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Nursing Statement of Philosophy

The philosophy of the Nursing faculty is consistent with the values of Cape Cod Community College and is based on the principles that people are holistic beings with high value placed on the quality of human life.

We believe that the individual is endowed with free will, inherent worth, and dignity. Each individual is a unique biopsychosocial being capable of adaptation and growth. People have complex human needs which Maslow's hierarchic categorization describes as physiological, safety and security, love and belonging, self-esteem, self-actualization. These needs are common to all regardless of culture, race, gender, and age. The individual is continuously changing and communicating with the inner self and the environment.

The College's institutional mission addresses three broad areas: critical and creative thinking, communication competence, and a global multicultural perspective. We believe that society is a network of communicating individuals characterized by a variety of cultures and subcultures. The basic unit of society is the family, which transmits beliefs, values, and customs. Cultural competence is a dynamic process which involves the nurse’s self-examination regarding biases and prejudices, a knowledge base of various cultures including health variables and perspectives, and the ability to conduct culturally sensitive assessments and intervention strategies to deliver effective and culturally competent care to all clients.

Hans Selye's General Adaptation Syndrome and current neurobiological research describes the mind body response to stressors (acute, chronic, and traumatic). The individual’s adaptation to stressors influences health. Optimal health is a state of maximum physical, physiological, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental well-being. Personal definitions of health may vary and be influenced by ethics, morals, culture, age, economics, values, and the environment. The internal and external environments are dynamic, evolving, and changing, influenced by culture, economics, beliefs, ethics, and politics. Changes in the environment influence health. The individual has rights and responsibilities regarding health care.

We believe that nursing is a profession integrating science and the art of caring which utilizes the Nursing Process to provide evidenced-based health care to individuals, families and communities. The Nursing Program utilizes Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns as a template for organizing the nursing data base to organize and plan nursing care. In addition, critical thinking is one of the broad areas addressed in the College’s institutional mission. The capacity to communicate therapeutically and professionally, to view humanity with caring, and to appreciate the inherent dignity of people is a basis for ethical nursing practice. These characteristics are reflected in assisting individuals to adapt to their environment and in meeting their developmental patterns/needs throughout the life span when they are unable to do so. The nurse integrates biophysical principles with an understanding of human behavior for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.

In keeping with the College's Mission Statement, the students' education comes first. Education, a lifelong process, is a basic right to every individual. It results in the acquisition of knowledge and facilitates behavioral changes. Education uses the teaching – learning process, a dynamic on-going art that integrates the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Learning, an active process, is enhanced by Information Literacy, and requires the internalization of knowledge. Teaching is a logical, organized, goal-directed activity. The teacher creates an environment, which allows the learner to assimilate knowledge and discover personal meaning.

Nursing education is an applied, purposeful discipline that best occurs in an institution of higher education. It is value and competency-based, integrating nursing and general education studies.

We believe that the graduate of the Nursing Program at Cape Cod Community College will be able to utilize the nursing process while exhibiting professional responsibility, accountability, and ethical behavior. He/she will be able to lead and delegate to others while promoting health and preventing common health problems. The graduate will be prepared to function in both acute and long-term care settings where policies, procedures, and guidance are available.