The philosophy of the ADN program supports the mission of GCC. The following statements indicate the beliefs of the nursing faculty about:
Concept of Nursing
The faculty views nursing as an art and a science. The art of nursing is the expression of nurturing, caring, and comforting. The science is the application of relevant theory, practice, and principles. The nurse uses professional communication to integrate the application of knowledge and the maintenance of individuality and culture in providing services to individuals and families.
Persons are physical, intellectual and spiritual beings. The faculty teaches this holistic approach to the person throughout the curriculum. Nursing courses emphasize assessment of individuals and their potential for growth. Liberal arts courses and the biological sciences provide the student with a foundation to understand the dimensions of the individual.
Environment includes internal and external elements that affect the individual. Nursing focuses on the person(s) in relation to their total environment. There is constant interaction between internal and external environments; it is impossible to separate the person from the environment.
Health and illness are dynamic and ever changing throughout the lifespan. They are separate but co-existing, represented along a continuous line called the health-illness continuum. This continuum spans high-level wellness, common health problems, and severe illness and death.
Concept of Nursing Education
We support the GCC Principles of Education in that we value the process of learning as much as the knowledge gained. Nursing education is a life-long learning process which continually provides for the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and attitudes. The faculty affirms the individuality of our students, the complexity of their life experiences, and their ability to actively participate in the learning process. We believe that each encounter with students in the learning environment should engage compassion and concern. (reviewed 5/08)
Rationale of the Teaching/Learning Process
The following learning principles are primarily utilized by the faculty:
- Content is presented from the simple to the complex
- Learning occurs best when frequent and appropriate feedback is provided
- Learning from reading, lectures, and clinical conferences is best retained when clinical application occurs immediately after theory is presented
- Skills are best developed through repetitive practice
- Individual learner needs must be taken into consideration
- Critical thinking skills are essential.
The faculty is responsible for providing a learning environment where there is a free exchange of ideas within a framework of clearly defined learning objectives, and a specific body of knowledge essential to nursing practice. Students have frequent opportunities to evaluate course management, teaching strategies, and clinical resources. Students are expected to participate actively in the learning process. The college provides support services and referrals so that students may adapt to changes at school or at home to reach their objectives, whether professional, educational, personal, social, or economic. (revised 5/08)
Role of the Associate Degree Graduate
The faculty believes that Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) education combines general and technical educational courses to prepare nurses to provide patient/client care in variious health care and community settings. Associate degree nurses deal with common responses to changes in health status. The nursing curriculum prepares associate degree nurses to utilize the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate individual responses to changes in health status within the scope of their responsibility and educational preparation. The ADN graduate is eligible to become a licensed registered nurse whose scope of practice includes roles as a provider of care, a manager of care and a member of the discipline of nursing. The ADN is accountable for their own professional practice and for assigning, delegating, and supervising care to peers, licensed practical nurses, and ancillary nursing personnel. In settings where there are baccalaureate and graduate degree nurses practicing, ADN graduates need to recognize the wider scope of practice and deeper breath of knowledge commensurate with that educational preparation. The Greenfield Community College graduate understands that completion of the program represents the beginning of an ongoing process of continuing education and personal development. (revised 5/08)