each of them differ.
Make sure the course schedule is updated with correct dates and page numbers for reading
assignments. All instructors should send reminder e-mails regarding class assignments due
dates. Especially when posting a new assignment in discussion board because you can't tell
if they are open unless you keep checking the discussion board.
I don't like how long you have to wait for the CLT project to be graded and the waitlist for this
program was very long.
This does not have to be an environment where "we eat our young." I did not feel supported
by many of my instructors and not at all by my advisor. Very disappointed with my overall
experience throughout this program.
This program is extremely rigorous. WTC does not have enough support via instructors,
couselors etc to assist its students through this program successfully. Some people make
take their natural science classes up to 2-5 years prior to entering the program, and then be
expected to recall detailed information. I think it would be beneficial to have a refresher
course (16-20 hours) of anatomy either prior to entering the program or encorporated into one
of the semester 1 classes. This program is also very disorganized, and while it make me have
to figure things out for myself, it was a struggle most of the time, and made my life as a
student nurse a lot harder.
I would have more hands on learning activities so more practice in skills and how it applies to
real life scenarios.

May 18, 2015

3

How this program is run. I had a horrible experience here.
Not having a two year wait list.
The constant changing of schedules and dates were difficult.
I would make health alterations a class that isn't online.
I would change what to expect out of clinical homework. It seems there is a wide range of
what each instructor expects out of us and it would be nice if it was more the same.
All teacher have different expectation on paper work.
Some of the professors are extremely unprofessional and lack the ability to be flexible to
meet students where they are. (Not many, just a few). Several students including myself had
a problem with a specific instructor. I think there is so much potential with this program and
there are so many great professors (Mary A., Stacy R., Jackie R., Sally D., Sharon O., Jan
M., and Lori M.) Sally should be mentoring professors that are new and giving them
feedback. She is phenomenal at teaching. There are still some professors that are mean and
have the mentality "well, it sucked for me, it should suck for you." I wish there were more
online classes. I realize that some students are not prepared to take online classes, but
some are, it would've been nice to have an online version of the difficult classes, like CHA 1 &
2. I would've taken more but I didn't have the option to. I would've rather had more advanced
clinical than community health. I did enjoy community health, but I wish I had more med/surg.
SIM Labs even though I know we are required to do.
I would change some of the channels of communication and how they take disciplinary action
when there is a problem. I have experienced that teachers and others students that have a
problem do not simply communicate it when it happens instead there were a lot of sneaky
thing done and it felt like sort of an ambush leaving the students causing the problem
unaware, and unable to explain their point or fix the problem. It was not conducive to problem
solving or learning.
The consistency in teaching.
I would like less busy work so I had more time to study and read the material for the exams. I
had some great instructors but wish they had more staff so they could be available more for
the students. I think the instructors are so busy and have a big job load leaving little time for
students.
Some of the instructors, honestly. Some of the instructors are not meant to be. They probably
make great nurses but not all nurses are created to be teachers.
I felt like one of my biggest challenges to success in this program was the blackboard site.
Things were posted in multiple places and each professor had a different way of having us
upload assignments. It was the most frustrating thing searching all over blackboard to find
information that should not have been hard to find. I just wish that there could be more
consistency with using that site.
It seems that if a student talks about any shortcomings or apprehensions, the instructor uses
that against him. The instructors scold students. What I learned is that nurses are suppose
to ask more questions and build trust but trust does not come from scolding. Some
instructors also seem to withhold information and want to make you feel uncomforable. This
type of behavior has entered the community and WTC has a reputation for being this way.

