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About the Nursing Program


Definition of Nursing:

Professional nursing is an art and science, which emphasizes and promoting and maintaining health and wellness, utilizing evidence based practice (EBP) and patient centered care in a multicultural environment. The registered nurse meets the needs of the patient and family with caring, dignity and competence as a compassionate advocate. The nurse demonstrates professionalism, leadership and clinical judgment by utilizing collaboration, informatics and safe practices while providing patient-centered care.

Definition of Nursing Education:

Nursing education incorporates a student centered process of learning, utilizing available resources, nursing courses, and general education courses that promote competency, accountability and professional development. The adult learners are self-directed and take responsibilities for their own learning. The role of the instructor is to facilitate learning using a variety of experiences and activities.

Definition of Teaching/Learning:

Teaching/learning is a student-centered process by which the student/faculty relationship facilitates life-long
learning. Learning is evaluated via a variety of assessment methods.


6 Pillars:

  • Professionalism and leadership - Demonstrating integrity, lifelong learning, accountability and responsibility while functioning within the legal and ethical scope of practice.

  • Clinical Judgment and Evidence based practice - Analyzing assessment data to identify problems, formulate expected outcomes, and develop collaborative plans of care for patients and their families using information from best current evidence.

  • Safety and Quality - Minimizing the risk of harm to patient and providers through individual performance.

  • Patient centered care - Integrating knowledge of patient and family cultural factors when providing care, including age, religion, ethnicity, economics, and gender.

  • Informatics and Technology - Communicating and managing information using technology to support decision making in providing patient care.

  • Collaboration - Planning and implementing care with the inter-professional health care team, patient and family.


Upon completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate competency in the following roles:

  • Demonstrate professionalism and leadership skills reflective of the associate degree nurse.

  • Utilize clinical judgment based on best current evidence to provide safe and effective quality patient care.
  • Demonstrate nursing teamwork and inter-professional collaboration while managing care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Effectively utilize informatics and technology in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Appropriately incorporate knowledge of cultural diversity in the practice of patient centered care.


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