College of Nursing Philosophy
Realigning the College of Health and Human Services provides an opportunity to create a new dimension within the University by establishing a College of Nursing. The establishment of a College of Nursing would allow expansion of location and development of a new curriculum. Programs will be developed at the bachelor’s level for students seeking a degree leading to registered nursing (RN) licensure, realignment of the current Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and revision of masters programs and development of new graduate specialties. The University has an opportunity to help meet the national shortage of working nurses and faculty by engaging in these endeavors.
(Note: the purpose, mission, vision, core values, and goals will be reviewed and approved with a faculty advisory board).
The College is dedicated to educational opportunities that embody the value of caring, excellence in practice, and leadership in the nursing profession.
The vision of the College of Nursing is to educate students in professional educational programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. This will be achieved through a concentrated delivery of programs in identified geographical locations that support the mission of the College and the University. Programs will focus on curriculum that will enhance student lives through continuous learning, professionalism, leadership, and clinical models to improve the health outcomes of the communities served.
The College of Nursing supports the mission of University of Phoenix and is committed to:
- Provide access to learning through a variety of modalities
- Develop curriculum that will disseminate nursing knowledge and skills
- Demonstrate excellence in nursing practice
- Demonstrate leadership through service to community and professional organizations
- Promote interdisciplinary collaborations and teamwork competencies in practice and research settings
- Demonstrate quality by maintaining programmatic accreditation through Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- Demonstrate quality indicators by incorporating American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) standards in curricula endeavors.
The vision of the College of Nursing will be actualized through core values.
Commitments of the College of Nursing:
Commitment to leadership: Become a recognized leader in nursing education:
- Be recognized for excellence in nursing education through innovative curriculum to meet the diversity of the nursing practice.
- Be acknowledged as a national leader of access to nursing education through innovative program delivery.
- Promote the preparation of nurses in a variety of workforce areas that contributes to health care of the public
Commitment to faculty: Build a diverse, sustainable, faculty-led college with the capacity to deliver our mission effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with our values.
- Continually seek out, engage, and be responsive to full- and part-time nurse faculty serving as educators and facilitators of our programs
- Promote continuous professional development opportunities for nursing faculty
- Build a diverse faculty through competitive salary and teaching opportunities
- Promote the continuous development of faculty as educator and scholars
- Promote evidence-based teaching practices that are critical to decision making of the programs and institution
Advancement of the Nursing Profession: Promote evidence-based nursing practice through education, research, on-going curriculum design and program development, and assessment
Assessment of Student Learning
Assessment is an ongoing process designed to monitor and improve student learning. A formal assessment process allows institutions to measure whether students actually know what they should know and can do what they should be able to do. This ensures that students are developing the knowledge, skills, and values appropriate to their professions.
Good assessment should measure what it intends to measure (creating validity) and it should facilitate consistent (or reliable) results that can be used to draw conclusions on overall student learning. Student learning in the College of Nursing is assessed in numerous ways, including tests, portfolios, simulated performances, and projects.
The assessment of student learning occurs at both the program and course levels. Individual faculty members assess student learning of course objectives, whereas the College of Nursing assesses student learning of program goals, which are based on accreditation standards.
Program Goals Assessment
Assessment of program goals is primarily concerned with the level of student learning upon program degree completion. CON staff (with the support of the Office of Learning Assessment and Department of Institutional Research) collects evidence to determine how well students are achieving the stated program goals. Assessing milestones throughout the program can also provide information on the progression of student learning. This information is used to make changes to the overall program curriculum and those assignments, which demonstrate the program goals.
Commitment to Student:
- Advocate for resources to support student achievement and success through adequate faculty, and physical resources (classroom, laboratory, technology) and staffing
- Secure appropriate and essential clinical placements through partnerships and contractual agreements
- Develop a state of the art laboratory environment to assist in student assessment of skills and knowledge
- Hold programmatic accreditation through CCNE
- Meets stated program mission, goals, and outcomes
- Foster continuing improvement process
- Pursue academic excellence through teaching/learning models, pedagogies, and practice including innovations in technologies.
- Engage in a programmatic self-evaluation process
The College Nursing has a strong online and local presence. The College’s conceptual framework focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are demonstrated by proficient and effective nursing and leadership skills. These concepts are incorporated into the College’s teaching and learning model, clinical experience, clinical assessment performance and clinical judgment skills. The College’s programs are designed to provide students with theoretical and practice knowledgebase that is integrated into student learning. Graduates serve as nursing leaders, advocate for individual, family, and community health. This is reflective of their professional livelong learning and commitment to professional practice.
The conceptual framework reflects the College’s mission to provide educational opportunities the embody the value of caring, excellence in practice, and leadership through the core values of professionalism, advocacy, collaboration, lifelong learning, and caring.
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