May 18, 2015

4

1. Kick out all of the incompetent teachers who are only "teaching" because they were never
able to make it as real-world nurses: if EVERY SINGLE STUDENT hates a certain teacher,
there is probably a reason 2. Standardize the expectations across classes so that we aren't
looking in five different places for the information we need to be successful 3. Expand the
clinicals so that the focus is on patient care, rather than on paperwork 4. Reduce the number
of stupid idiotic assignments that teach us literally nothing except to hate academia 5. Make
the online classes more conducive to success and learning. The online classes are only set
up to benefit certain learning styles, and that's completely unacceptable 6. Stop treating us
like children. Practically every single student in fourth semester got here WHILE juggling
work, social commitments, and family. We don't need to be told that we're stupid and won't
succeed with those commitments. We need help to work through those in the best way
possible 7. I understand that nursing is not supposed to be task-focused and is instead
supposed to be about critical thinking, but the task competency does need to be there.
Teach nursing SKILLS throughout the program and include information and practice
opportunities 8. Give information on the upcoming semesters so that we know what we will
be going into- perhaps offer an orientation day similar to the one we had before fourth
semester 9. Offer schedule options that will actually work. There is no reason that a student
can't take CHA and Advanced Skills in the same day, for example. Cluster classes and offer
flexible options 10. Don't set things up so that we are taking multiple tests on the same day
I was able to get my tests proctored during my summer semesters (including ATI). This
semester I was informed that tests could only be proctored at western campuses. I live an
hour away, so this was very inconvienent.
I would have liked to see more consistency between instructors in regards to clinical
experiences and the requirements for paperwork. It was frustrating at times when you're told
to do clinical paperwork a certain way, then the next instructor has a completely different view
on how it should be completed. Also, with both Nursing Skills Courses, I felt there wasn't
consistency with how our Practicums were graded. We were lectured and taught the skill we
were going to be checked off on with one instructor, and then we had about 3 or 4 instructors
that were going to be doing our Practicum. There were many times when there was a
discrepancy between what was said in class and what we would lose points on.
I would like to see more instructors look for more effective instruction techniques than just
restating the book, often almost verbatim. I would try to incorporate information about fluid,
electrolyte, and acid base imbalances before third semester. I would like to see instructors
that teach online classes be more available and add more supplemental teaching, whether
that be a lecture on line, youtube videos, or some kind of packet to work through. I think if
there is a schedule change that affects a students class, they should be informed and allowed
options to choose from. This is a college, not a high school... although, most high schools
also allow students to choose. Not until fourth semester were the students pushed to make
individual choices or make group choices in reference to class room policies. I think this could
be very good, as RNs this will happen more rather than less. I think teaching aspects of
physiology at a little more in depth, allows many students to remember the bigger picture. If
they understand how it works on a deeper level, the overall effect and how it connects can be
more clear for some of the population. I also think talking out critical thinking steps in class
allows students to more quickly adapt an RN thinking pattern. This would assist in not only
passing the program and NCLEX but producing nurses that can assimilate faster. Often, we
were told to think critically, but this is also a learned process. Displaying it, specifying steps
and drawing the conclusions in class would be very helpful.

May 18, 2015

5

Statistic
Total Responses

Value
35

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
0
28
10
38

%
0%
74%
26%
100%

CORE ABILITIES
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

4

4

20

9

38

5. Provide any comments you have on effective
communication skills you learned.
Text Response
I was an effective communicator before I came to this school.
Not asking "Why?" questions. But finding out the why for your patients.
How to talk with providers about certain orders or how to write e-mails nicely to higher ups
I have learned how not to communicate from some of the instructors.
Most of the instructors need to learn effective communication skills - soft skills
I feel very comfortable in my communication skills I have gathered from this program.
I feel my professional communication skills were enhanced.
It was enforced upon me to use them, but they were not displayed by many of my instructors.
I did not feel safe talking to many of my instructors or the dean.
This program does emphasize effective communication skills, something I lacked coming into
the program. However, it happened more than once that the instructors this program employs
could not demonstrate those same communication skills
As a student, I gained a lot of confidence and that really helped me learn how to
communicate better.

