Associate of Applied Science: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

Nursing Program/Degree

Mission and Outcomes

Mission: The mission of the nursing program at Western Nevada College is to meet the nursing educational needs of the service area. The program prepares qualified students to function as entry-level registered nurses and transfer to higher degree programs. To accomplish this mission, the curriculum incorporates the National League for Nursing core components of nursing practice that are essential to the work of registered nurses. Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of health care settings, providing culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan. The nursing faculty supports graduate competency in an evolving and complex health care environment by facilitating the students' development of clinical judgment, promoting professional behaviors, and fostering lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in nursing will be expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to make competent nursing decisions to achieve best practice outcomes.
  • Communicate and document accurate information about patients in a concise and clear manner.
  • Utilize therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and their families.
  • Collaborate with patients, families and health care personnel to achieve positive patient outcomes.
  • Integrate research findings that guide (or lead to) best practice and quality improvement.
  • Apply the nursing process in a competent and caring manner to safely meet the holistic needs of patients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Provide care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within professional practice standards and the legal parameters of the profession
  • Apply concepts of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and respect for persons when working with all populations in the healthcare environment.
  • Provide and manage care through the efficient and effective use of human, physical, financial and technical resources to meet patient needs.
  • Demonstrate professional accountability through identification of self-learning needs and ongoing professional development.
  • Apply principles of teaching and learning to empower patients and families to effectively participate in healthcare decisions and health maintenance .

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