Nursing is a practice driven profession where individuals meet the health care needs of clients by delivering goal directed care to individuals, families, and communities based on the diagnosis and treatment to actual or potential health problems for promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. Nurses function as a member of a collaborative health care team to provide safe and effective care to clients in multiple health care settings.
SCCC offers a ten-month Practical Nursing program and a two-year associate degree program. The two programs are viewed as separate, although the Practical Nursing program can serve as the first year of the associates degree program. Applicants to the associate degree program must be graduates from a Practical Nursing program. Graduates of a Practical Nursing program from another state must have equivalent course work as outlined in the Practical Nursing curriculum and must pass challenge exams to receive credit for the Practical Nursing courses.
Nursing is a practice profession providing goal directed holistic care to individuals, families, and communities based on the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems for promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. The SCCC nursing faculty subscribe to the definition of nursing practice as described and protected by the Kansas Nurse Practice Act.
Nursing process is a systematic method involving critical thinking and judgment to guide the nurse and client as they together determine the need for nursing care, plan and implement the care, and evaluate the results. The steps in the client-centered, goal-oriented process are interrelated and include assessing, diagnosing strengths and problems, development of a holistic plan of individualized care, implementation of the plan of care, and evaluating the effectiveness of the plan in terms of client outcomes.
Education is a life-long process and an empowering force that enables an individual to achieve higher goals. Nursing programs need to be flexible to meet the learning needs of a changing student population. Nursing education should occur in institutions of higher learning incorporating all types of collegiate activities. The goal of nursing education is to provide an approachable, nurturing environment in which nursing students can develop self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, professionalism and critical thinking skills, and to prepare practitioners to meet the nursing needs of a diverse society.
The nursing graduate is a member of a collaborative health care team who functions within the legal/ethical framework to provide safe and effective care to clients in a dynamic health care system. The graduate has completed a core of nursing content and clinical experiences consistent with ANA Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Conduct and Quality and Safety Education for nurses.