May 18, 2015

6

I have learned to stand up for myself when accused of false accusations.
It is a lot easier for me to be assertive in my communication style.
I feel more confident with myself going out on clinical days and communicating with my peers,
staff, and patients.
I have been able to improve my bedside manner and soft skills while in the nursing program. I
feel prepared for nursing and caring for patient in the future.
I think this program doesn't actually teach students how to communicate effectively. The
books say what it is supposed to look like but there aren't any exercises that allow students to
practice and actually learn how to communicate in that manner.
How to communicate with the staff at a health facility
I have learned to communicate much better from a long distance setting
I have always been great at communicating. The bigger challenge for me was learning
therapeutic commication in a way that didn't make the patient feel as if I was prying.
I learned most of this in the clinical setting. I think in the first year of the program it would be
nice to pair up more with staff at clinical instead of being on your own and learn more of this
skill early on.
I originally learned effective communication skills as an adolescent. I then relearned these
same skills when I was taking my general pre-requisite courses for the nursing program. I
then found out that these communication skills I had learned in both instances were not
effective as I was labeled a bully for using the communication skills.
Some of the nurse instructors are bullies-this does not give a good example of effective
communication. Some of the nurse instructors are not good communicators-they like to scold
and assume things that are not true.
Communication? Seriously? Just look at the student evals for the CLT project to see how
much we learned about communication. The teachers can't even communicate where the
information is for the classes, so how are we supposed to learn communication?
I have learned to be assertive and accountable in the professional setting.
I think all my classes would breeze through therapeutic communication. I would like to see
more specific instructions on what and why this is important as it is so crucial to effectively
communication with patients... and often other staff. I have deduced most of it through ATI
and some through the texts. I was impressed with a handful of staff that seemed to always
speak with tact and respect. But, this is not consistent throughout my experiences with all
nursing staff.
Statistic
Total Responses

Value
24

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

May 18, 2015

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

1

1

5

17

14

38

7

7. Provide any comments you have on mathematical
concepts you learned.
Text Response
I am proficient in calculation of medication dosages.
I have always had strong math abilities. This program taught me how to use the correct
formulas for nursing math.
Lynn Rausch's formula for medications is amazing!! Works every time!!
How to make sure a dose is correct
Math was emphasized and help was available as needed. Quite a bit of time went into
making sure students understood how to do the math.
I guess thank you
The skills instructor during first semester needs to know how to do the math calculations and
teach it effectively.
the math that was provided was very helpful and I they teachers who taught the math Sally d.
and Stacy r. where just amazing at explaining everything.
I have always been good at math
The mathematical concepts taught in this program were already part of my knowledge base.
I know how to set pump settings and to figure out complex doses. I think the program did a
great job teaching me those skills.
NA
My mathematical skills have greatly improved with this program. I'm not able to use the skills
learned effectively and accurately.
Wow, I'm really good at med calculations now.
It was nice to have two math questions on every exam to keep our math skills strong.
I have learned many different med calculations including drip factor using specific math
equations taught in the program.
Pick a way to teach it and teach it. The professors should understand different concepts such
as dimensional analysis and cross multiplication. It often confused students and made math
calculations a struggle for many students.
Learned how to calculate different dosages. Math was a completely new concept before Skills
lab
It was great to brush up on the math.
I wish there was more time with this since it is such a big part of nursing. I wish they would
apply it with actual orders from the computer and IV fluids or vials like real life situations and
not so many story problems.
Great formula provided by Linda Rausch.
I have a strong mathematical background. I did not feel that this program hindered or helped
my math skills or concepts just because of my previous exposure. However, I do remember
first semester and there were students that were not as comfortable with math as I was and I
think they struggled because there was not a consistent way the math concepts were taught.
All instructors need to teach math the same way. Some instructors weren't even able to do
the math problem when doing a test review. Math got harder as the time went on, but no
instruction as to how to understand it. Some of the math questions talked about minutes,
hours, pumps which is what a student needs to know, but not much help in understanding the
whole picture in real life situations.

