About Our Program

Mission Statement, Philosophy, and 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.


The mission of the Department of Nursing at Everett Community College is to prepare nurses to:

  • Provide compassionate, patient-centered care to individuals, families, and population groups across the developmental spectrum.
  •  Practice collaboratively with members of the healthcare team as providers of care, communicators, advocates


The Nursing Program operates within the framework provided by the strategic initiatives and core values of Everett Community College.  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 population 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.

Human beings are unique and dynamic, functioning in an integrated way to meet perceived needs.  People interact within the frameworks of family, community, and culture, growing and developing as individuals within an ever changing social system that influences 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 variable:   genetic, developmental, environmental, social, cultural, economic, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual.  Respect for the rights of individuals to make personal health choices is implicit.

Nursing is a dynamic, interactive process wherein each individual is viewed holistically.  The central theme of caring provides the framework for interaction with individuals that reflects the development of the nurse-patient relationship.  Nursing includes purposeful interventions, based upon specialized skills, drawn from the theories and knowledge from various disciplines.

There are commonalties upon which all nursing education is based.  Scientific knowledge, technological, and social 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.

Associate Degree nursing graduates enter practice with the capabilities to individualize and manage care for groups of patients while 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 research to guide their practice.

Foundations of the Nursing Program of Learning

The foundations of the nursing curriculum provide the structure for determining inclusiveness and direction for the program of study.

Conceptual Themes

Conceptual themes provide the broad foundation upon which the nursing courses are built.  The themes represent the faculty’s vision of nursing and our approach toward nursing practice.  These themes represent faculty values and an assumption that nurses who are prepared in this program will integrate them into their future practice.

Patient centered care is a commitment, by the nurse, to listen, inform, respect and be involved with each individual in making decisions regarding their care.  Therefore, nurses must consider the patient’s cultural traditions, personal preferences, values, familial situations, social circumstances, and lifestyle in aiding the patient to make decisions.  Patient-centered care assists the patient to assume increasing responsibility for defining and maintaining health or moving toward a dignified death.

Human diversity is an awareness of and sensitivity to any human’s unique cultural and/or societal beliefs and practices.  Concern for diversity is expressed by caring for patients in a way that matches their perceptions of health.

Health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being.  It is dynamic, adaptive, and responsive to both internal and external variables.  Health is influenced by the personal values and behaviors of the individual.

Wellness is a personal philosophy dedicated to achieving a higher level of functioning in life.  Wellness is more than the absence of illness.  It is an appreciation for 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 individuals’ 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 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 contributes to the perception of a safe environment and is an integrative force that organizes and binds together all the resources of the nurse.

Holism is a view of each individual as a unique and complex human being comprised of physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual components.  Nurses consider the whole person in the context of the total environment.


Threads within our courses represent the ambient factors that weave in and out of the program of study producing the final tapestry of nursing knowledge and skills.  They are continuous elements that are developed in an evolving way throughout the various courses.  In each course set the threads are studied in a distinct way with gradually increasing complexity throughout the curriculum.

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, continually asking questions regarding the process.  Critical thinking yields a well-reasoned answer that acknowledges social and moral implications and will seek to identify the strengths and limitations to one’s own position.

Communication is the verbal and non-verbal exchange of ideas, feelings, thoughts, and knowledge between individuals.  Communications includes such methods as talking and listening; writing and reading; or expressive forms such as touch and other body movements.  Thus, communication included all the modalities by which one individual affects another.  Communication serves as a catalyst for shaping relationships in all interactions in which the nurse engages.  Communication between the nurse and patient is considered therapeutic when interactions are directed toward achieving optimum outcomes for the patient.

Nursing process is a continuous systematic problem-solving process by which nurses and clients determine the needs for nursing care; plan and implement the care; and evaluate the results.  In each step of the process, the nurse and patient work together as partners with the patient’s health state and resources influencing the client’s level of participation.  The nursing process enables the nurse to facilitate each patient’s care scientifically, holistically, and creatively.

Evidence-based practice involves the utilization of research findings to guide the selection and implementation of therapeutic strategies designed to bring the individual to a state of optimum health.  These strategies involve the application of pharmacological management, nutritional guidance, application of technological skill, and the use of therapeutic communication.

Professional role development is an ongoing process of acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs inherent in nursing practice.  At the core of professional development is the nursing self-concept that considers the nurse’s psychological, intellectual, physical, and cultural self upon others.  Important qualities of the nurse are:

• An ethical disposition
• A commitment to practice competently and safely
• Integrity in relationships with others
• Collaboration with others in the healthcare environment
• Functioning with legal boundaries of the role
• Adapting to change within the healthcare system

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, genetics, age, sex, sociocultural background, and lifestyle.  The study of health alterations includes the elements of pathophysiology or psychopathology such as etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and implications for treatment.