Mission Statement and Philosophy

Mission Statement
In accordance with the mission statement of the college, the mission is to serve humanity by providing a basic nursing education program which prepares graduate nurses to be compassionate, professional, self-motivated critical thinkers, who are able to assess their own strengths and weaknesses and who gain the respect and support of their communities as successful registered nurses. In carrying out this mission, faculty continually strive to practice what is taught.

Philosophy
The principal aim of the nursing education program at Columbia State Community College is to prepare individuals to become registered nurses.

Nursing is the application of knowledge and skills to help individuals, sick or well, adapt to their health needs. The individual is a unique being of intrinsic worth and dignity, a unified whole, possessing an interrelatedness of experiences derived from biological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual needs in response to the environment. The practice of nursing is an art and a science. The nurse extracts from a knowledge base comprised of empirical, scientific and intuitive knowledge to select nursing actions. Nursing actions are directed toward assisting individuals to attain and/or maintain optimum health throughout the life span.

Health is a dynamic process whereby the individual continually adapts to stressors in the internal and external environment in an attempt to achieve and maintain optimum wellness. Adaptations to stressors may result in altered functions. The individual has the capacity and the responsibility to determine health care needs and influence the state of wellness by increasing knowledge and altering behaviors.

The Associate Degree Nurse is a generalist whose practice encompasses the interrelated roles of provider of care, coordinator/manager of care and a member within the discipline of nursing. As a provider of care, the Associate Degree Nurse gives direct nursing care to individuals with imminent health needs, with consideration of their relationship within a family, a group and a community. As a manager of care, the nurse coordinates care for groups of patients in acute, intermediate and long-term care settings. Collaboration, organization, delegation, accountability, advocacy and respect for other health care workers characterize this role. The Associate Degree Nurse adheres to and fosters professional codes of conduct. This practice is characterized by a commitment to professional growth, continuous learning and self-development.

Nursing education involves adult learners who are self-motivated, goal-directed and who view the learning experiences of the program as a means of achieving their goals. Learning is an ongoing process, which is progressive, cumulative, and is evidenced by behavioral change.

Nursing is an applied discipline and the nursing student must assimilate and apply information from the humanities, psychosocial sciences, nursing science, and physical sciences in providing nursing care for individuals. While the responsibility for learning rests primarily with the learner, it is the responsibility of the teacher to provide an environment and experiences which promote learning and goal achievement. Opportunities in the clinical setting provide for the application of knowledge and acquisition of skills. Learning experiences are directed toward growth of independent thought and critical thinking.

The nursing curriculum combines general education and nursing education courses to provide the student with scientific knowledge, technical and interpersonal skills. The curriculum is planned to progress from education at the basic and familiar level to one of increased depth in knowledge and skill. The graduate of this program will:
  1. Communicate with others using appropriate verbal and nonverbal methods.
  2. Plan and revise nursing care using the nursing process.
  3. Implement/facilitate nursing care with safety and skill.
  4. Demonstrate acceptance of professional responsibility.
  5. Function as a contributing member of the health team.

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