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8

The focus on math questions throughout the tests was very good. By this point there is no
excuse for not remembering how to do a med calculation.
I thought the math questions on tests were beneficial.
I am quite capable of math and applying mathematical concepts, but not due to this program.
In fact, I had to ignore and tune out every time math was addressed.... and reteach it to my
classmates often. Every time this program discusses math, they not only make it incredibly
confusing, the instructors sometimes teach in incorrectly and teach it completely different
from any other scientific discipline. Often instructors seem to struggle with the concept. This
makes no sense to me. Math is math no matter the problem. It is always applicable and
always the same. ATI even explains it very simply, clearly, and gives three methods to solve
similar problems.
Statistic
Total Responses

Value
26

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

May 18, 2015

Strongly
Disagree

0

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

2

2

23

10

37

9

9. Provide any comments you have on transferring social
and natural science theories into practical applications.
Text Response
I guess thank you
Implementing evidenced based practice into my work has been an ongoing focus.
Everything is connected and we have to look after the health of all our patients not just
physical.
I have demonstrated this topic more during this last semester; everything seems to be coming
together.
We use social sciences all the time in caring for patient and this was well integrated in the
program.
I liked that TC tried to stay up on EBP. However, I think this should be more integrated from
the beginning. TC should be teaching students how to search for articles and review them
from the first semester. Writing should be a concept that is incorporated into this program
much more than it is. Especially, since writing is really emphasized in BSN programs. This
would better prepare them.
No comment.
There is not enough of this teaching.
Ha. I learned how to BS and pass tests
Evidence based practice was a large part of my 4th semester. I feel comfortable using it in my
future practice.
Statistic
Total Responses

Value
10

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

1

2

21

14

38

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10

11. Provide any comments you have on critical thinking
skills you learned.
Text Response
With more knowledge of medical pathophysiology, I am able to make better decisions related
to priority and interventions.
How all different kinds of symptoms can be intertwined
I feel like my critical thinking skills have grown during the program.
I guess thank you
The CLT project helped form critical thinking skills while working with my classmates.
I was definately able to advance my skills in "thinking like a nurse"
The critical thinking that occurred in this program was something I already feel like I was
doing prior to entering the program
I am able to think like a nurse now since I have learned the theory behind pathophysiology
and am able to apply that knowledge to real life situations.
It was thanks to Mary Anderson that I learned how to put my critical thinking skills into
practice. This was during my 4th semester.
This program has advanced my critical thinking skills. At the end of my final semester, I feel
this has been validated with doing the CLT project and decisions during clinical.
I see the umbrella of NANDA and illnesses now.
I have used my critical thinking skills frequently during my 3rd and 4th trimester; thanks to
CHA. It's incredible how much everything connects to one another.
Our critical thinking is always expanding I think that best tool that we have had in the program
is the concept maps. They helped me to really connect different disease processes that a
patient may have.
Many of the professors challenged my thinking and encouraged me to apply critical thinking
skills. They wouldn't give me the answer but encourage me to draw on knowledge.
By the end of this semester, it's amazing how you look at the patient as a whole picture. First
semester, it seems like we focus so much on our skills while trying to understand what we are
seeing, looking for, feeling, or hearing. During this final semester, it's all there.
I think from the beginning they did a great job preparing us for critical thinking so when the
last semester came and we were hit hard with critical thinking skills we were ready.
At the beginning of the program I never believed I would be able to achieve the level of critical
thinking that was expected of us. Looking back now, I know I was very wrong.
Clinical was an awesome place to apply my critical thinking skills. I am a huge fan of concept
maps!
To survive in this program you must be a critical thinker, but the instructors often disagree
with each other and teach conflicting information. Instructors should all be on the same page.
Some of the test questions are very confusing and are poorly written and conflict with the
book or other tests such as ATI. Some of the instructors actually do not get along and
disagree with each other in class or clinical. They should all teach the same and have the
same goals.
Again, I learned how to BS and pass tests
There have been many case studies where we were tested on "what would you as the nurse
do?" The CLT project was very beneficial for developing critical thinking.
This program definitely enhanced my critical thinking skills and how it's important to look at
everything in a situation before coming to a plan of action. This is a skill I will be continuing to
learn to become better at.
Again, I feel this more deduced than taught.

