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Nursing Program Philosophy and Outcomes

Program Philosophy

The nursing faculty accepts the vision, mission and core values of the institution and functions within its framework. We believe that:

  • Humans possess diverse, integrated, and individualized physical and psychosocial needs. They continuously interact with their environment influencing their level of wellness. All humans deserve respect for their preferences, values and needs.
  • Health is a lifelong process of change in which humans experience physical and psychosocial well-being. Illness impacts the ability to meet needs. Health promotion is essential to an individual's well-being, safety, and self-care management.
  • 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 nursing faculty and students develop a collaborative relationship to facilitate and evaluate learning. The learner is essential to the success of this process. Each learner is accountable and responsible in his or her knowledge and application of the art and science of nursing. Nursing education is designed to prepare a competent entry-level registered professional nurse.
  • Learning affects 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 the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Learning, through active participation, advances the individual to new levels of competence that will continue beyond graduation.
  • Nursing is a therapeutic process designed to meet the multiple dimensions of patient-centered care. An essential goal of nursing is to provide safe, quality, cost-effective care using evidence-based practice. Nursing provides assistance to humans to achieve and/or maintain their optimal wellness or to experience a peaceful and dignified death.

 

Nursing Program Outcomes

The Nursing program at Cayuga Community College seeks to achieve the following:

  1. Program Completion – Sixty-five percent (65%) of students admitted to the program will graduate within three years.
  2. Licensure Exam Performance – Graduates will meet the national average for first-time writers of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  3. Graduate Program Satisfaction – Eighty percent (80%) of the surveys returned by graduates will indicate that they are satisfied with the education provided at Cayuga.
  4. Employment – Eighty percent of graduates actively seeking employment will be employed as Registered Nurses within six months of graduation.
  5. Employer Program Satisfaction – Eighty percent of the surveys returned by employers will indicate they are satisfied with the performance of Cayuga Nursing program graduates.

 

Graduate Outcomes

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:

  1. Practice professional standards of registered professional nursing incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued self-development.
  2. Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
  3. Implement safe clinical judgments through the use of the nursing process and evidenced-based practice.
  4. Implement caring behaviors that incorporate patient-centered care, patient and family advocacy, and respect for individual diversity.
  5. Collaborate within interdisciplinary health care teams to improve patient health and organizational outcomes.
  6. Manage care for a group of patients and their families across the lifespan using basic leadership skills and quality improvement processes.
  7. Use patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe, quality, and cost efficient care in a variety of healthcare settings.