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 lifelong 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 healthcare 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 lifelong 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 lifelong learning.

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

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.
 
The RN to BSN program is approved by the Vermont State Board of Nursing. The Vermont State Board of Nursing also recently provided provisional approval of our new four-year degree program 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.

Questions regarding accreditation can be addressed to Dr. Mary Botter, Chair of the Division of Nursing at SVC, at 802-447-6347.