May 18, 2015

11

Statistic
Total Responses

Value
23

12. As a result of this program:
Question
I have
learned to
use
technology
effectively.

Strongly
Disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Total
Responses

0

3

10

16

8

37

13. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about using technology effectively.
Text Response
Learned how to use Epic.....enough said
I already had a very solid background in using technology effectively.
I guess thank you
I don't feel like you get proper training of the pumps and EMR records at every place you
have clinical but other equipment that is across the border I feel comfortable using
I liked the online based courses.
I have always been very strong in this area so this program did not teach me that
A good portion of the time the instructors did not know how to use the technology available.
Learning how to use it was either trouble shooting or previous knowledge from a student.
A lot of places we went to use electronic medical records so I got a good start on learning
those systems that will benefit me when I pursue a career.
I feel that the technology used in this program did not match that which is in real practice.
I feel I was already good with technology but this program has helped a lot.
As far as technology we have learned how to use necessary equipment to preform effectively
as a nurse.
Initially, I was thrown into Gundersen without hardly any training and then was held to a
standard by Heather Norsby that wasn't realistic. Once I entered 3rd semester I had
professors that were patient and encouraged me to ask questions and reviewed my charting
without being condescending and were far more helpful. They understood that charting was
a learning process and facilitated that development.
I did not learn anything regarding technology. Computers are easy to use for me.
I wish the APA formatting would have been taught better. I have been out of school awhile
and this was not something I had ever done and felt like I spent a lot of time figuring it out on
my own.
I have learned no new technological concepts that I did not already know and use regularly.
This program has not given me help with technology. You have to learn it on your own. If an
instructor gets any hint that you don't understand the facilities computer system it goes on
your review. It makes students not want to ask any questions.
My technological skills were enhanced in some areas but these are skills I brought with me
from previous experiences.

May 18, 2015

12

Statistic
Total Responses

Value
17

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

1

0

5

19

13

38

15. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about valuing yourself and working ethically with others in a
diverse population.
Text Response
Could use more of this in the program... pretty much up to each student to be sure they're
getting this.
I learned this on my own. I would have thought due to situations presented to myself and
other students (one in particular) - I would have been able to see and admire how a situation
was handled - it was handled unprofessionally, poorly and borderline illegally.
I was a professional who was used to dealing with diverse populations prior to this program
Previous to coming into this program I valued myself. I think this program does teach ethical
concepts and diversity.
I have seen a lot of patients in this program, from being one hour old to 100 years old. I feel
comfortable working with all age groups and populations.
I have learned how to work with difficult classmates and peers.
Ethical responsibility was taught well during this program.
I have learned that you should never assume anything about a patient or their family.
I am beginning to view myself as an RN and I value everything I have learned at WTC as well
as my clinical experiences.
we took a whole coarse on Leadership and Management that really improved my ability to
provide nursing care in an ethical maner.
I agree with this statement but I also have to disagree to a point. I use all ethics I possibly can
and I am yet falsely accused of acts I never performed.
I have learned alot about diversity, but the instructors sometimes have an opiinion about you
before you start
I think there could be more positive, encouraging feedback from instructors.
Information on ethical principles and diverse populations were emphasized throughout the
program and it has helped me become more aware of my own values and beliefs to become
a better care giver.

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16. As a result of this program:
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7

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I am able to
make
decisions
that
incorporate
the
importance
of
sustainability.

17. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about incorporating the importance of sustainability in
decisions you make.
Text Response
This was not emphasized.
I guess thank you
Thinking financially for our patients is a strong focus to maintain in nursing.
This is an area where I have to improve on but I know I have become better at making
decisions as I go.
no comment
I did not learn this as a result of this program. I learned this before the program and there did
not appear to be much emphasis on this factor.
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PROGRAM OUTCOMES
18. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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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.

