ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
The Department of Nursing embraces the College's mission by preparing students to take the nursing licensure examination, and by encouraging self-fulfillment through life-long learning and service to others. The faculty of the Department of Nursing believes that nursing is both an art and a science – a caring profession with a continuously expanding body of knowledge. Through the use of evidence-based practice, nurses must strive to assist individuals, families and communities to achieve optimal functioning, consistent with the delivery of safe and effective nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings. The professional nurse will assess, diagnose and intervene to respond to the healthcare needs of those within their care.
The nursing faculty view individuals as thinking, feeling, unique beings with inherent dignity and worth. Individuals are members of families, communities or populations influenced by multiple factors which contribute to their dynamic and complex nature. Acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes coupled with the nursing process will be utilized to improve the health status of both individuals and communities. The faculty believes health constitutes a quality feature of life, involving dynamic interaction and interdependence among the individual's physical well-being, mental and emotional reactions, and the community or environment in which the person exists. The state of health for individuals, families, and communities is influenced by adaptation to internal and external environmental factors.
The faculty views each student as a unique person with special talents, abilities, needs, and goals. Cultural diversity, varying life experiences, and changing socioeconomic factors affect each student differently. To facilitate teaching and learning in this diverse environment, the faculty function as nursing experts, as facilitators of learning, and as nurturers of students. The faculty continuously endeavors to provide an environment that assists students to realize their full potential. Using a student-centered approach, the program will prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work.
The nursing faculty believes that students will develop nursing judgment by learning to examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families and communities. The incorporation of professional standards, guidelines and competencies will result in graduates who have learned to advocate effectively for patients and families resulting in safe, quality practice in contemporary health care environments.