Tempo Competency-Based Learning™

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is delivered through Tempo Learning®, a competency-based education experience. This means that rather than progressing toward your degree course by course, you move ahead by completing competencies.

Competencies are skills, knowledge, and abilities that students use to demonstrate their progress. For each degree, a series of competencies that students need to be successful in for their careers is identified. By completing all the competencies included within a degree program, students demonstrate that they have acquired skills and knowledge specifically identified by leaders in their field, and are able to apply them immediately in their work lives.

Mastery of competencies is proven through a variety of assessments, such as selected responses, short answers, or work products.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program competencies are grouped within areas of expertise.

Areas of Expertise and Competency Descriptions

Issues and Trends in Nursing (NURS 3100) (5 cr.)

  • IN3001: The Power of Nursing (0.25 cr.)
    Recognize the role of the nurse as a leader in the dynamic field of healthcare.
  • IN3002: Nurses at the Forefront of Issues and Trends (0.75 cr.)
    Analyze factors, issues, and trends impacting the nursing profession.
  • IN3003: Quality and Safety Practices for Healthcare Solutions (1 cr.)
    Explain how evidence-based nursing solutions promote patient quality and safety.
  • IN3004: Inter-Professional Teamwork: Civil Collaboration for the Common Good (0.75 cr.)
    Recommend appropriate strategies to promote civility and inter-professional communication in the workforce.
  • IN3005: Powerful Caring Leads to Social Change (1 cr.)
    Analyze the responsibility of nursing professionals to advocate for social change.
  • IN3006: Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy (1.25 cr.)
    Evaluate areas of strength and areas of professional growth for improving the health and healthcare delivery of populations.

Health Assessment (NURS 3020) (5 cr.)

  • HA3001: Cultural and Genetic Influences on Health (0.25 cr.)
    Identify population health, cultural influences, and genetic and genomic information as it relates to conducting a health history and physical assessment.
  • HA3002: Ethical Issues in Health Assessment (0.5 cr.)
    Articulate ethical issues related to obtaining a health history and physical exam.
  • HA3003: Biopsychosocial Factors (0.5 cr.)
    Evaluate the impact of biopsychosocial factors on a patient during a health assessment.
  • HA3004: Comprehensive Health History (1.25 cr.)
    Conduct and document a comprehensive health history.
  • HA3005: Comprehensive Physical Assessment (2.5 cr.)
    Conduct and document a comprehensive physical assessment.

Information Management and Patient Care Technology (NURS 3110) (5 cr.)

  • IM3001: Informatics in Healthcare (0.25 cr.)
    Recognize the importance of nursing informatics in healthcare and how it impacts the nurse's role and the healthcare institution.
  • IM3002: Workflows and Workarounds in Nursing Practice (0.5 cr.)
    Design workflows to eliminate workarounds in nursing practice.
  • IM3003: Clinical Data Evaluation (1 cr.)
    Evaluate clinical data to support evidence-based decision-making related to safe, quality healthcare delivery.
  • IM3004: Protecting Patient Privacy (1.25 cr.)
    Use strategies to ensure the protection of patient data and privacy
  • IM3005: Healthcare Technology and Informed Decision Making (2 cr.)
    Create educational plans in collaboration with patients based on information from healthcare technology.

Foundations of Nursing Research (NURS 3150) (5 cr.)

  • NR3001: Research Process (1 cr.)
    Recognize the elements of the research process.
  • NR3002: Research Methodology (1.5 cr.)
    Analyze research methodologies.
  • NR3003: Interpreting Data (1 cr.)
    Analyze and interpret research data.
  • NR3004: Research Recommendations (1.5 cr.)
    Generate reasonable conclusions and recommendations based on published research findings.

Quality and Safety through Evidence-Based Practice (NURS 4100) (5 cr.)

  • EP4001: Evidence-Based Practice Models for Research (1 cr.)
    Understand the importance of using models to facilitate evidence-based practice.
  • EP4002: Clinical Nursing Issues (0.75 cr.)
    Develop an evidence-based practice question based on a clinical nursing issue.
  • EP4003: Evaluating Research (1.25 cr.)
    Evaluate research related to a clinical practice issue.
  • EP4004: Designing Interventions (2 cr.)
    Recommend evidence-based clinical interventions or process improvements to promote positive patient health outcomes.

Advocacy through Healthcare Policy (NURS 4105) (5 cr.)

  • HP4001: Policy and the Role of the Nurse (1.25 cr.)
    Analyze the role of the nurse as a force that shapes policy.
  • HP4002: US Healthcare System (0.5 cr.)
    Demonstrate an understanding of the US healthcare system.
  • HP4003: Social Determinants of Health (1.25 cr.)
    Analyze healthcare policy and social determinants of health and how they impact health disparities.
  • HP4004: Evaluating Health Policy (1.25 cr.)
    Evaluate federal, state and local policies on healthcare.
  • HP4005: Advocacy for Policy Change (0.75 cr.)
    Recommend policy change to advocate for positive patient outcomes.

Role of the Nurse in Public and Global Health (NURS 4115) (5 cr.)

  • GH4001: Principles of Epidemiology (0.75 cr.)
    Recognize principles of epidemiology.
  • GH4002: The Role of the Nurse in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (0.75 cr.)
    Analyze the role of the nurse leader in preparing for and responding to public health disasters and emergencies.
  • GH4003: Communication and Collaboration with Diverse Cultures (1 cr.)
    Analyze population health beliefs and behaviors to inform culturally competent nursing practice.
  • GH4004: The State of Global Health (2.5 cr.)
    Compare a health problem and the healthcare system of the U.S. to other countries.

Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health (NURS 4210) (5 cr.)

  • PH4001: The Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health (0.25 cr.)
    Analyze the role of the nurse leader in population health.
  • PH4002: Identifying Health Problems within Your Community (0.5 cr.)
    Justify a public health problem within your community using multiple sources of data.
  • PH4003: Community Assessment (Practicum) (1.5 cr.)
    Analyze a population health problem based on a community assessment.
  • PH4004: Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health Nursing (Practicum) (1 cr.)
    Synthesize sources of information to inform public health nursing interventions.
  • PH4005: Evidence-Based Intervention Plan (Practicum) (1.75 cr.)
    Create an evidence-based primary intervention plan at the system level in collaboration with health leaders to improve the health of a population in your community.

Topics in Clinical Nursing (NURS 4005) (5 cr.)

  • CN4001: Nurse as Leader (1 cr.)
    Analyze the leadership role of the nurse in preventing and managing health problems across the lifespan in health care practice settings.
  • CN4002: Genetics and Genomics (1.5 cr.)
    Develop a patient education fact sheet for a genetic based health care issue.
  • CN4003: Staffing Plan (1 cr.)
    Analyze the process of creating a staffing plan that meets both patient care needs and budget constraints.
  • CN4004: Data-driven Nursing Interventions (1.5 cr.)
    Create a data-driven nursing intervention based on quality indicators.

Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare (NURS 4220) (5 cr.)

  • LC4001: Healthcare Quality (0.5 cr.)
    Analyze healthcare quality for nursing practice.
  • LC4002: Quality Improvement Processes (0.75 cr.)
    Analyze quality improvement processes.
  • LC4003: Quality Improvement Tools (0.75 cr.)
    Analyze information from quality improvement tools.
  • LC4004: Leadership for Organizational Culture and Growth (0.5 cr.)
    Analyze leadership for organizational culture and growth to promote positive social change through patient quality and safety.
  • LC4005: Improving Patient Quality and Safety (2.5 cr.)
    Apply quality improvement processes and tools as a scholar-practitioner to improve quality and safety.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their Student Success Advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their Student Success Advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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