Mission / Philosophy / Goals
- Dr. Kathleen Hopkins, Division Chair
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NURSING PROGRAM STATEMENTS
The mission of the associate degree in the Nursing Program at Rockland Community College is to meet the needs of the community for individuals who are both informed citizens and registered professional nurses. The Nursing Program provides access into practice as a registered professional nurse, and is the basis for higher education and lifelong learning.
The nursing faculty at Rockland Community College embraces philosophical beliefs that guide the nursing curriculum. We believe that nursing is a unique art and a practice-oriented, scientific discipline that utilizes principles and concepts from nursing research and general education courses that enhance professional nursing knowledge and practice. The practice of nursing assists diverse individuals or groups to maintain or attain optimal health by establishing goals, implementing care and evaluating treatment responses (NCSBN, 2004). Nursing is an integral part of a complex, ever-changing healthcare system where interdisciplinary collaboration is essential.
NURSING PROGRAM GOALS
The overall goals of the associate degree Nursing Program at Rockland Community College are to:
- Meet the needs of the community for individuals who are both informed citizens and registered nurses.
- Provide access into practice as a registered nurse and the foundation for baccalaureate and higher education in nursing for all who desire it.
These goals are consistent with the College’s mission statement to provide an accessible, responsive, student-centered learning environment and to facilitate the achievement of educational, professional and personal goals.
NURSING PROGRAM GRADUATE COMPETENCIES
The specific educational objectives of the nursing curriculum support the College’s mission statement. These graduate competencies, which were revised and approved by the nursing faculty in January 2015, state that upon completion of the Nursing Program, the graduate is prepared to:
- Provide patient-centered care utilizing a collaborative approach which includes the patient, family, significant others and members of the nursing and healthcare team.
- Practice with competence and humanism and provide a safe and cost-effective healthcare environment.
- Coordinate care for groups of patients utilizing organizational skills and the concepts of delegation, accountability and advocacy.
- Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory framework of nursing in accordance with professional standards.