The Nursing Department subscribes to the mission of Coe College, which is to provide students an education of superior quality that aims at preparing them for life following graduation. The Nursing Department is positioned within an environment that respects the individual, fosters diversity, promotes community, cultivates life-long learning, and makes excellence an imperative. The Nursing Department endeavors to prepare competent, compassionate healthcare professionals, distinguished by liberal arts education, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, safe patient care, and commitment to professionalism. Our BSN graduates will complete an educational program that prepares them to practice professional nursing in the complex and global society of the 21st century.
Excellence ~ Evidence Based ~ Professionalism ~ Caring ~ Student-centered Learning ~ Leadership
Excellence is obtaining the highest level of achievement in education and practice. It is founded on evidence-based practices leading to innovative teaching and a dynamic educational process that responds to changes in the health care needs of the community of interest. Achievement of excellence requires diligent and continual pursuit of professional knowledge and expertise, and a faculty whose expertise complements the mission and vision. Faculty endeavor to mentor and cultivate attitudes and skills necessary to think critically, use clinical reasoning, manage information and technology, write and communicate effectively, and assume accountability for independent decisions.
- Evidence Based
Professional nursing requires the use of evidence-based knowledge and skills in the provision of care and in collaboration with other disciplines. The program of study integrates and cultivates the use of reliable evidence from multiple ways of knowing to inform practice and make clinical judgments. The curriculum embodies the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) and the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2010).
The liberal arts and science courses assist students in developing essential values and attitudes, which are needed for being productive members of society. These characteristics as well as professional competencies are necessary for graduates to function appropriately in the various roles encompassed in the practice of professional nursing. Professionalism encompasses values and associated behaviors foundational to nursing and is based on ethical principles and standards of nursing education and practice. Professional integrity is modeled and mentored during the educational process and provides a foundation for practice that can be sustained for the duration of a nurse’s career. Integrity is firm adherence to a code of ethical and moral values and behaviors, a soundness of decision-making, honesty and accountability for actions based on an internally consistent framework of principles. Development of these values and behaviors is promoted through socialization into the profession.
Caring is the essence of holistic nursing across the lifespan, and is central to the practice of professional nursing. It is expressed in interpersonal relationships to promote the well-being of self and others. An interactive caring process focuses on the biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of human beings. Caring denotes respect, compassion, sensitivity, advocacy, and cultural competence. The program of study aims to develop an identity of self and nurse as inextricably bound and evolving within a complex, diverse world.
- Student-centered Learning
Student-centered learning focuses on students’ active involvement and participation in the educational process and provides the foundation for lifelong learning. Student-centered learning promotes a deeper form of learning and understanding than memorization of facts. Students are responsible for their learning and teachers are resources and facilitators of learning. Student-centered learning approaches engage the learner in active learning, such as collaborative/group activities, activities that promote intellectual discovery and creative problem-solving, activities that provide practice in learning skills, varying use of instructional strategies, and use of new technologies.
Leadership development is essential to fulfill the current and future demands of professional nursing. The program of study prepares professionals who will recognize unsafe and ineffective practices and lead collaborative efforts to improve safety and quality. A foundation for leadership is fostered through campus activities, role modeling, and application of leadership theory. The program of study encourages leadership of patient centered care throughout the curriculum, and continues to expand leadership knowledge and skill to enact quality improvement in healthcare agencies.