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Nursing Program Philosophy


The philosophy of the nursing Program reflects the overall mission and goals of Hillsborough Community College. The beliefs of the faculty in relation to nursing include thew concepts of the individual, society, health/ illness, teaching/ learning, nursing practice and nursing education.

The faculty views an individual as a unique bio-psycho-social being who exists within the framework of family and society. We understand the individual to be in constant interaction with the environment. We belive the individual is a complex being who is constantly striving to meet physiological and/ or psychosocial needs. Basic needs must be met before higher level needs can be attained. In the process of growth and change, the individual progresses in developmental stages throughout the life cycle.

Society is a system that provides the framework for interactions to address individuals needs and goals. The individual is an integral part of society, a member of a family and a member of a community. Society's structure and diverse cultures influence an individual's behavior.

The faculty believes health is a state in which individuals are in harmony with their environment and are able to adapt to internal and external stressors. Health exists as an optimal level of functioning that is unique for each individual. This level of health can be further described at any given time along the health/ illness continuum, depending on the individual's ability to adapt to stressors.

Teaching/ learning is an interactive process. The teaching process provides the learner with information, resources and guidance to facilitate individual learning needs. The faculty believes that learning is a goal directed, life-long process that changes behavior. This process occurs within the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. the student is an active participant in this process and is responsible for his/ her own learning. The faculty believes the role of the teacher within this context is to provide a knowledeable and stimulating environment that facilitates critical thinking and appeals to a variety learning styles.

The faculty believes nursing is an essential health care profession that focuses on the art and science of caring. It is designed to assist individuals and groups with promoting, maintaining and restoring health to the optimum level attainable. Nursing is a dynamic interactive process that is concerned with the individual, a holistic being, throughout the lifespan. Nursing respects human dignity, individual differences and the client's right to self-determination.

Nursing practice is based on a unique body of knowledge derived from the behavioral, social and natural sciences which when combined with affective, cognitive and psychomotor skills, provides a holistic approach to health care along the health/ illness continuum. This practice encompasses the roles of provider, manager of care and member within the discipline of nursing. The entry level professional Nurse practices theses competencies within the framework of Professional Behaviors, Communication, Assesment, Clinical Decision Making, Caring Interventions, Teaching and Learning, Collaboration and Managing care.

The faculty believes nursing practice utilizes the nursing process, a systematic decision-making method which includes assesment and analysis of a data base, identification of needs and selection of appropriate nursing diagnosis, the setting of goals with clients, planning, implementing and evaluating those goals. This process assists individuals, families and members of the community in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.

The faculty believes the practice of the Associate Degree (AD) graduate provides nursing care in both acute and extended care settings. The Hillsborough Community College graduate nurse is prepared to assume the roles of provider of direct client care, manager of a group of clients and participant memeber within the discipline of nursing.

The faculty believes nursing education is best accomplished in institutions of higher learning that offers general education courses and allows for mobility within the profession by recognizing the previous learning and promoting continued growth through articulation to institutions of higher learning. The faculty further believes nursing education is an active teaching/ learning process that progresses from comprehension, to application, to analysis and synthesis of theoretical concepts. The faculty utilizes current findings of health-related research that contributes to the advancement of nursing care in class theory presentations.

In summary, this philosophy provides the foundation for the delivery of the ADN nursing program. Centering on these major concepts the faculty shares and guides students' educational experiences toward professional nursing.

This page last updated February 11, 2014 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu