The Associate Degree Nursing Program is committed to excellence and innovation in advancing the art and science of nursing through integration of knowledge, caring, interpersonal interactions, leadership, and use of technology. The faculty provides high quality, learner-centered education which prepares graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams to meet the health needs of diverse populations.
Human beings are diverse individuals, possessed of dignity and worth, who have the potential to grow and develop throughout the lifespan. These individuals influence and are influenced by families, communities, and society. They have the right and responsibility to be involved in decisions that affect their lives.
Health is the state of optimal functioning or wellness achieved through a balance in life processes. It is influenced by internal and external forces that create movement along the wellness-illness continuum.
“Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups, and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, care of the ill, disabled and dying. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles.”(International Council of Nurses, 2013).
Nursing is a caring profession that focuses on patient-centered care with respect for the diversity of the human experience. Nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes integrate concepts from nursing, biological, and social sciences for evidence-based practice in complex and evolving environments.
The Sinclair nursing faculty regards the Associate Degree as an appropriate level of entry into Registered Nursing practice. The Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) uses clinical reasoning to assist patient/families to achieve outcomes related to health promotion, recovery from acute illness, chronic illness management, and end of life care. Associate Degree Nurses use technology and information management systems in collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary team to provide quality healthcare. The ADN is prepared as a professional to act with integrity within a legal and ethical framework guided by accepted standards of practice.
Nursing education is a learning process with faculty members as facilitators in partnership with learners, who are unique individuals responsible for their own choices. The faculty perceives learning as an active and continuous process that builds on previous knowledge and is designed to move the learner toward achievement of outcomes. The community college setting provides the general education component which complements nursing courses and provides the opportunity for personal enrichment. Learning is facilitated through integrative thinking that establishes connections between concepts through application in a variety of experiences. Nursing education supports the pursuit of excellence through promotion of life-long learning, seamless transition to higher degree programs, and continuous professional growth.
A component of the teaching/learning process is the assessment of outcomes, a shared student/faculty responsibility. Assessment, like learning, takes place in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Student competencies are assessed using a variety of standardized criteria for classroom and clinical performance to measure progress toward course and end of program outcomes. Individual courses are assessed through course feedback tools. Through the use of these evaluations, individual student achievement and program effectiveness are appraised and validated. Assessment is valued for its use to guide and improve teaching/learning, curriculum, and the nursing program.