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What Makes Platt College Different?
Our students appreciate that new learning itself expands their lives and the lives of others. Throughout our website and on our campus walls, you will see the words I Can, I Will, I Did. These words illustrate our campus culture's commitment to student success. I Can illustrates the attitudes of our applicants and newest students. I Will serves as the powerful reminder for our students that each day completed is one step closer to their goals in healthcare. And finally, I Did celebrates our graduates determination and entry into the diverse field of nursing.
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Platt College’s history spans well over three decades and our graduates are known in the Denver community for their work with people from vulnerable populations, for their utilization of evidence to provide competent and safe care, and for their ability to explore the nursing process. Platt College graduates are continually finding fresh ways to give back, to share, and to accept the demands of responsible citizenship.
More importantly, we strive to introduce students to the pursuit of life-long learning, to the development of educated members of the community, and to provide the foundation for becoming informed, independent thinkers who can comprehend, evaluate, and address the issues that human beings face in their personal lives, in their careers, and in community and public affairs.
Platt College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) designed for completion in as little as 3 years. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded a BSN degree. Following successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) through the State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, a graduate of Platt College is then qualified to seek employment as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Achievement of the program outcomes is measured using the following five (5) competencies based upon the national standards of The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008) and the Pre-Licensure knowledge, skills, and attitudes delineated by Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).
1. Nursing Process
- Assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care collaboratively with diverse individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
- Provide nursing care in a variety of settings with a focus on the prevention of illness and injury and promotion, restoration, maintenance of health and optimal functioning across the lifespan.
- Apply, analyze, and synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes from liberal arts education as the basis for safe, holistic professional nursing practice
2. Nursing Informatics
- Demonstrate skill in the use of patient care technology, resources, information, and information systems to communicate and collaboratively manage and deliver safe, effective patient care.
- Uphold ethical standards related to data security, regulatory requirements, and confidentiality for a diverse patient population.
- Evaluate and utilize data from all relevant sources, including technology, to inform and improve the delivery of care.
3. Professional Standards
- Demonstrates quality by documenting the application of the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner.
- Participates in and uses the results of quality improvement (QI) activities to initiate changes in nursing practice and within various healthcare delivery systems.
- Seeks learning experiences that develop clinical and nursing skills and knowledge.
- Demonstrates professional judgment and critical thinking in the delivery of health care guided by best evidence.
- Contributes to a health and supportive learning and care environments.
- Demonstrates the ability to form and maintain a therapeutic and professional patient-student nurse relationship.
4. Evidence-Based Practice
- Integrate best current evidence with emerging clinical knowledge while working collaboratively with the patient and/or family for the delivery of care based on best evidence.
- Utilizes reliable sources for locating evidence reports and clinical practice guidelines to support high quality, cost-effective care delivery.
- Values the need for continuous improvement in clinical practice based on new knowledge.
- Evaluates nursing research to inform practice.
- Identifies researchable clinical problems.
5. Interprofessional Collaboration
- Function effectively within nursing and diverse interprofessional teams, demonstrating open communication, mutual respect, with an evolving ability to participate in decision-making to achieve safe, effective care delivery.
- Model the professional nursing role within the interdisciplinary healthcare team
- Collaborate in creating a documented plan of care, focused on outcomes and decisions related to care and delivery of services, that is reflective of communication with diverse patients, families, and others.
Our End-of-Program Outcomes (External Indices) are also tracked as outcomes of the BSN program and include: