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Associate of Science in Nursing

UMA is phasing out its Associate of Science in Nursing degree program. During the program teach out all students currently enrolled in the program and all students currently on the Nursing Wait List will have the opportunity to graduate from this program. There may also be limited slots available for new students.

UMA takes great pride in its Nursing Program, which has graduated more than 1,600 RNs. In virtually every health care facility in central Maine and even around the state, you’ll find UMA-educated nurses filling critically important roles in the delivery of care to patients. A constant in our tradition of expertly preparing nursing students is a superb faculty who combine nursing experience and teaching excellence. Like the care they show to patients in the health care setting, our faculty display the same care in the classroom, providing each and every nursing student with the attention and understanding they need to succeed.

Along with its outstanding faculty, UMA boasts a Nursing Center with expanded classrooms and labs equipped with contemporary equipment. This excellent nurse education center provides an ideal setting for learning, while our relationship with Maine General Hospital and numerous other healthcare facilities provides our students with invaluable hands-on clinical experience.

Our ASN nursing majors graduate well prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse. Once licensed, they can often choose from among a wide array of rewarding and well compensated RN career opportunities.

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The last accreditation visit was in March of 2013.  Continuing accreditation was granted with the next visit affirmed for Spring 2021.

Maine State Board of Nursing
161 Capitol Street, 158 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04330-0158
Telephone: (207)287-1133
Web site:  www.state.me.us/boardofnursing

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P. (404) 975-5000
F. (404) 975-5020

ASN Student Handbook

UMA’s Nursing program produces caring, competent, knowledgeable professionals who provide an invaluable service to their communities. Clinical, critical thinking and writing skills, along with an understanding of various systems (health care, biological, family, and sociological) are just some of the skills that our nursing students acquire. Additional skills and abilities they possess are listed below.
Communication:

  • Facilitating the nurse-patient relationship
  • Teaching
  • Advocating
  • Counseling and interviewing
  • Public speaking
  • Active listening
  • Assessing individual needs

Human Development:

  • Managing patients throughout lifespan
  • Understanding basic human needs
  • Clarifying values
  • Working with families
  • Sensitivity to diversity
  • Working as a team player

Technical:

  • Critical observations
  • Understanding medical terminology
  • Psychomotor skill development
  • Physical stamina
  • Accuracy with details
  • Planning and organizing

Critical Thinking:

  • Utilizing the nursing process
  • Working under pressure
  • Setting priorities
  • Applying theory to clinical practice
  • Implementing and evaluating plans
  • Making decisions
  • Identifying ethical dilemmas

The selected list below indicates a range of career possibilities. For some occupations listed below, a Bachelor’s degree or graduate level of study may be required.
Health Care (Traditional Settings):

  • Staff Nurse (all areas of care)
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Supervisor*
  • Charge Nurse
  • Advanced Practitioner*
  • Nurse Practioner, CNS, Midwife*
  • Home Health Care Nurse
  • Office Nurse
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Enterostomal Therapist*
  • School Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse

Health Care (Non-Traditional Settings):

  • Case Manager
  • Biofeedback Therapist*
  • Flight Nurse
  • Day Care Nurse
  • Health Care/Nursing Research*
  • Camp Nurse
  • Parish Nurse
  • Forensic Nurse

Education:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Staff Development
  • School Health Coordinator
  • Patient Education Coordinator

*Baccalaureate or Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

Upon completion of the UMA Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:
Professional Behaviors:

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors of nursing practice including assuming responsibility for his/her own actions, practicing nursing within legal and ethical standards, acting as a client advocate, and maintaining professional boundaries in the nurse-client relationship.
  • Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth.

Communication:

  • Establish, maintain, and use therapeutic skills to promote effective communication with individuals and groups.
  • Document client assessment data and nursing actions accurately with minimal assistance.
  • Communicate relevant, accurate, and complete information, written and verbal, in a concise and clear manner.

Assessment:

  • Assess the client’s health by completing a health history and performing a physical, cognitive, psychosocial and functional assessment including the impact of developmental, cultural, and spiritual influences.
  • Assess the client’s changing health and responses to interventions.

Clinical Decision Making:

  • Make clinical judgments to ensure safe and competent care.
  • Apply all four components of the nursing process, at a beginning practitioner level, to provide care to clients across the lifespan experiencing common recurring health problems.
  • Formulate an individual plan of care based on assessment data.
  • Evaluate and modify care plan based on ongoing assessment.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of care in meeting client outcomes.

Caring Interventions:

  • Demonstrate caring behaviors toward the client, significant support persons, peers and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Identify and honor the emotional, cultural, and spiritual influences on the client’s health.

Teaching and Learning:

  • Develop, implement and modifies teaching plans for clients based on assessment data and identified learning needs.
  • Modify the teaching plan based on evaluation of progress toward identified learning outcomes.

Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with other health care professionals and seek assistance from those with more education and/or experience to achieve optimal client outcomes.

Managing Care:

  • Coordinate the implementation of care plans for clients and significant support personnel
  • Provide nursing care to multiple clients, prioritizing care effectively
  • Supervise and evaluate the activities of assistive personnel
  • Facilitate continuity of care across health care settings
  • Delegate appropriate aspects of client care to qualified assistive personnel, providing effective feedback, supervision and evaluation

The University of Maine at Augusta’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program is externally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The commission requests that student achievement outcome data be shared publically with our community. The student outcome data below has been gathered and evaluated by our faculty team and relates directly to the Associate of Science Nursing Program Outcomes.
Licensure Pass Rates:

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 3 Year mean
1st Attempt Passing Rate 80.52% 89.7% 86.53% 85.58%

National Averages:

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 3 Year Mean
1st Attempt Passing Rate 81.43% 79.26% 81.87% 80.85%

The University of Maine at Augusta’s Associate of Science Program is externally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The commission requests that student achievement outcome data be made publicly accessible. Data for the ASN degree program is provided below.

Student Program Completion Data by Class Admitted:

Year 2011 2012 2013 2014
Two Year Completion 56% 63% 53% 69%
Three Year Completion 63% 78% 70% pending

Student retention and program completion rates are above the nursing program’s defined expected level of achievement of 65%.

Employment Rates:

University of Maine at Augusta nursing students are surveyed several after graduation to determine employment status.  Additional attempts to determine employment status of the graduates are made through use of social media.  100% of the 2015 graduates responding to the survey and social media queries responded that they are employed in a nursing related position.   This represents 20 of 50 students surveyed.  Additional contact strategies are being developed to obtain more exact employment rate data.

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