Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing provides entry-level opportunities for students to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses provide for the physical, mental and emotional needs of their patients, and help people take proactive measures to ensure they live a healthier life.
New England Tech's Associate Degree Nursing program provides students the technical skills, medical knowledge, highly-developed communication and critical thinking to develop as a professional nurse.
Throughout the curriculum, the student has planned clinical and laboratory experiences to complement classroom learning. The standard track is a seven-quarter, 21-month program designed for traditional students who require the liberal arts courses as well as the nursing courses for the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing.
Graduates of the New England Tech's Associate Degree in Nursing will enter the fastest-growing employment market in the United States. They are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, home health care, long-term care, healthcare clinics, public health, and outpatient care. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses.
In some programs, and particularly the Allied Health and Criminal Justice programs, a criminal conviction may limit a student’s participation in a clinical or externship placement, and/or employment in the field.
The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The New England Institute of Technology Nursing program seeks to prepare a competent entry level nurse to practice holistic nursing care in an increasingly complex and continually changing health care system. The Nursing program provides courses that are responsive to the needs of a diverse society as well as the nursing community. The high-quality education will enable students to reach career and life goals through knowledge and skills training. The central mission of the program is the preparation of individuals for effective, responsible, and articulate membership in the nursing profession. Through a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical education experiences, the program emphasizes hands-on application of knowledge to the provision of nursing to all individuals. This mission is consistent with the institutional mission described above.
The mission and philosophy of the institution are found in the following locations:
• College Catalog 2009 - 2010, page 5
• On-line at http://www.neit.edu/index.cfm?pg=136&title=Mission-Statement
• Student Handbook 2008 - 2009, page 2
The goals of the Nursing program are to:
1. Provide an educational program that is responsive to the current projected workforce needs of our constituents.
2. Prepare graduates who can practice effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team in a highly technical and complex healthcare delivery system.
3. Provide a solid foundation of knowledge that incorporates the development of knowledge, skills, and personal and professional values.
4. Establish and cultivate model sites for interdisciplinary practice and teaching.
5. Provide leadership in initiatives that address the nursing shortage, models of advanced nursing practice and health policy related to nursing.
Nursing Program Philosophy
The Nursing philosophy represents the core beliefs regarding human beings, environment, health, nursing, education and the role of the associate degree nurse. Our philosophy is the foundation of our curriculum that is designed to prepare nurses who will be able to meet the challenge facing healthcare practitioners today.
We believe that every person is a unique being worthy of respect and dignity. In our nursing framework, biological and social components integrate seamlessly in individuals who use self-care to maintain their health status. We also believe that the environment – which is viewed as the totality of the patient’s experience which includes the family, institutions, society, culture and the global community – has a dramatic influence on health status.
Health is characterized by wholeness in physical and mental functioning where physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social aspects of health are inseparable in the person. An individual’s response to stressors may change the ability for the patient to engage in self-care, resulting in deficits in meeting basic needs and requiring the need for nursing care. Individuals are moving toward maturation and achievement of their full potential. Humans have universal self-care requisites and nurses need to be tireless advocates for patient’s pursuit of these universal needs.
Professional nursing is a science and an art. The science of nursing requires that nurses study and explore nursing and related knowledge areas. The art of nursing requires that nurses use knowledge gained from the humanities and sciences as the foundation for acceptance and application of patient’s values. Nursing care requires sensitivity as well as critical, logical, and analytical thinking to effect changes in patients and the health care system.
Education for professional nursing practice includes a sound knowledge base to support experiential learning. The educational process facilitates continuing and professional growth. The intent of the educational program is to focus on the learner with active participation of the student in the learning process. Education is a life-long process with the commitment of the learner to establish patterns of continued inquiry.
The Nursing faculty facilitates a supportive environment for learning. Each student will have the opportunity to develop the core competencies that have been identified as characteristics of a well-educated nurse. Students work closely with faculty who care about them and provide opportunities for them to become self-confident lifelong learners. The faculty supports a variety of learning styles and unique needs. The faculty is committed to technological innovations in healthcare delivery, clinical practice, and education. Students are primarily responsible for their own learning by being active participants in the learning process and by exercising critical thinking to meet objectives and attain performance outcomes. There exists interdependence between the faculty and the student that is enhanced throughout the educational process by constructive communication. In each course the faculty directs and assists the student toward individual achievement. The faculty evaluates the student’s progress by using behavioral objectives and outcomes that determine that the student has demonstrated minimal competency for safe and acceptable practice. Students acquire clinical proficiency through use of simulation and their clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and community.
