Nursing Program

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Nursing Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the nursing program of Rowan College at Burlington County is consistent with the mission of the college in its commitment to meet the educational needs of the community at large.  The program reflects the constantly changing patterns of healthcare delivery.

Nursing is a dynamic, systematic science and art based profession which is a unique body of evolving knowledge influenced by the behavioral, physical and social sciences. Nursing provides a holistic approach to patient needs. Therapeutic interactions are utilized to assist patients to promote their optimal health.

Professional nursing involves accountability for the diagnosis and treatment of actual and potential human responses throughout the lifespan. Nursing as a profession assists human beings in the management of these responses on a continuous basis to sustain life and health, recover from disease or injury, and/or die with dignity. Nursing focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration. Nursing assists in the development of healthy communities. Working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams, nurses ensures clients’ rights to actively participate in planning their health care.

Critical thinking, communication skills and caring are integral to the nursing process. A primary objective of the nursing program is to produce future nurses who have the knowledge skills and attitudes necessary to improve quality and safety in the healthcare setting while promoting an exceptional patient experience.

Every individual is a unique human being and has the ability to adapt to changing needs.  Humans exist within the contexts of the individual, family, group, community, nation and world. They have the capacity for self-knowledge, the ability to choose, think critically and assume responsibility for themselves and others. Individuals must meet needs to maintain homeostasis. Adaptation is the mechanism used to compensate for unmet or partially met needs.  Safety (the avoidance of harm), Security (protection from fear), Energy (required to meet basic physiologic needs), Sensory (the ability to send, perceive and receive stimuli), and Esteem (self-respect and positive recognition) are necessary for the well-being of each individual.

The environment is complex and dynamic and includes the physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, economic and political context of the world. The effects of the environment on the health of individuals are addressed by nursing. Individuals can promote, maintain, enhance and restore their health. Health is a dynamic state of fluctuation within the wellness-illness continuum.

Learning requires readiness of the learner to set and achieve goals.  The intent of this process is to acquire knowledge, skills and behavioral change through instruction, experience and interactions with the teacher and patient.

 Teaching facilitates the achievement of the academic goals of the learner through an innovative mix of methodologies.  Teaching strategies address the individualized needs of a diverse student population.  The goals to develop self-awareness, self-direction, critical thinking and accountability within the context of quality and safety in practice  is achieved through  methodologies that facilitate exchange of ideas, foster critical thinking, address individual learning styles and encourage mutual trust and respect.

Nursing education is a cooperative process to develop critical thinking and clinical judgment in the learner.  Nursing education helps to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and behaviors.  The structure of the nursing program includes faculty who facilitate students’ nursing knowledge progressing from simple to complex, chronic to acute, and general to specific. Students are assisted to take professional responsibility and actively participate in the learning process. Advancement of the profession is encouraged by the expectation that the graduate will take responsibility for continued professional growth guided by ethical and legal principles of the profession. 

The faculty also believes that concurrent education in the arts and humanities, as well as in the basic sciences, represents an essential element in providing the nursing student with an integrated body of knowledge.  This integrated body of knowledge is essential to a holistic approach to identify patient needs.  The nurse must have a broad knowledge base to intervene effectively in assisting patients to promote optimum health.

The graduate of the associate degree nursing program is educated to practice within the knowledge skills and attitudes to provide safe and quality nursing care.

The purpose of the Rowan College in Burlington County nursing program is to provide the graduate with the necessary theoretical and clinical experiences to practice in a variety of settings. Academic mobility is facilitated by the design of the curriculum and transferability of credits into baccalaureate degree programs.