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Program Mission

PCC Nursing Program Mission Statement

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Portland Community College Nursing Program provides high quality nursing education in order to transform individuals into caring professional nurses to meet the evolving health needs of our community. The Nursing Program values access to a learning community that is evidence-based, student-centered, and culturally sensitive. We promote curiosity and student success for the achievement of academic goals in a caring, safe and respectful environment.

Overview of Philosophy

The PCC Nursing Program prepares individuals to enter the nursing profession with the foundations of nursing competency and to continue on in their education. We believe the AAS in Nursing (ADN) graduate is vital to the profession and to a changing health care delivery system. Individuals, at all developmental stages, are bio-psychosocial beings who interact with their environment, and have unique capabilities, value systems and life experiences that influence behaviors. Health is a dynamic process with a goal of optimal functioning within one's capabilities. Individuals and society share rights and responsibilities for health. Health is influenced by one's culture, lifestyle, physical, spiritual, mental, and social factors, as well as one's stage of development. The nurse practices relationship-centered care and health can be maintained, promoted and restored through partnerships among individuals, families, groups, communities and health care providers.

The role and functions of the nurse demands legal and ethical accountability for client care, clear effective communication, and safe direction and guidance of other health care providers. The nurses' personal and professional actions are based on a set of shared core nursing values that are applied to making sound clinical judgments using the best available evidence in all areas of their nursing practice. The nurse collaborates with the client, family, and as part of the health care team, utilizes, contributes to, and practices in the broader health care system.

Nursing education introduces the student to the practice of nursing. The focus is on application of the sciences, humanities, nursing science, and the art of nursing. The curriculum is based on current and realistic nursing roles and practice. Students engage in intentional learning, develop insight through reflection, self-analysis and self-care. Central to nursing education is a positive, caring, supportive and respectful student-teaching relationship, which promotes growth toward professional and personal development. We recognize and value the uniqueness of each student and believe that our program fosters an atmosphere that accepts and encourages diversity among faculty, students and those we serve.

We seek to continually evaluate, validate, and revitalize our curricular designs and educational strategies through on-going dialogue and evaluation with the community, faculty, graduates, and enrolled students. We are committed to the integrity of our program, to promoting the competence of our graduates. And to the preparation of the graduate to assume responsibility for lifelong learning.