Program Objectives and Outcomes
The graduate nurse of the NEIT Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program will demonstrate the following abilities:
1. To use the nursing process to manage and provide care to individuals across the lifespan through efficient and effective management of resources in a variety of health care settings.
• Prioritize care for individuals and groups of patients.
• Coordinate care delivered by members of the health care team along the continuum of care.
• Develop individualized plans of care for patients in a variety of settings and ensure implementation.
• Demonstrate competence in the delivery of cost effective nursing care using current technologies.
2. To communicate effectively with patients, their support systems, and the health care team through the use of interpersonal skills and technology.
• Utilize therapeutic communication skills with patients and their support systems to deliver nursing care and achieve positive patient outcomes.
• Communicate effectively in oral, written and electronic formats.
3. To perform ongoing comprehensive assessments of patients' health status and changing needs.
• Perform comprehensive ongoing assessments using multiple sources of data to plan and deliver nursing care.
• Identify resources and influential factors impacting the health care needs of the patients on an ongoing basis.
• Assess the educational needs of the patient, support system and their community.
4. To employ clinical decision making based on critical thinking skills and evidence-based practices to deliver safe effective nursing care through the nursing process.
• Make appropriate clinical judgments and decisions to plan outcome-based care based on the nursing process.
• Demonstrate an ability to analyze and integrate knowledge, assessment data, and evidenced-based information to make clinical decisions.
• Participate in the research and performance improvement process, through problem identification and data collection to positively affect patient outcomes.
5. To demonstrate caring interventions based on physiological and psychosocial needs of the patient.
• Deliver individualized nursing care that reflects the patient's age, culture, values, beliefs, and lifestyle.
• Provide competent nursing care within the legal and ethical framework of nursing practice.
• Provide an environment for the patient and their support system that promotes safety, comfort, trust, and achievement of optimal health.
• Exhibit a nurturing, caring, compassionate attitude toward patients and their support system.
6. To collaborate with patients, support persons, members of the health care team and community agencies to provide patient-centered quality care.
• Facilitate communication and cooperation among patient, support persons, peers, community agencies, and members of the health care team.
• Participate in planning, decision-making, problem solving and goal setting as a patient advocate.
• Plan and provide outcome focused care based on input and information from the patient, support person(s), and health care team.
7. To initiate the teaching-learning processes to promote, maintain, and restore health to individuals within their community.
• Identify teaching-learning needs for individuals and groups to promote, and maintain health.
• Provide formal and informal health education in various setting to achieve desired learning outcomes.
• Deliver education through collaboration with the patient, support person(s), peers, and health care team.
• Apply the nursing process to meet the teaching-learning needs of individuals within their community.
8. To demonstrate professional accountability and commitment to standards of professional practice while practicing nursing within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
• Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for care provided by self or delegated to others.
• Serve as a patient advocate.
• Identify forces that are influential on the health care delivery system (i.e. economic, political, social, and demographic).
• Recognize professional role responsibilities.
• Conduct nursing practice within the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks according to standards of professional nursing practice.
Courses Offered Nursing
Associate in Science Degree
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing
MGT 112 Introduction to Office Software
SCI 103 Anatomy & Physiology I for Nursing
SCI 101 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
NUR 120 Nursing Fundamentals I
NUR 121 Nursing Fundamentals I Clinical
SCI 105 Anatomy & Physiology II for Nursing
SCI 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
NUR 130 Nursing Fundamentals II
NUR 131 Nursing Fundamentals II Clinical
SCI 132 Nutrition
NUR 242 Medical Surgical & Assessment I
NUR 243 Medical Surgical & Assessment I Clinical
SCI 250 Nursing Pharmacology I
SCI 264 Nursing Pharmacology II
NUR 252 Medical Surgical & Assessment II
NUR 253 Medical Surgical & Assessment II Clinical
NUR 254 Mental Health
NUR 255 Mental Health Clinical
NUR 260 Maternal Child Health
NUR 261 Maternal Child Health Clinical
NUR 262 Pediatric
NUR 263 Pediatric Clinical
NUR 270 Preceptored Synthesis
NUR 271 Preceptored Synthesis Clinical
NUR 274 Nursing Capstone Course
NUR 276 Nursing Leadership
NUR 277 Nursing Leadership Clinical