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About Nursing

In response to area needs, the Associate Degree Nursing Program was developed in 1973 and has since graduated more than 1,600 nurses. Full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON: 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217, 478. 207. 1640) has been maintained since the program began. Full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)(3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000) has been maintained since it was first sought in 1974.

The nursing faculty of Gordon State College's Division of Nursing and Health Sciences has developed a philosophy and student learning outcomes that are consistent with the Mission of Gordon State College. The faculty supports this mission by facilitating students' growth throughout their educational journey into professional nursing and beyond by preparing them to make decisions that enhance professional growth.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing is to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills required as professional nurses to competently and holistically meet individual, family, and community needs in a variety of settings; assume increasing responsibilities across a continuum of care; make critical decisions based on sound nursing judgment, and assume leadership roles in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.  

Vision Statement

The vision of the School of Nursing is to become one of Georgia’s regional leaders in the education of professional nurses.

Philosophy

Nursing is an art and a science. The art of nursing is reflected when individuals are viewed as unique beings, inseparable from and in constant interaction with the environment. The science of nursing is the practice of safe quality patient-centered care using evidence-based practice as a foundation to promote health and positive patient outcomes that will facilitate ongoing growth as human beings. Professional nurses participate and examine research to develop critical nursing judgment and demonstrate leadership within the healthcare team.  Central to the essence of nursing is caring which facilitates optimal human functioning through promoting, maintaining, and restoring health and preventing illness.

The School of Nursing will prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to professional nursing and ongoing education that cultivates the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize knowledge in order to provide care for individuals, families, and communities. 

Faculty Beliefs and Foundations

The nursing faculty believes that our fundamental commitment is to foster a learning community of excellence that promotes and values interdisciplinary collaboration, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, patient safety, quality healthcare, and the use of evidence-based practice in diverse settings. In addition graduates of the school of nursing should be able to integrate professional development, research, health promotion, community health, leadership skills and professional values into nursing practice within a global learning community.  This commitment of excellence stems from the faculty adoption and integration of the following entities: (a) NLN core values, (b) NLN’s competencies for nursing, (c) Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute and (d) the Institute of Medicine recommendations for nursing education.  APA Citation for these references.

Individuals

Fundamental to an effective learning process is the recognition that each individual approaches learning with a unique background of formal and experiential knowledge. Students represent a diverse range of ages, cultures, socioeconomic and ethnic characteristics that are reflective of the larger community. The faculty is committed to creating an environment in which diversity is embraced as a source of strength, critical thinking is fostered, and life experience is valued. 

Education and Instruction

The nursing faculty subscribes to the fact that nursing education is a dynamic, interactive process best accomplished in an environment that fosters growth by nurturing, engaging, and challenging both student and faculty. Active learning strategies are created to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competencies to enhance the transition into professional nursing. These strategies foster the development of a professional identity through critical thought, inquiry, self-awareness, communication, advocacy, and empowerment. These strategies are incorporated into the nursing curriculum by use of classroom interactions, computer activities, clinical simulation,  acute care experiences, and through the development of professional relationships, which assist students to achieve educational outcomes and develop a spirit of inquiry. In an ever-evolving healthcare community, faculty is required to revise and adapt teaching strategies to accommodate current and emerging concepts applicable to diverse students and healthcare systems. Along with evidence-based practice and informatics, faculty must also emphasize the importance of professional involvement by incorporating political advocacy, leadership, end-of-life care, and the need for life-long learning into the curriculum.  

The Practice of the Associate Degree Graduate

Nursing practice centers on the health care needs of individuals, families, and groups in many diverse settings guided by ethical and legal standards of practice. The nurse, as an essential member of the inter-professional team, incorporates sound nursing judgment to ensure the provision of safe and competent care for patients across the lifespan. In addition to providing care, the nurse acts as an advocate for changes in healthcare policy, outcome driven care, and health care access for all individuals. The Gordon State College nursing student is prepared for practice through active learning strategies in diverse healthcare settings, which enhance the student’s understanding of continuity of care in meeting individual, family, and community needs. Graduates of the School of Nursing recognize their professional commitment to improving healthcare delivery and quality of care through the analysis of current practice trends, discovery of new knowledge, and offering new insights to facilitate change.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the associate degree nurse:

A.   Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients, families, and communities to provide culturally competent and holistic care across the lifespan with the goal of facilitating self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.

B.   Nursing Judgment: Make critical judgments in practice substantiated by the nursing process and evidence-based practice to provide safe quality patient-centered care in diverse healthcare settings.

C.   Professional Identity: Practices within legal and ethical standards through communication, collaboration, and teamwork to effectively foster the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, as well as inter-professional relationships.

D.   Spirit of Inquiry: Acculturate lifelong learning practices that promote the examination of evidence that offers new insights to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients, families, and communities.