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Baccalaureate Outcomes Met by Associate Degree Nursing Programs

Kumm, Sharon MN, RN; Godfrey, Nelda PhD, RN; Martin, David MN, RN; Tucci, Martha MSN, RN; Muenks, Meredith BSN, RN; Spaeth, Tracy MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000060
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In a statewide study of nurse educators from nationally accredited ADN programs, 42 of 109 baccalaureate outcomes were reported met in their programs. Those outcomes clustered in 3 areas: information management and application of technology, professionalism and professional values, and generalist nursing practice. The 67 outcomes that were not met were in the categories of liberal education, organizational and systems leadership, evidence-based practice, healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments, interprofessional collaboration, and population health. This research provides important evidence from which to construct an outcomes-based associate degree to baccalaureate curriculum.

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Author Affiliations: Clinical Associate Professor (Ms Kumm), Clinical Professor (Dr Godfrey), Clinical Associate Professor (Mr Martin), School of Nursing, University of Kansas; Nurse Manager Stormont–Vail Health Care, Topeka, Kansas (Ms Tucci); Affiliate Faculty Southwestern College Professional Studies, Winfield, Kansas (Ms Tucci); St Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and Master’s Degree Student at School of Nursing, University of Kansas (Ms Muenks); Clinic Nurse (Ms Spaeth), Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Lawrence, Kansas.

This research was not funded.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Kumm, School of Nursing, University of Kansas, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop 4043, Kansas City, KS 66160 (

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Accepted for publication: May 8, 2014

Published ahead of print date: June 27, 2014

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