The New England Institute of Technology Nursing Department seeks to prepare nurses at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels to practice holistically in today’s complex and highly technological health care system. The mission of the program is to prepare individuals as professionals whose practice reflects altruistic, evidence-based, ethical, and articulate membership in the nursing profession.
Nursing Program Philosophy
This philosophy and foundation of our curriculum represents the faculty’s core beliefs regarding human beings, environment, health, nursing, higher education, teaching, and learning. 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 view the environment as the totality of the patient’s experience that includes the family, cultural context, society, and the global community. We recognize that the patient’s environment is a major influence on the patient’s health status. Health is an individual experience characterized by wholeness where physical, psychological, interpersonal, spiritual, cultural, and social aspects are inseparable in the person. An individual’s response to stressors may change the ability of 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 actualization of their full potential. Humans have universal self-care requisites and nurses need to be tireless advocates for the patients’ pursuit of these universal needs within a caring and nonjudgmental environment.
Nursing is a scientific discipline with a distinct body of knowledge. Nursing practice is grounded in nursing science, natural sciences, social sciences, technology and humanities. Nurses engage with clients in an active partnership and seek to understand the client’s lived experience of illness. Within this context, nurses provide holistic evidence-based nursing care that respects and supports individual definitions of health. Nurses focus on quality healthcare and advocate for diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems. Nursing practice is grounded in these paradigmatic beliefs which provide the foundation for critical inquiry and knowledge development in nursing.
Every person who wishes to pursue a career in nursing should have the opportunity to do so. By advancing educational access for a diverse population of students, associate degree nursing education has contributed to a diverse nursing workforce to meet the health care needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations. Likewise, every nurse should be encouraged to pursue and have access to seamless academic progression beyond the associate degree into baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. The Department of Nursing at New England Institute of Technology joins with other nursing organizations in Rhode Island and throughout the nation, to advance opportunities for academic progression within nursing. We stand ready to work together to ensure that nurses have the support they need to further their education. Higher education for nursing practice is grounded in a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The intent of the educational program is to address the needs of diverse learners by encouraging active participation in the learning process. Nursing education seeks to empower students as future nurses while instilling an enthusiasm for lifelong critical inquiry, learning, and professional growth. The faculty are committed to creating supportive environments that foster adult learning. Students have multiple opportunities to develop the core competencies that characterize a well-educated nurse.
Students work closely with professors who care about them and provide opportunities for student learning and development as confident lifelong learners. The faculty use a variety of evidence-based teaching methods that address adult students’ learning needs. Learners assume responsibility for their learning and are active participants in the learning process.
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Engage as a leader in the role of an advanced practice nurse in response to the health promotion, disease prevention/management, and educational needs of the evolving healthcare system.
Implement quality and safety measures, through ethical, legal and professional standards to address the needs of underserved and culturally diverse communities.
Integrate advanced knowledge of health care through related disciplines in the roles of the master’s-prepared nurse.
Apply evidence-based practice (EBP) research in the areas of clinical practice, professional development, educational or administrative settings, to improve outcomes.
Utilize the process of scientific inquiry to validate and refine knowledge relevant to improving healthcare outcomes within a dynamic healthcare environment.
Integrate technologies in advanced patient care, demonstrating information literacy in a variety of settings.
Evaluate healthcare organizational systems in decision-making, including cost-effective initiatives, ethics, policy development, and quality and safety measures.
Integrate principles of ethical decision-making of clinical judgment as it applies to patient-centered care and complex issues.