Mission, Philosophy, Outcomes and Accreditation

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SVC Division of Nursing Mission

The purpose/mission of the Division of Nursing (DON), in accordance with the mission of Southern Vermont College, provides a transformative learning environment which prepares the graduate as a life-long learner able to provide quality nursing care. The SVC graduate is prepared with the skills and abilities to serve as full partner in the redesign and advancement of health care (IOM, 2010) and to affect environment and other determinants of health on individuals and populations. The Division of Nursing offers two academic nursing programs: the pre-licensure four-year baccalaureate in Nursing and the RN completion program for the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Degree.

SVC DON Philosophy of Nursing Education

The Southern Vermont College Division of Nursing (DON), as an integral part of its parent institution, is dedicated to the pursuit of a liberal education in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The philosophy and curricular focus of the SVC DON emphasizes active learning, exploration, empowerment, citizenship, personalized learning, and environmental sensibility. The Division of Nursing believes that teaching and learning is a collaborative process which fosters responsibility, accountability, inquiry, dialogue, self-knowledge, and critical thinking in a caring environment. The expectation is that graduates are capable of fulfilling their inherent potential both personally and professionally, through the educative process and becoming lifelong learners.

The conceptual framework for the curriculum is based on the concepts of the nursing process applied to individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The concepts are developed within the content structure of a liberal education for the Baccalaureate generalist nursing practice, basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care and patient safety, scholarship for evidence-based practice, information management and application of patient care technology, health care policy, finance, and regulatory environment, inter-professional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes, clinical prevention and population health, professionalism and professional values, and baccalaureate generalist nursing practice (AACN, 2008).

The nursing faculty members value the prominence and importance nursing holds in providing health care to communities. Values identified as essential within the nursing profession include caring, critical thinking, ethical behavior, and a commitment to evidence-based practice. The essence of nursing is grounded in the meaning of caring. The nursing faculty believes that caring exists in authentic relationships through which all persons are respected and nurtured. Within these co-created relationships, caring opens the possibility of transformation, inviting growth, healing, and wholeness of persons, families, and communities. Through service-learning experiences, students are given the opportunity to develop a sense of community and commitment of service to others, which the Nursing Faculty believes is the foundation of all nursing practice.

The nursing faculty believes nursing is a professional discipline with academic and practice dimensions. The nursing faculty values scholarship and academic integrity and seeks to foster professional involvement and life-long learning in students and graduates. In the reflective practice of nursing and nursing education, a caring environment affirms diversity in ways of being and ways of knowing.

Outcomes (for those graduating after May 2014)

By the completion of the program, the baccalaureate graduate of the SVC Division of Nursing is expected to meet the SVC DON Terminal Student Learning Outcomes for baccalaureate programming. By completion of the program the baccalaureate graduate is able to:

1. Integrate concepts of nursing, the humanities, and the social, biological, and physical sciences to build an understanding of the diverse human experience.

2. Utilize quality improvement concepts, processes, and outcome measures to promote health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and organizations. 

3. Integrate the current evidence base to identify practice issues in order to improve patient outcomes according to the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.

4. Utilize informatics and patient-care technologies to gather evidence to support quality and safety in nursing practice.

5. Utilize healthcare policy, finance, and the regulatory environment to advocate for individuals, families, communities and organizations.

6. Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary team to provide coordinated compassionate patient-centered care.

7. Analyze major determinants of population health to promote and advocate for social justice, culturally-appropriate health promotion, and the elimination of health disparities. 

8. Demonstrate professional accountability, empowerment, and commitment to life-long learning.

9. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, decision making and communication in the use of the nursing process with individuals, families, communities, and organizations. 

RN to BSN Outcomes (for those graduating in May 2014 or before)

1.     Conduct comprehensive health assessments on individuals and communities across the health and illness continuum.

2.    Uses a holistic approach to prioritize nursing diagnosis for health promotion and disease prevention.

3.    Uses the nursing process to promote health outcomes for vulnerable patient populations in a variety of healthcare settings.

