Core Competencies


Core Competencies provide the foundation upon which the bachelor’s curriculum is built.  They are consistent with and integral to the mission of Le Moyne College in preparing nurses for leadership and service in a diverse society.  These core competencies, which are fundamental to the practice of professional nursing, are reflected throughout all of the course work and include professional role development, caring, critical thinking, communication, assessment, and leadership.  The following table provides the definitions of these core competencies and illustrates how they are operationalized in the nursing program outcomes.

Core Competencies Inherent in RN-BS Program Outcomes

Definition of Core Competencies

BS Program Outcomes

Critical Thinking: is an intellectual process of decision making that involves using data from multiple sources to question assumptions, reason inductively and deductively, problem solve intuitively and creatively, analyze, synthesize, and apply evidence  from research, and evaluate outcomes when dealing with complex and dynamic situations.   

The BS graduates integrate information from nursing and the liberal arts and sciences to make decisions in the delivery of quality and safe care.

Communication: is a complex process of sharing
information , ideas, and perceptions through the use of listening, verbal and non-verbal interactions, written skills, and literacy in multi-media technology to convey intended messages in a manner that is logical, clear, accurate, therapeutic, and relevant to individuals and groups.   

The BS graduates incorporate principles of effective communication using a variety of techniques to interact with and convey information to clients, peers (intraprofessional), other health care providers (interprofessional), and communities of interest to improve health outcomes.

Assessment: is a multidimensional process to gather information about physical, psychosocial, cognitive, spiritual, and environmental needs of individuals, families, and communities for the purpose of diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating client care outcomes based on the findings.   

The BS graduates apply assessment skills to determine the health status and needs of the client for the prevention of disease, promotion of wellness, reduction of risk, and maintenance of optimal well-being

Caring: is an expression of respect for the dignity and self-worth of others, honoring the client’s ethical right to self-determination, confidentiality, and truth telling, and to safety and fairness in treatment regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or cultural differences.   

The BS graduates integrate ethical principles in the delivery of health services to clients.
Professional Role Development: is an integrative process whereby the individual assumes characteristics, values, and behaviors associated with a commitment to professional nursing practice which includes assessing, designing, managing, coordinating, and evaluating initiatives using the best available evidence to promote quality and safety in care.    The BS graduates, in the multidimensional role of the generalist, demonstrate competencies associated with professional nursing practice

Leadership: is the ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources regarding health policy, regulations, systems functioning, and organizational needs to make appropriate, creative, and innovative decisions in achieving quality and safety in the delivery of patient-centered care and in supporting a positive environment conducive for practice.   

The BS graduates incorporate information management, use of evidence, application of technology, and recognition of policy, finance, and regulatory requirements based on theoretical and conceptual frameworks.


 Program Objectives

It is an expectation that upon successful completion of the baccalaureate degree in nursing at Le Moyne College, the graduates will:


  1. practice in the multidimensional role of a generalist in the provision of health care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  2. synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences and nursing for application to professional nursing practice.
  3. communicate effectively with clients, colleagues (intraprofessional),  and other  health professionals (interprofessional) through proficient use of listening, verbal, non-verbal, and written skills as well as through demonstrating literacy in information management.
  4. integrate principles of altruism, ethical decision-making, cultural diversity, and caring in the delivery of health services to clients.
  5. critically evaluate research-based findings as evidence to change practice.
  6. apply critical thinking skills when assessing, designing, managing, implementing and evaluating outcomes of nursing interventions.
  7. demonstrate evidence of professional development and growth by engaging in activities to promote the advancement of the profession
  8. apply principles of teaching and learning in health promotion and protection, risk reduction, disease management, and rehabilitation activities for the improvement of health outcomes.
  9. incorporate principles of leadership to effectively and efficiently use resources for     enhancing the practice environment and improving patient care outcomes.



Technical Standards for B.S. Degree in Nursing

The Nursing Department’s curriculum is designed to provide the general education necessary for the practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level of preparation. Students build on the fundamental principles of nursing, acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience, and develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in decision making and problem solving pertaining to the delivery of high quality nursing services. Students in the program of nursing are expected to fulfill the following technical standards:


• Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and applied sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lecture, group seminar, small group activities and physical demonstrations.

• Acquire information from written documents and computer information systems (including literature searches and data retrieval), and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, transparencies and slides.

• Use and interpret information from diagnostic maneuvers (e.g. sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), and other diagnostic representations of physiological phenomena during the course of conducting a comprehensive physical assessment of a client.

• Accurately elicit information, including a medical history and other information, required to adequately and effectively assess and evaluate a client’s condition.

• Synthesize information to develop a plan of care.

• Problem solve and think critically to judge which theory and/or strategy of assessment and intervention is most appropriate.

• Use intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, and timely and accurately complete responsibilities attendant to the delivery of care to clients.

• Maintain effective, mature, and sensitive relationships with clients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.

• Perform specific procedures and interventions (e.g. basic life support techniques) sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care according to prescribed therapeutic regimens.

• Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patient’s condition as called for under the circumstances.

• Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.

• Possess emotional stability to function effectively under stress and adapt to changing environments inherent in the clinical practice of nursing.

• Practice universal precautions against contamination and cross contamination with infectious pathogens (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment, working with sharp objects and hazardous chemicals, treating clients with infectious diseases).

• Demonstrate manual dexterity and motor skills in performing nursing procedures such as giving a bed bath, making an occupied or unoccupied bed, and positioning and transferring clients safely.

• Upon admission, a candidate who discloses a disability and requests accommodation will be asked to provide documentation of his or her disability for the purpose of determining appropriate accommodations, including modification to the program. The College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make modifications that would substantially alter the nature or requirements of the program or provide auxiliary aids that present an undue burden to the College. To matriculate or continue in the curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all the essential functions outlined in these technical standards either with or without accommodation.