Welcome from the Defiance College Nursing Faculty
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree completion program is a two-track program developed to serve the community and the region with baccalaureate-prepared nurses. The first track is a 1+2+1 program in partnership with Northwest State Community College, and the second track is for registered nurses who wish to pursue their BSN. Both offer expanded career options for persons in the nursing field by combining technical aspects of nursing with leadership skills necessary in today’s dynamic health care environment. Students will develop critical thinking and decision making skills to function effectively in interpersonal and group settings. Graduates will be prepared to understand and respond to the changing healthcare needs of individuals and communities.
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Nursing Student Handbook
Nursing Program Petition Form
Nursing Student Complaint Form
The Defiance College Nursing Program has received authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Northwest State Community College is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. (NLN contact: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, 1-404-975-5000).
The mission of the Defiance College Nursing Program is to expand the registered nurses intellectual inquiry of evidence-based nursing practice through education, scholarship, and service.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Develop caring professional values within a legal and ethical framework of nursing practice.
- Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and nursing curriculum to become a provider of care in a safe environment.
- Practice as a nurse generalist within the framework of diversity.
- Integrate technology into professional nursing practice.
- Incorporate effective communication principles to produce positive professional relationships.
- Establish a foundation for lifelong learning and nursing scholarship.
- Integrate community nursing concepts as a coordinator of care utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking.
- Apply nursing research and scientific inquiry to fulfill the leadership role of a nursing professional
The conceptual framework supports the curriculum through the integration of ten key concepts (foundation elements) derived from the four core values: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve. The core values and key concepts are supported by a foundation of continuous involved inquiry. The core values provide the structure for curricular assessment while the key concepts further delineate program outcomes. Both the values and concepts show interrelatedness and are best understood through further explanation of each.
We believe that the liberal arts form a broad basis for all learning. We affirm that academic excellence
demands a committed search for truth, competency in research and other problem- solving methods, the ability to synthesize knowledge from many sources, and a capacity for self-directed learning.
Problem-Solving - Problem-solving provides the professional nurse with the foundation to critically question, analyze, and solve problems within the healthcare delivery and in the broader realm. It allows the novice and the experienced nurse to utilize knowledge, selectively process, and synthesize information to support the delivery of quality healthcare.
Research - The theoretical basis of nursing is firmly rooted in the arts and sciences. As a professional discipline, nursing engages students in liberal arts and scientific inquiry for the understanding of health and healing for all persons. As a science, nursing research provides the foundation of conscientious and judicious healthcare decisions. As a professional nurse, understanding research and using the evidence in practice supports the care of individuals, which is essential for providing the highest quality of care.
Self-Directed Learner - As a self directed learner, the professional nurse is empowered to take more responsibility and educational development. Healthcare is a dynamic environment and professional nurses must seek to grow and develop to provide quality patient care. Self-direction paves the way for life-long learners to participate in new situations. Based on theory and evidence-based research, self-directed nurses must continue to learn and add to the existing body of nursing and healthcare knowledge.
We provide opportunities for students to perceive and make connections between the intellectual realm and the world. We strive to develop awareness and of sensitivity to global interdependence and diverse cultures.
Global Awareness - Cultural competency is essential for the professional nurse who will work with diverse population groups. The goal of the RN-BSN completion program is to educate the professional nurse to be a responsible global citizen who engages in, and supports others, in an effort to alleviate human suffering at the local, national and global level. The professional nurse must understand the differences between differing cultures and provide the best care possible within the constraints of the healthcare system.
Technology - As the technology-driven healthcare system continues to proliferate, the professional nurse must develop an appreciation for its application and impact in the clinical arena. In order to be a part of a competent workforce, nurses must have the knowledge and skills to provide safe, efficient and quality driven healthcare through the use of technology. Technology will play a large role as the conduit to patient care in the twenty-first century. As a result, it is imperative that the professional nurse is equipped in its use so that information can be retrieved, analyzed, and evaluated rapidly. The healthcare of the twenty-first century demands personalized, efficient and quality care. The professional nurse must be adept at using his/her cognitive skills together with their technical skills to make sound decisions that affect quality patient care.
Communication - An integral part of the nurse-patient interaction is communication. The professional nurse must be sensitive to and understand the needs of diverse populations in order to develop a caring relationship with the patient. Since communication is both verbal and nonverbal, the nurse must analyze and evaluate the congruency of the communication. The nurse must know when to actively listen and when to ask questions to clarify the information received. Based on the communication, the nurse must develop a plan of action to provide the highest quality care for the patient. A quality interaction is achieved when a sense of satisfaction and/or positive outcome is attained between the nurse and patient.
We are committed to the betterment of the community, the nation, and the world through the development of leadership skills and abilities. We create opportunities for students to initiate and facilitate beneficial action within and outside the classroom, and to encourage self-reflection in the role of dedicated leader.
Professionalism - Professionalism is an essential component of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. As such, then faculty is committed to cultivating educational experiences that center on the professional values of altruism, independence, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. It is expected the professional nurse will embrace the uniqueness of nursing’s various roles and utilize the knowledge of research, leadership principles, autonomy, self-regulation, moral code, and service to others in order to advance the practice of nursing.
Leadership - For the professional nurse, leadership begins at the bedside in the clinical setting where evidence-based practice empowers the nurse. At lower rungs of the career ladder, the professional nurse often makes suggestions about scheduling and conducts in-service training for others. As nurses advance up the career ladder, they lead others in the leader-follower scenario. Nurse leaders pave the way for others to deliver quality patient care. In transformational leadership, professional nurse leaders assess situations and implement changes as needed. Nurses must rise to leadership positions in healthcare to advance the art and science of nursing.
We encourage our students to be of service to their fellow students, their chosen fields of study, their communities and the world. We provide opportunities for students to transform society through civic engagement along with application of their knowledge and their understanding of service.
Service Engagement - The professional nurse will learn to understand, appreciate, and have the skills to interact with other cultures. The professional nursing student will be a part of the culture at Defiance College where there is a strong foundation for educating citizens for lives of service and leadership. The nurse will actively engage in service learning and provide care to diverse populations.
Pathfinders - The professional nurse will grow beyond boundaries. As a paradigm pioneer the nurse will explore new opportunities for delivering healthcare to diverse populations. Being a pathfinder will require the ability to discover, analyze and evaluate situations in order to provide quality healthcare.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing information site
Bureau of Labor Statistics for Registered Nurses
National League for Nurses – nursing resource site
Ohio Board of Nursing
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