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14

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15

19. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Upon reflection of the program, I am able to see personal growth and the role of the structure
used by the program to present materials.
The implementation and requirement of researching nursing journals and articles has
provided me with a firm foundation for achieving my BSN RN.
I guess thank you
The Management class taken in last semester helped with these skills.
I was given a format to challenge my beliefs and encourage discussion which facilitated me to
be a better patient advocate.
Learned the importance of evidence based practice and putting ethical principles to use.
I think they did a great job teaching us this and how to apply it, I think that will come in time
and with experience to feel more confident.
Exactly as stated.
I have my own morals and ethics and have learned more, but the bullies in nursing and
instructors scare me.
AGAIN! All I learned in this program was how to tell people what they want to hear in order to
get good grades and pass tests
The program has enhanced my knowledge of evidence-based practice and why we do the
things we do when caring for our patients.
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20. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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demonstrate
appropriate
written, verbal,
and nonverbal
communication
in a variety of
clinical
contexts.

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16

21. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I guess thank you
Yes, I learned a lot of these communication skills at clinicals.
I have learned how to communicate with others when my clinical instructors provide me with
no help.
I feel capable of effective communication.
Many professors encouraged me to alter my communication styles to meet the person where
they were it was helpful.
Did not do too much written communication.
Being accused of being a bully, and then put into a situation where I was bullied not only by
classmates, but also by an instructor and the dean herself.
The literature review needs help-instructors grade differently and don't agree with each other
I enjoyed opportunities to practicce charting on patient conditions.
Almost every instructor has a different understanding of how to apply referencing protocol
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22. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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integrate social,
mathematical,
and physical
sciences,
pharmacology,
and
pathophysiology
in clinical
decision
making.

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23. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I guess thank you
Keeping the patho to the disease processes of my patients in mind helps see full picture and
provide the best care for them.
I have gain these skill through the whole program.
Stuff Char taught stuck with me through the ENTIRE program. She should teach Pharm all
the time. Her concepts stuck in my head and made them easier to recall.
I think learning pharm first semester was hard and not applied much so feel like that is
something I now have to go back and relearn.
I think the strongest knowledge I gained during this program was in regards to
pathophysiology and pharmacology. It is fascinating!
Yes, but only thanks to the clinical instructors.
Pharmacology was continuously brought up throughout disease processes - very beneficial.
Integrating pathophysiology in my clinical decision making has helped increase my
knowledge of what was really happening with a patient and what they were going through.
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24. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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provide
patient
centered
care by
utilizing the
nursing
process
across
diverse
populations
and
healthcare
settings.

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18

25. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I guess thank you
Throughout care planning, I am able to understand the nursing process and utilize it in real
life.
Clinical broke me out of my comfort zone in caring for patients.
We have provided care for patient through clinical in many different area such as Mental
Health, Medical Surgical, Geriatrics, Maternity, and rural health care.
We learned about things but weren't able to implement many. Partially, this is due to the area
we live in. Perhaps setting up something to get us into a lower SES area one day.
I agree but did not have much opportunity to work in culturally diverse populations.
It was nice having the opportunity to be in different clinical settings
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26. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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minimize risk
of harm to
patients,
members of
the
healthcare
team and self
through safe
individual
performance
and
participation
in system
effectiveness.

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0

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27. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I guess thank you
Yes, I was taught safe, effective care.
Safe nursing practice is always enforced and I feel capable of providing safe patient care.
I did learn this, but I do not believe my current director of nursing is very pleased with it as I
have used the ethical guideline of non-maleficence and autonomy in regards to my work as
an LPN. I think my DON would rather I didn't call those out on the floor.

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28. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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lead the
multidisciplinary
health care
team to provide
effective patient
care throughout
the lifespan.

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29. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
This was not taught formally.
I guess thank you
I have gained leadership skills while being in the program but I know I need to build on this.
we had a lifespan class in second semester that has been integrated into 3rd and 4th
Not much of a chance to "lead" the multidisciplinary health care team- I do not think this is
appropriate because we are students still. Maybe help guide the team and start to take on a
leadership role.
No comments at this time.
Nope
Taking turns being "charge nurse" in management clinical was helpful in being responsible
and learning to provide direction to team members.
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30. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
use
information
and
technology to
communicate,
manage data,
mitigate error,
and support
decisionmaking.

