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Mission and Philosophy of the Nursing Program

The Mission of the department of nursing is to prepare persons for licensure as nurses. The department serves the needs of the Commonwealth for safe, contemporary nursing care of its citizens. Students are educated in the care of the person of diverse age, gender, race, cultural, socioeconomic, and health status within a variety of structured health care settings according to the respective scope of practice delineated by CMR 244.3.00.

The department of nursing is committed to providing cost effective quality education to a diverse student population. This goal is accomplished by promoting opportunity for students to experience

  1. a motivating learning environment that encourages enthusiasm and pride in the profession of nursing;
  2. the opportunity to obtain knowledge and develop understanding of nursing practice;
  3. the opportunity to increase knowledge of self and others, thereby encouraging personal and professional growth;
  4. an atmosphere that encourages students to actively participate in co learning experiences needed for beginning level of nursing practice.

Nursing education is a lifelong process. The basic assumption of nursing education is that there is a body of knowledge, skills, and behaviors that can be learned. Learning occurs as the student incorporates the concepts and skills afforded by diverse learning situations, applies them, and evaluates the outcomes. Identifying opportunities for further learning is an essential component of nursing education. Becoming a nurse is an experiential, maturational, developmental process, which proceeds from the simple to the complex in knowledge, behavior, and skill attainment. The faculty believe that teaching and learning are interactive processes and expect the student to assume an active role. A variety of instructional strategies are used to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving, thereby enabling the learner to transfer knowledge and skills from the didactic to the clinical settings. These skills enable the nurse to make decisions and take actions that are consistent with standards for nursing practice and licensing laws.

Council of A.D.N. Competencies Task Force National League for Nursing (2000). Competencies for graduates of A. D. N programs. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett
Henderson, V. (1966). The nature of nursing: a definition and its implications, practice, research, and education. New York: MacMillen

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