Purpose and Philosophy
The purpose of Practical Nursing Education At Northeast Mississippi Community College is to provide a program of instruction which will prepare qualified graduates. These graduates will be able to provide quality care, become licensed and become active in civic and community affairs. By producing such graduates, this program will serve the purpose of providing the community college district with needed practical nursing services.
We believe that each person is an individual with worth, dignity and importance. Each individual has the right to search out their place in life. We feel each person should be viewed as an individual without regard to race, sex or religious belief.
We feel that before entering our program that the prospective student should be aware of their aptitudes and abilities, as well as, factors that would impair their abilities to function as a practical nurse. Basic education skills should be sufficient to allow the student to function within our program. The faculty believes education should be continuous and enjoyable.
We feel that learning is a personal matter. Learning is a process that occurs in a specific orderly manner. In a well planned program, learning should progress from less complex to more complex. Accumulated knowledge should allow the student to function effectively within the progressive framework of the curriculum.
Within our program students should gain information to allow them to function within stated roles and responsibilities in a specified length of time. Learning should change behavior, thus improving the ability of the student to function during the course and upon graduation from the course.
We believe that the student should accept responsibilities that are a part of this course of study. Attendance, punctuality, preparation for class and professional conduct are but a few of these responsibilities. Decision making must be learned and/or improved.
We believe that instructors should possess qualities of leadership. The instructional program should be well planned. The instructor should motivate the student to desire learning. We feel the instructor is the director of learning and should increase his/her knowledge, as well as, direct the student in learning.
We feel Practical Nursing Education should define the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse. The student will be given opportunities to function within these roles and responsibilities. Practical Nursing Education should provide the student with information and skills needed to succeed in this field of study. Practical Nursing Education should include the highest standards possible concerning honesty , reliability and understanding of the person. The program of study should emphasize the need for caring and concern in meeting daily living needs for individuals . The program should prepare a graduate who can work in various health care settings. The goal of graduates from this program should be the provision of excellent nursing care.
The Practical Nursing program should serve the purpose of preparing efficient, caring members of the health team. These members administer the highest quality of nursing within their roles and responsibilities. The need for practical nurses continues. Economically the practical nurse fills a job that serves health agencies in many areas. New areas of work are constantly being opened to the practical nurse. Without the practical nurse to give tender loving care the quality of patient care would decline.
The goal of primary nursing education should provide students with the opportunity to develop cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills sufficient to provide optimum care during health and illness. The program should emphasize the nursing process as a means whereby client needs are identified, care is planned, implemented and evaluated. Education within the health field should be continuous. We live in a rapidly changing world. Changes in health care are no exception. Nurses should seek to continue their development of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills to meet the new demands in nursing. All nurses, nursing educators , hospital administrators and others associated with health care should be aware of the functions of the various levels of nursing. All health care workers should have a threefold goal, knowing, caring and doing.
The instructor should provide opportunities for students to develop or improve self confidence. By choosing appropriate learning situations, the instructor should provide students with the opportunity to perform skills related to decision making and provision of nursing care.
The faculty feels that the curriculum within the program should be continuously evaluated. This continuous evaluation is necessary to provide current information concerning the nursing process and the care of persons during health and illness. Curriculum should provide for continuous and orderly learning. The curriculum should be designed to provide students with cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills that will enable them to function as a practical nurse.
We feel vocational education is important in providing knowledge and skills needed to perform specific vocations. Vocational education provides persons with limited time and finances the opportunity to learn a job or skill and thus become a useful , employed member of society. Vocational education should prepare the student to perform with high standards, thus, providing the general public with quality service.
We believe the practical nurse should be an active member of organizations which promote practical nursing. The practical nurse should be aware of civic responsibilities. The practical nurse should be willing to participate in patient care within their roles and responsibilities.