The Nursing faculty accepts the vision, mission and core values of Cayuga Community College, and functions within this framework. We believe that
- Humans are unique, integrated beings possessing physical and psychosocial needs. They are continuously interacting with their environments, thereby influencing their level of wellness. They are entitled to respect for their preferences, values and needs.
- Health is a state in which humans experience physical and psychosocial well-being and are capable of meeting their needs. Illness is a state in which stressors adversely affect the human ability to meet needs. Health promotion is essential to an individual’s well-being.
- Education is a continuous, dynamic process of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development. It incites the formation of knowledge, skills and attitudes vital to effective self-direction and professional growth. The education process improves the learner’s ability to think critically, to reason and form judgments, and to assess, analyze and resolve problems. The learner is essential to the success of this process, and as such should be offered an opportunity to develop to his/her maximum potential. The nursing faculty and students develop a collaborative relationship to facilitate and evaluate learning. Nursing education is specifically designed to prepare a competent entry-level registered professional nurse.
- Learning effects change in the individual’s ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. It incorporates and builds upon previous knowledge and experience, proceeding from the simple to the complex. Motivation, self-direction and readiness to learn are necessary for these behavioral changes. Learning, through active participation, advances the individual to new levels of competence that will continue beyond graduation.
- Nursing is a therapeutic evidence-based practice, incorporating knowledge from nursing theory, nursing research, natural and behavioral sciences and humanities. An essential goal of nursing is to assist humans to achieve and/or maintain their optimal wellness or to experience a peaceful and dignified death. This is accomplished through the application of the nursing process to meet human needs, and requires interpersonal, technical and cognitive skills.
Nursing Program Outcomes
The Nursing program at Cayuga Community College seeks to achieve the following:
- Program Completion – Sixty-five percent (65%) of students admitted to the program will graduate within three years.
- Licensure Exam Performance – Graduates will meet the national average for first-time writers of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
- Graduate Program Satisfaction – Eighty percent (80%) of the surveys returned by graduates will indicate that they are satisfied with the education provided at Cayuga.
- Employment – Eighty percent of graduates actively seeking employment will be employed as Registered Nurses within six months of graduation.
- Employer Program Satisfaction – Eighty percent of the surveys returned by employers will indicate they are satisfied with the performance of Cayuga Nursing program graduates.
Upon completion of the Nursing program at Cayuga Community College, a graduate will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function in an entry-level position as a registered professional nurse. The Nursing graduate will:
- Practice within the legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the nursing profession, utilizing resources for continuous learning and self-development.
- Communicate effectively and therapeutically through verbal, non-verbal, written and other information technologies.
- Assess a client’s health status using information from multiple sources to establish a foundation for quality nursing care.
- Use knowledge, judgment, evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills to ensure safe clinical decisions.
- Provide caring and individualized interventions that meet the cultural, spiritual, physical and psychological needs of the client.
- Develop an individualized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
- Collaborate with health care team members to meet the client’s needs.
- Manage care for clients using the skills of prioritization, delegation and supervision in a cost-effective and quality-based manner.