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0

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4

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10

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31. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
I guess thank you
We used evidence based practice through out our nursing program and more so in the last
semester with Lit. Reveiws
I did not learn how to use technology to communicate, manage data, or mitigate error. I do
not know when this would have come up.
I already knew much of this information, using these skills in prior work experiences in health
care field, but it was enhanced during the program.
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CONCLUSION
32. Please use this space to share any other feedback,
comments, or suggestions about your experience at Western
Technical College.
Text Response
Overall happy with my WTC experience.
Because of my experience at Western I do not recommend it to anyone.
None at this time.
Some of the teachers are very unapproachable and do not treat students with respect. They
expect you to come into the class knowing everything they do and get upset when you don't.
There are some incredibly awesome teachers out there to tho. Mary Anderson is incredibly
top notch! As well as Julie Fargen and Stacy Rice.
I learned so much and was able to grow as a person. It was extremely difficult though.
As previously stated some instructors are like taking to a grizzly bear in the woods and you
would rather get ate by the bear then ask them anything. I think that western is very ridged
and treat students like they are disposable. I hope that Mary A. has a lot of changes in store
for western.
The entire program needs to be changed and you need new instructors or send a majority of
your instructors to an effective communication class - get everyone on the same page
The instructors need to be on the same page and give all students the same learning
information regardless of who the instructor is or which class section the student is in. EX:
all students were not given the same power points for the same class and some power points
had more/better information in them.
I think that this very tough program is great to have and I feel a lot more comfortable in the
field then some students who go to 4 year colleges. It makes me proud to be a western
students. However I do think some of the teachers like to bully and bring down some of the
students mentality. I was fortunately not one of these students but I did stand by and watch
others be bullied and felt powerless to help because I was to afraid to get punished myself.
I loved it here. All the staff are amazing. Great experience.
My experience at Western has been overwhelmingly negative. There are a few teachers who
were wonderful, namely Jen, Jan, Mary, Lori, Pat, and maybe a couple of others. The rest
made me feel stupid and unsafe. My advisor did not help me at all and was negative in our
interactions. I am very saddened by this because it has taken me everything to succeed in
this program and the school was really effective in making it harder than it needed to be.
The ATI testing program is expensive for students. WTC has quite a few non-traditional
students and to pay 500$ for books at the beginning of the program and 400$ for a review
class is a ridiculous expense. My ATI books are still in the box they came in, and while I think
the review should be a good experience, I don't feel like it should be mandatory.
I enjoyed my experience at Western Technical College. I am excited to become an RN as it
is my dream, and I get to have that experience thanks to this school. :)

