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Information & Academic Literacy

AL Competencies & Attributes

Similar to the new curriculum, academic literacy includes specific competencies and attributes. The Learning Commons team has focused on those competencies and attributes that are most important for our students. 


The ability of the student to demonstrate a competence and represent a standard of quality.  The Learning Commons team has focused on 13 key academic literacy competencies that are connected to CARNA’s (2019) Entry Level Competencies for the Registered Nurse. These abilities help nurses engage in life-long learning; participate in evidence-based practice; and communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, stakeholders, and other healthcare practitioners. 


Within each competency, the Learning Commons team has outlined attributes that are qualities that represent stages or milestones in one’s development or growth within that competency. These attributes can be seen as skills that a student may exhibit, which highlight their growth along the continuum from basic comprehension and knowledge, intermediate application of that knowledge, analysis of old and new knowledge and information, and proficiency in evaluation and creation within the specific competency areas.

Mapping Competencies & Attributes

Key academic literacy competencies and attributes of those competencies have been outlined in this section according to program year and level of proficiency along Bloom's taxonomy. Those who would like to see how specific competency are scaffolded across the BNRT or PDBN program can refer to the two documents found below.