The Associate Degree in Nursing Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Fairmont State University Associate Degree Nursing Program is to provide quality nursing education to people in north central West Virginia and beyond.
The faculty of the School of Nursing accept and support Fairmont State University's mission related to personal growth, lifelong learning, academic excellence, career development, cultural diversity, and community service. In harmony with the University's mission, the purpose of the Nursing Program is to provide a quality education in a supportive learning environment which prepares the graduate for the practice of nursing and for the continuation of nursing education. The philosophy is based upon beliefs about client, environment, health, nursing, and education.
The client's existence involves life processes in constant change through interaction with forces in the environment. Although human existence contains elements of similarity, each individual is unique due to a genetic heritage, culture, and individual life experiences. The client functions within a set of beliefs and values with the potential to become self-actualized.
The client strives to maximize health potential in the environment, responding as a whole to any threat or change. Patterns of interaction within the environment are dynamic and affect the physiological, psychosocial, developmental, and spiritual processes to influence the client's behavior and health. Society, as a component of the environment, interacts with the health care system.
Health is a dynamic pattern of functioning involving life processes directed toward the goal of maximum health potential. The perception of health is individualized and interrelated among social, physical, psychological, and environmental factors as well as past experiences. The availability of resources influences health and serves to decrease vulnerability of the client.
Nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. The practice of nursing is interpersonal and caring. Nursing integrates critical thinking, communication, and therapeutic interventions based on nursing knowledge and research. The nursing process is the organizing framework used to maximize the health potential of individuals and families.
Learning is an active, continuous, and cumulative process which combines cognitive, affective, and psychomotor components to effect behavioral changes. Encompassed in an atmosphere of trust, this process involves active participation by the learner and the educator. The learner is responsible for self-direction, self-understanding, and self-evaluation. The educator is responsible for creating an atmosphere that facilitates learning, and thus motivates, guides, clarifies, evaluates, and challenges the learner. Together, the learner and the educator are responsible for developing a greater understanding between theory and practice. This understanding, along with a climate that considers individual students' needs, contributes to the highest standards of teaching and learning.
Nursing education, which should be housed in an institution of higher learning, is concerned with the achievement of specific goals. A balance of nursing and general education courses assists the learner to synthesize knowledge from the physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences and develop the motivation for lifelong learning. Learning experiences within the nursing curriculum progress from the simple to the complex and are planned and guided by the faculty to achieve these goals. Critical thinking is the basis for the nurse’s application and use of knowledge and experience in making reasoned decisions.
The scope of associate degree nursing practice focuses on direct client care and is defined by the roles of care provider, teacher, communicator, manager, and member within the profession of nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing graduate incorporates political, legal, ethical, moral, responsible, accountable, and professional dimensions in a variety of settings. The nurse strives to improve the discipline of nursing and its contribution to society through participation in professional organizations. Nursing is committed to the value of collegiality, respect for peers, the need for lifelong learning, and continual growth toward expert practice.