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Although I feel this program is good in many contexts. This program expected its students to
jump through numerous scheduling hurdles that were a result of poor planning and origination
on the behave of staff. I ran across many instructors who were not here for the students. Its
sad to look back at my nursing school experience and not be able to look at it as a good one.
Also, the fact that we have to take this testing again because the LPN one was not given to
us after second semester is angering. I once again am driving an hour to take a test for a
second time. On a positive note, there is still a few staff who gave their all to their students.
I feel my overall experience in the nursing program at Western was a great choice. I'm proud
to be a Western grad!
I had a great experience at Western Technical College. I believe it is important have your
educational advancement acknowledged. The end of the 4th semester validated this for me.
It was a great validation in my final clinical when asked about certain medications,
assessments, and interventions I was able to critically think.
I overall had a really good experience with this program. The few problems I have had being
at a satellite school is that I really don't feel that we are cared for that much. Some teachers
are great but everything is geared towards students at the LaX campus so we really feel that
we were on our own whenever we needed help. I also had a really bad mental health clinical
experience related to the instructor and that really made me frustrated and I felt very alone
because no one was advocating for me as a student.
I enjoyed all the SIMS lab experiences we had throughout our program, the staff has been
great answering our questions and helping us along the way, it would be nice if all instructors
were on the same page when it comes down to clinical paperwork (heard some didn't do as
much as other groups), it would be nice before attending the behavioral health rotation to
have some form of formal training because a lot of students haven't had the change to work
in mental health. The mental health blitz needs to be updated, I felt it didn't help you prepare
for the mental health clinical.
I really enjoyed my time and western and look forward to becoming a nurse!!
Overall very great experience and program was well organized. One instructor that I did not
get along with throughout the program.. I thought she did not know how to communicate with
the students, teach appropriate practices, and was rude to her students. She talked down to
us in a condescending way and I unfortunately did not learn anything from her clinical. The
clinical site has a lot of great opportunities but I was not able to get the full experience.
Program courses were very well organized and easy to follow and I could plan ahead and
know what is expected of me. Clinical sites were all great with a great opportunity to learn.
Exams were well organized, I liked taking mine in the ASC, I liked having that option. Skills
lab first semester was quite a long day with it being from 8-4. I would rather have two four
hour days, did not get much out of skills when I had been sitting there all day. Heather and
Lori did an excellent job at teaching CHA II together. I wasn't sure what it would be like
having them teach different days but they communicated very well and the course flowed
nicely. Overall very well program.
I overall liked it and learned a lot. However when specific instructors cause so many problems
for so many students and they explain this and come to supervisors and share how bad of an
experience they have had. Listen, and make the change for all future students and better
learning overall
My experience has been a great one. I have learned a lot from all of my instructors and
classmates. It has truly been a journey that has helped me to grow in all areas of life.

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I have had a great experience with instructors but have also witnessed classmates that were
singled out. It is unfortunate in todays world and all the anti-bullying that is taught, it is a
problem here at Western. It is a fast paced program and having added stress by treatment of
staff inhibits learning and increases stress. I had the best clinical experience with Mary. She
was patient and helpful. She never made me feel like I was doing something wrong or never
intimidated me. This really enhanced my clinical learning experience. I wish and think that all
staff should take that approach and be helpful to our learning experience and not make us
feel intimidated by them. There are there to help us learn!
I honestly do not believe I would tell anyone to school at Western. Throughout my experience
here, there has been instructors that have been unable to instruct. There have been false
claims that were never able to be stood against. There have been bullies including students,
instructors, and the dean herself, to the point I nearly left the program because the state of
my mentality suffered so much. We are adult learners, and must alter everything about our
lives and sacrifice with no exception for the program, including our children, our jobs, our
family. The faculty requires respect without ever earning it. I survived the program. Not
because of the faculty. Not because of the dean. Not because of the counseling staff. I
survived it because of a group of girls that were suffering the same that were willing to pull
me up and out of my darkest moments and give me the motivation to keep pushing forward,
otherwise all of the sacrifice would have been for naught.
I did love many of my experiences here and I had some great "ah ha!" moments that I will
carry with me when I become a nurse, but there is one thing that I would like changed. I
would like to remind some professors that we are students and we are learning and I
understand that there are rules that we all must follow, but please be respectful of your
students. I felt that some students were bullied by certain professors and I would hope that for
future students this can be changed.
This program in brutal and many people and nurses in the community say it should be refined
I would be very hesitant to recommend this program to ANYONE. It unfortunately remains
the only real feasible option for middle-class, working students with other commitments. If I
knew how poorly organized this program would be I would NOT have gone here. WTC billed
itself as a college that is designed for adult, non-traditional learners, but this is false. This
entire program is set up for traditional students with no commitments. Look at the number of
people who dropped out or failed out- maybe it's less than the national average, but is an
almost 50% fail rate something we really want? Shame, WTC. Shame. I beat you, I
finished, I won. But I did this DESPITE the program. Not because of it. I doubt many people
will be courageous enough to write that in this review, but it's true. Those of us who finished
did in DESPITE of the program, not because of it.
Thank you!
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