Programs

 

Nursing Education

Nursing education is a process through which individuals learn to practice safe and effective nursing care for clients with health needs. Nursing courses provide chronological nursing knowledge and experiences which enable the student to develop certain defined competencies (professional behaviors, communication, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care) necessary for the safe practice of nursing care in an organized, competent manner to individuals, families, groups or communities.

Nursing education has the responsibility to prepare graduates for employment in a rapidly changing healthcare environment where the focus is providing cost-effective, high-quality health care to diverse populations. Effective nursing curricula design is based on stated outcome criteria that provide students with a systematic framework for learning, safe nursing practice, and intellectual fulfillment.

Nursing education teaches students to provide a safe, effective care environment through the management of the client’s care while emphasizing safety and infection control. Clients are assisted with health promotion as well as the maintenance of health. Client’s psychosocial and physiological integrity are protected through nursing care activities that provide comfort and pharmacological therapies, reduce risk potential, and promote physiological adaptation.

The nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and the Commision for Independent Education. The student who has met all educational and insitutional requirements from Hope College of Arts & Sciences is eligible to have his/her name submitted to the Florida Board of Nursing to be considered as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

 

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree Program

The Associate of Science Degree (ASN) Program is directed toward men and women who have the capability of, and interest in, becoming associate degree nurses. It has as its purpose the development of knowledge, attitudes, values, critical thinking, communication, and technical skills which enable the individual to assume responsibility in the role of the registered nurse. The graduate of the associate degree program collaborates with other healthcare professionals to provide safe and effective care to clients in a variety of settings. Associate degree nursing education encourages lifelong learning and professional growth.

 

Program Description

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program is designed to prepare the individual student for a career as a professional nurse. Hope College of Arts & Sciences mission is to prepare qualified entry-level professional nurses to work in diverse healthcare settings. Partnerships with members of the southeast Florida healthcare community are essential to the mission’s success. The programs accomplish their mission by providing a challenging education that prepares students to think logically, critically, and analytically in order to problem-solve effectively and make sound clinical decisions; communicate effectively; and to integrate knowledge, skills, values, and professionalism in the delivery of high-quality health care, based upon applied scientific principles. The graduate nurse practices holistic nursing incorporating biophysical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and wellness concepts.

The nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and Commission for Independent Education. The student who has met all educational and institutional requirements for an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Hope College of Arts & Sciences is eligible to have his/her name submitted to the Florida Board of Nursing to be considered as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN©).

 

 

Practical Nursing Diploma

Hope College of Arts & Sciences’ practical nursing program prepares students to pass the National Licensing Exams for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN©), and to be well prepared to serve patients entrusted in their care. The knowledge and skills taught are consistent with the role and scope of practice defined by the Florida Board of Nursing and to be performed under the direction and guidance of a registered nurse, a licensed physician, a licensed osteopathic physician, a licensed podiatrist, or a licensed dentist. This program is offered utilizing an integrated curriculum designed to enhance students’ understanding and practical application of knowledge from the less complex and building to more complex concepts. It includes education in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, families and community, and geriatric nursing.

 

Objectives for Practical Nursing Diploma

1.- Students will be educated and trained to function in a variety of settings;
2.- Clinical settings will include acute, long term, and care in the home;
3.- Topics of study for the role and function of the practical nurse will be:
4.- Foundations and fundamentals of nursing care, infection control, body structure and function, human growth and development, individual and family care in multiple environments, mental health concepts, nutrition, pharmacology and medication administration, ethical and legal aspects of practice, interpersonal relationships, critical thinking skills, current issues, organizational and employability skills.
5.- Critical thinking skills will be utilized throughout the course work via the SCAN model (Stop [and think things through] Clarify [the key issues] Ask [yourself what’s most important] Now [what’s your next step]) will be emphasized.
6.- Students will take responsibility for their learning, in collaboration with their instructors, throughout the program
7.- Students will utilize the college resources and remediation opportunities available in order to meet their educational goals and claim success. The state of Florida approved curriculum framework and performance standards for practical nurses are applied throughout.

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is an advanced level of nursing that prepares the graduate to function at the professional level of nursing. The baccalaureate program at Hope College of Arts &Sciences prepares a student for practice that integrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes of seven curricular elements: liberal education, quality care and patient safety, evidence-based practice, healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments, communication and collaboration, clinical prevention and population health, professionalism and professional values. The program is designed to provide an educational framework, based on the principle of life-long learning, whereby students develop a broad knowledge base enabling them to read analytically, communicate clearly, and think critically in order to problem-solve. The faculty is committed to promotion of student success from admission through graduation. Through the nursing process, students will utilize their learned skills of prevention, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation, as well as promotion and maintenance of optimal health in order to meet the health needs of the community we serve in a safe and competent manner. Students will be prepared to make unique contributions to a multicultural society as professional and ethical health care providers.
The nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and Commission for Independent Education. The student who has met all educational and institutional requirements for an Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hope College of Arts & Sciences is eligible to have his/her name submitted to the Florida Board of Nursing to be considered as a candidate for the
National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN©).

 

Program Goals

1. Synthesize knowledge from the biological sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities and nursing, to provide appropriate and culturally sensitive care to individuals, families, and communities.

2. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication, collaboration with other professionals, and leadership and management skills.

3. Critically analyze and apply research findings to nursing practice related to disease prevention, health promotion, illness care, and restoration of health.

4. Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate the outcomes of nursing care.

5. Serve as client advocates by providing health education and in monitoring and promoting access to cost-effective care.

6. Encourage lifelong learning and create a foundation for graduate study.

7. Integrate professional values and ethical, moral, and legal aspects of nursing into practice in a variety of structured and unstructured settings.