Program Mission, Vision, and Philosophy for the Concept-Based Curriculum
The CT-CCNP is a collaborative of associate degree nursing programs that prepare students to be candidates for entry-level practice as registered nurses. Consistent with the Connecticut Community Colleges’ mission and the mission of colleges offering the program, the Mission of the CT-CCNP is to support students’ aspirations to become a registered nurse, to advance their education, and to improve health within the communities served.
The Vision of the CT-CCNP is to be a personally and professionally rewarding academic program of choice. The CT-CCNP fosters diversity, innovation, quality, and excellence. As lifelong learners, CT-CCNP graduates impact the lives of those they care for, their communities of practice, and the profession of nursing.
The Philosophy of the CT-CCNP Curriculum is grounded in the metaparadigm of nursing, and a belief in dynamic, professional relationships between students and faculty. The metaparadigm or focus for the nursing discipline describes the roles of the nurse and directs professional practice. The metaparadigm includes four concepts, the Person*, the Environment, the Nurse, and Health. The Person is considered within Environments of care where the Nurse promotes Health and manages illness in partnership with the Person and the interprofessional health care team.
The Person as the recipient of health care is distinctive, holistic, and worthy of respect. Their values, beliefs and goals must be honored and supported, regardless of the nurse’s own values, beliefs and goals. The person is the central focus of the professional nurse. Sensitive and caring nursing practice demands an awareness of and respect for infinite types of relationships and perceptions of the world.
Environment is a literal or relative term. The environment of care is a healthcare setting or place where the human experience occurs and where nurses are a component of the interaction. Nurses interact with patients in a variety of settings within healthcare systems.
Health has multiple definitions; it is a dynamic state of the person/individual, family, group, community or population as they interact with the environment. Nurses assess and intervene in human responses to actual and potential health problems along a continuum from wellness to acute conditions, chronic illness, and end of life. Nurses assess patient’s definition of health and collaboratively plan for patient-centered care.
The Nurse provides a unique interpersonal, professional service, cognizant of legal and ethical principles and grounded in caring. Nurses recognize the need for integrity, accountability, advocacy, and systems-based thinking as they provide safe, effective patient-centered care. A commitment to continuous quality improvement, leadership development, and lifelong learning is essential for nursing practice. The Nurse possesses the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) to apply the nursing process using evidence, reflection, and caring. Nurses also consider patient preferences when making clinical judgments to reach positive patient outcomes.
The CT-CCNP Concept-Based Curriculum (CBC) is organized by concepts within the categories of Nursing Profession, Health and Illness, Health Care Systems and Patient Attributes. The curriculum is guided by local, regional and national standards and trends within healthcare, higher education, and the nursing discipline. The delivery of the curriculum is accomplished through a dynamic educational experience, which involves active and diverse learning processes. CT-CCNP graduates possess the capacity for sound clinical judgment that enables the achievement of optimum patient outcomes along the health-illness continuum across the lifespan.