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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Associate degree nursing program is to prepare program graduates to practice with the highest integrity, while employing critical and creative thinking skills toward the care of persons from all backgrounds embodying the creed of “excellence on purpose.” The program is grounded in Christian principles and leadership through service.


The goals of the Associate Degree Nursing Program are to: 

  • Prepare nurses to deliver patient-centered care in multiple settings to diverse people.
  • Integrate teamwork and collaboration with the aim of improving patient outcomes.
  • Engage learners in recognition of the purpose and application of evidence based nursing practice
  • Develop graduates who engage in quality improvement.
  • Nurture practice development in a safe environment, and patient safety by emphasis on personal responsibility and compliance. 
  • Familiarize students with technologically current techniques to enhance learning, promote patient safety, and maintain effective communication in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. 


  • To utilize nursing process and critical thinking to make clinical judgements in nursing practice while integrating nursing science.
  • To provide high quality, safe, evidence-based nursing care to promote health to all clients and populations.
  • To advocate for patients and families in ways that promote growth as diverse human beings.
  • To work collaboratively with other health professions and the client to develop an evidence-based nursing plan of care.
  • To apply advanced communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.


The vision of the Nursing program is that the faculty, focusing on the application of clinical reasoning, research, evidence-based practice, collaboration and leadership skills, produces graduates that are prepared to become leaders in the nursing profession in a variety of settings including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health service organizations, community health care settings, long-term care and rehabilitative settings, research centers, case management and political / legislative settings.


The core values of the Nursing program are caring, diversity, integrity, leadership, collaboration, respect, and excellence. The values are defined as follows: 

  • Caring-offering of self (intellectual, psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects one possesses as human beings) to attain a goal. In nursing the goal is to facilitate and enhance the patient’s ability to do and decide for themselves
  • Diversity-embraces not only ethnic groups and people of color, but also other marginal or vulnerable people in society. Response to diversity is the nurse’s ability to recognize, appreciate, and incorporate differences (individuality, spiritual, cultural, ethnicity, family configurations, values, socioeconomic status, beliefs) into provisions of care
  • Integrity-acting in accordance with appropriate professional code of ethics and accepted standards of practice
  • Leadership- seen as a role of influence, not just as a position of authority.  Leadership is the development of skills that allow the leader to coordinate, guide and direct groups through transformational approach-emphasizing a positive work environment, using change effectively, rewarding staff for expertise and performance, and development of staff awareness 
  • Collaboration- interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary effort among health care providers, patients and families, in which there is mutual trust and understanding that each partner contributes to the relationship  toward  achieving optimal, realistic goals 
  • Respect for students as autonomous adult learners
  • Excellence-develops nursing workforce that surpasses ordinary standards of care