Mission Statement & Philosophy, Themes & Threads
The Everett Community College Faculty have written and fully endorse the following statements about the Mission and Philosphy of our program. Our program is very closely knit to these ideas. The curriculum which you will follow as an Everett Community College Nursing Student will be very much reflective of these concepts. As you read through these statements, you might want to think about your view of learning and your ideas about the faculty and student role.
Nursing Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Nursing at Everett Community College is to prepare nurses to:
- Practice collaboratively with members of the health care team as providers of care, communicators, advocates and teachers.
- Assist clients to assume increasing responsibility for defining and maintaining health or moving toward a dignified death.
- Interact collaboratively with individuals across the lifespan experiencing commonly occurring health alterations.
- Demonstrate flexibility while practicing in a variety of health care settings.
Nursing Department Philosophy
The Nursing Program operates within the framework of Everett Community College mission and objectives. As an integral part of the college, the faculty of the Department of Nursing assume responsibility for the encouragement and facilitation of life-long learning through education for the diverse people of the community.
Learning is active, continuous, and evidenced by changes in behavior. It is an interactive process between students and faculty, where both share the responsibility for creating an educational climate. Individuals are valued for the unique contribution they bring to the learning situation. Students are capable of self-direction and accountable for their own performance. Critical thinking is essential as a tool of inquiry and as such is a valuable resource in life. Faculty endeavor to model the personal and professional characteristics they seek to develop in the student.
Human beings are unique and dynamic, functioning in an integrated way to meet perceived needs. People interact within the framework of family, community, culture, growing and developing as individuals within ever changing social systems that influence their values and patterns of behavior. Health is a state of being that people define in relation to their own values. Health is based on internal and external variables: genetic, developmental, environmental, social, cultural, economic, psychological, intellectual and spiritual.
Nursing is a dynamic, interactive process wherein each individual is viewed holistically. A central theme of nursing is caring. Respect for the right of the individual to make personal health choices is implicit. Nursing includes purposeful interventions based on specialized skills drawn from theories and knowledge from various disciplines.
We believe that there are commonalties upon which all nursing education is based. Scientific knowledge, technological, and societal changes continually affect nursing practice and therefore, nursing education is oriented to the future. Nursing education emphasizes professionalism, the continual personal and professional development of the nurse, and the evolution of a nurse self-concept.
Articulation between levels of nursing is provided throughout the curriculum. Nurses are prepared to practice at levels which are differentiated by the complexity and breadth of the affective, cognitive and psychomotor skills. Practical and Associate Degree nursing graduates are nursing generalists. These nurses practice collaboratively with members of the health care team as providers of care, communicators, advocates and teachers. The nurse is accountable to the consumer for the care administered.
Practical nurses provide standardized care under the direct supervision of the registered nurse and/or other health care practitioners. As members of the health care system, they seek out and take advantage of opportunities for their own continuing education.
Associate Degree nurses, while concerned with standardized care, individualize and manage care for groups of clients making practice decisions using a broad and complex base of knowledge and skills. Each nurse bears the responsibility to strengthen nursing practice through self-development and the use of resources for continued learning.
Nursing Department Themes & Threads
Foundations of the Nursing Program
The foundations of the nursing curriculum provide the structure for determining inclusiveness and direction for the program, and include conceptual themes and threads of the curriculum.
Conceptual themes provide the broad foundation upon which the nursing courses are built. They represent the faculty’s vision of nursing and our approach towards nursing practice. These ideas represent faculty values and an assumption that nurses who are prepared in this program will integrate these “themes” into their future practice.
Human diversity is an awareness of sensitivity to any human’s unique cultural and/or societal beliefs and practices. Concern for diversity is expressed by caring for clients in a way that matches the clients’ perceptions of health.