4.    Creates a plan for health promotion and disease prevention of individuals and communities.

5.    Demonstrates clinical reasoning in the implementation of holistic plans to address simple and complex health situations.

6.    Revises therapeutic nursing plans of care for individuals, families, groups and communities to attain optimal outcomes.

7.    Functions as a member of the profession by consistently demonstrating accountability and leadership according to the legal and ethical standards of the profession.

8.    Values the role of professional continuous engagement in lifelong learning.

9.    Revises nursing practice standards to ensure integration of current evidence base.

10.    Advocates for high-quality nursing care for patients, families and communities across the lifespan through participation in nursing and healthcare policy development at the institutional level.

11.    Utilizes effective written, verbal and electronic communication across environments of care.

12.    Functions as a nursing leader in clinical and professional nursing care delivery settings.

13.    Collaborates with all members of the inter-professional healthcare team in the delivery of care.

14.    Articulates a philosophy of nursing practice consistent with professional standards and values.

15.    Implements fiscally responsible plans of care in all health settings.

16.    Serves as a leader in the implementation of safe and effective care.

program outcomes for associate degree in nursing program

1.    Demonstrate psychomotor and health assessment skills in structured, healthcare settings.

2.    Analyze assessment data to formulate and prioritize nursing diagnosis for patients and families across the lifespan.

3.    Use the nursing process to promote health outcomes for individuals and families throughout the lifespan in structured healthcare settings.

4.    Integrate concepts of nursing, the humanities and the social, biological and physical sciences when planning nursing care for individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

5.    Demonstrate cultural competency through coordination and implementation of, therapeutic nursing interventions for individuals and families.

6.    Consistently evaluates therapeutic nursing plan of care for individuals, families, groups and communities to attain optimal outcomes.  

7.    Demonstrate behaviors of professionalism, accountability, and leadership according to the legal and ethical standards of the profession.

8.    Participates in reflective and professional development activities that promote and improve nursing care.

9.    Implement evidence-based research into nursing practice.

10.    Applies principles of teaching and learning to promote quality healthcare for individuals and their families.

11.    Utilize effective written, verbal, and electronic communication techniques with individuals and families as well as members of the healthcare team to improve quality patient outcomes.

12.    Demonstrates leadership in the delivery of professional nursing care for individuals and families.

13.    Utilizes effective written, verbal and electronic communication techniques with individuals and families as well as members of the healthcare team to improve quality patient outcomes.

14.    Demonstrate behaviors of professionalism, accountability, and leadership according to the legal and ethical standards of the profession.

15.    Participates in reflective and professional development activities that promote and improve nursing care.

16.    Applies principles of teaching and learning to promote fiscally responsible and quality healthcare for individuals and their families.

17.    Demonstrates cultural competency through coordination and implementation of environmentally safe, therapeutic nursing interventions for individuals and families.

Qualifications of Preceptors:

The preceptor must hold a valid, unencumbered license to practice in the state where clinical activity is occurring. In addition, the preceptor must hold a BSN degree at minimum and have at least two years of experience as a registered nurse in the area related to the course outcomes.

Accreditation

Southern Vermont College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
 
Our nursing programs are approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing which allows our graduates to sit for the national nursing licensing exam. The Southern Vermont College Associate Degree in Nursing Program and the RN to BSN in Nursing are accredited in warning status through May 2014 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) – formerly known as the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. Questions regarding accreditation can be addressed to Dr. Bobbe Ann Gray, Interim Chair of Nursing at SVC at 802-447-6347 or the ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; by telephone at 404-975-5000, or atwww.acenursing.org.[CM1]
 
The Vermont State Board of Nursing also recently provided provisional approval of our new four-year degree leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing which also allows our students to complete the National Council Licensure Examination for a nursing license. SVC is pursuing accreditation for the BSN from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE will be on campus in October 2014 to provide the necessary site visit for this and our new RN to BSN completion program. Once that is concluded positively both programs will be accredited retroactively to September 2013.