Philosophy of the Nursing Program
The following statements reflect the beliefs of the faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing Program of Virginia Western Community College:
- Is an applied discipline that requires continuing study and practice of five core competencies:
- Professional Behavior, Nursing Process, Nursing Interventions, Knowledge, and Communication.
- Integrates principles from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and other health care disciplines.
- Should be located in an institution of higher education.
- May be built upon a foundation that begins at the Associate Degree level.
- Is a two-way process involving both teaching and learning.
- Ideally continues throughout the professional life of the nurse.
- Prepares for entry level practice for nursing.
- Assists the learner to change behavior in a goal-directed manner.
- Includes the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values as evidenced by changes in the behavior of the learners.
- Is highly individualized and proceeds at varying rates.
- Support the core competencies for nursing adapted by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) (2013) from the PEW Commission (1998).
- Prepare students to care for individuals and their families in a variety of settings within the framework of the interdisciplinary team.
- Act as resource persons who guide and facilitate the learning process.
- Adapt their involvement in the teaching-learning process to the needs of the individual learner.
- Are individuals who have the primary responsibility for learning.
- Must be active in the learning process to achieve optimal learning.
- Utilize an active critical thinking process which integrates theory, concepts and knowledge application for sound clinical decision-making.
- Is accountable personally, professionally, ethically, and legally.
- Interacts with other disciplines to meet the health needs of the individual.
- Assists the individual to independently perform activities that contribute to the maintenance, promotion, and restoration of health, or to a peaceful death.
- Is aware of the dynamic cultural and spiritual diversity of individuals across the life span and how this diversity impacts the individual’s health care needs.
- Is a contributing citizen of society.
- Applies critical thinking by using the nursing process and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as frameworks for nursing practice.
- Serves as an advocate for the client, family, and the community.
- Develops a continued awareness of trends in the delivery of health care.
- Delivers safe competent care.
- Is a rational, self-directed, biopsychosocial being.
- Evolves from a complex and diverse background.
- Is unique.
- Strives to meet human needs that are common to all.
- Is a member of a family and a community.
- Has the inherent ability for independence and decision-making.
- Has dignity and is worthy of respect.
- The atmosphere or milieu, or conditions in which an individual lives, works or plays.
- An experience that is often expressed in terms of wellness and illness. and may occur in the presence or absence of disease or injury.