The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is consistent with the mission and goals of the program. The philosophy concentrates on the nature of the person, well-being and illness, environment and nursing. The nursing method is developed to provide patient-centered nursing care that meets the holistic needs of individuals of all ages in a variety of settings. It evolves around the quality of nursing practice and improves the independence of nursing by identifying its own autonomous functions.
The faculty strives to preserve an equally constructive rapport that values critical thinking. The faculty respects each student’s uniqueness regardless of culture, ethnicity, sexual identity, and socioeconomic status. Nursing is the formation of a healing, interactive practice that supports the individual’s basic needs. This profession requires creativeness, critical thinking, and knowledge in utilizing the nursing process. This involves assessment, analyzing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.
The faculty is dedicated in integrating a teaching approach that will ensure the awareness of students’ differences in cultural and ethnic backgrounds, learning styles, goals, and support systems. The faculty believes that knowledge is facilitated when students are actively involved in the learning process and assume responsibility for their own learning. The teacher provides an atmosphere beneficial to learning, along with enriching the learning experiences.
The student-learning process is a collective responsibility amongst faculty and students where faculty serves as facilitators of learning in the pursuit of successful educational goal attainment. The learning process is done in a problem based learning environment which incorporates constructivism. This fosters learning, considers the students’ needs, enables them to construct causal reports, reason efficiently, become self-directed learners, enhance problem solving and critical thinking while preserving a student-centered learning practice. This will empower students to be self-directed, leaders, peer-evaluators and to collaborate as part of a team.