Nursing (A.A.S.)

Mission Statement

The Nursing department is an integral part of Hudson Valley Community College and subscribes to the Hudson Valley mission statement and objectives. This is evident in the philosophy, conceptual framework, program outcomes and graduate outcomes of the department. The Nursing department has responded to the needs of the community by providing graduates who provide direct care to patients and families with common health care needs in structured settings.

Conceptual Framework

The program of learning for the nursing program reflects a clear, organized structure which is derived from the philosophy. The following visual presentation illustrates the structure of our conceptual framework of stress adaptation. Placed in the center of this model is the primary focus of nursing: the person as a bio-psycho-socio-cultural being interacting with an intrapersonal, interpersonal, and social environment which requires adaptation. This interaction leads to periods of stress, immobility, loss, and crisis. Using the methodology of the nursing process, the nurse assists the person and family with adaptation.

Stress Adaptation

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Program Outcomes

The graduate will demonstrate critical thinking by using the nursing process.

The graduate will utilize communication techniques within a therapeutic relationship.

The graduate will demonstrate psychomotor and psycho-social therapeutic interventions directed at individuals, families, and communities.

The graduate will express satisfaction with the program of learning received at the Hudson Valley Community College.

The graduate will perform successfully on the National Council Licensing Examination.

The graduate will be successfully employed as a Registered Professional Nurse.

The graduate will be rated as competent by their employers.

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Graduate Outcomes

The faculty define graduate outcomes as a blend of both graduate behavioral goals and overall program goals. We believe that the Hudson Valley nursing graduate will:

  • Apply concepts from the arts, sciences and humanities to the science of nursing;

  • Use a problem solving/critical thinking approach by means of the nursing process to individualize patient care;

  • Use interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with patients, their families and/or significant others;

  • Perform safely as a technically competent nurse;

  • Practice nursing in such a manner that will respect the health problems, cultural diversity and the uniqueness of patients across the life span from various educational and economic backgrounds;

  • Utilize the ethical and legal principles within the practice of nursing;

  • Function as a member of interdisciplinary team within the health care delivery system; and

  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources to promote, maintain or restore the patient's optimal level of health.

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