OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMESObjectives and Outcomes: The Fundamental DifferenceWITTMANN-PRICE, RUTH A.; FASOLKA, BRIAN J.Author Information About the Authors Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, was assistant professor and coordinator for the education track at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when this article was written. She is now head of the nursing program at Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina. Brian J. Fasolka, MSN, RN, CEN, is an assistant clinical professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Contact Dr. Wittmann-Price at [email protected]. Nursing Education Perspective: July 2010 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 233-236 Buy Abstract This discussion focuses on the difference between educational objectives and outcomes. Both terms are used in nursing education, many times for the same purpose, yet they are expressions of different educational paradigms. A historical view of the development of objectives and outcomes is provided as well as a description of each. The discussion concludes with a demonstration of formats for developing educational outcomes. Copyright 2010 by National League for Nursing, Inc.