Professionalism is the internalization of beliefs, values, and learning which results in an obligation to continual self-evaluation and strengthening of knowledge, values, and skills. At the core of professionalism is self-concept which involves the consideration of the effects of the nurse’s psychological, intellectual, physical, and cultural self upon others. Important qualities of a nurse are commitment, accountability, integrity, and the ability to exercise discretion in making judgments regarding nursing practice.
Health is a condition of the life cycle that is dynamic, adaptive, and responsive to both internal and external stimuli, and is influenced by the behaviors of a person.
Wellness is a personal philosophy reflected by a lifestyle dedicated to progression toward a higher level of functioning and living to a fuller potential. Wellness is more than the absence of illness. It is an appreciation of and commitment to health.
Environment is a concept encompassing all that comes into awareness between individuals in any personal interaction. Biological, social, psychological, cultural, and spiritual variables form each individual’s unique awareness. Each participant defines the environment by providing context, meaning, and pattern to each interaction.
Caring is a necessary and basic condition of life. Professional caring is an interaction between a giver and a recipient directed toward maximizing positive health outcomes and assisting individuals to attain the highest level of wellness they desire. The expressions of caring are:
- a feeling of compassion
- an attitude of concern
- a philosophy of commitment
- an ethical disposition in the situation
- acts of doing for another
- conscious attention to the monitoring, surveillance, and protection of well-being
- nurturance of growth and adaptation
- the courage of entering into the experience of another and being fully present
- advocacy on behalf of another
Caring is essential because it contributes to the perception of a safe environment. Caring is the integrative force that organizes and binds together all the resources of the nurse.
Holism is a view of each person as a unique and complex human being comprised of psychological, physiological, sociocultural, and spiritual components. Nurses consider the whole person in the context of the total environment.
Threads within the nursing courses represent the ambient factors that weave in and out of the program of studies producing the final tapestry of nursing knowledge and skills. They are continuous elements which are developed in an evolving way throughout the various courses. In each quarter the threads will be studied in either a distinct way or with gradually increasing complexity.
Critical thinking is disciplined, purposeful thinking in which one systematically and habitually imposes criteria such as relevance, accuracy, clarity, depth and breadth upon thinking. The learner develops traits such as integrity, humility, and open-mindedness, routinely asking him or herself questions about the thinking process. Critical thinking will yield a well-reasoned answer that acknowledges social and moral implications and will seek and identify strengths and limitations to one’s own position.
Communication is the verbal and non-verbal interchange of ideas, feelings, thoughts, and knowledge between individuals. Communication includes such methods as talking and listening; writing and reading; or expressive forms such as touch and other body movement. Thus, communication includes all the modalities by which one individual affects another. Communication shapes relationships between nurses and clients; nurses and support persons; and nurses and colleagues. Communication between the nurse and client is considered therapeutic communication when interactions are directed toward the greater well-being of the client.
Nursing process is a continuoussystematic problem-solving process by which nurses and clients determine the need for nursing care; plan and implement the care; and evaluate the results. In each step of the process, the nurse and client work together as partners, with the client’s health state and resources influencing the client’s level of participation. The nursing process enables the nurse to facilitate each client’s care scientifically, holistically, and creatively.
Therapeutic strategies are the methods used by the nurse to bring the client to a maximum level of wellness. The application of principles such as pharmacology, nutritional guidance, technical skills, and therapeutic communication represent therapeutic strategies.
Role development is an ongoing process of acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs inherent in the evolution of the professional nurse. Components of the role include manager, caregiver, clinical decision maker, client advocate, communicator, and teacher. The role also involves collaborating with other healthcare personnel, functioning within legal/ethical boundaries, and adapting to changes within the healthcare system. Developing an understanding of written and unwritten expectations held by members of the nursing profession is part of the process.
Health alterations are deviations from a health state that distort normal life processes and disrupt homeostasis. Alterations in human functioning, in an individual, may be affected by the environment, genetic constitution, age, sex, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, and/or lifestyle. The study of health alterations includes the elements of pathophysiology or psychopathology such as etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and implications for treatment.