The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program is to prepare nurses, through classroom and clinical education, with the necessary skills to function at the entry level of practice for registered nursing.
1. Provide an effective, comprehensive instructional curriculum that is well rounded in all fundamental concepts and theories as they apply to nursing modalities, procedures, and patient education.
2. Graduate AAS degree nursing students who will reflect the highest standards of legal, ethical, and moral conduct.
3. Provide Registered Nurses whose skills and knowledge are commensurate with the expanding need for nursing services in North Carolina and the nation.
4. Work closely with the nursing community to understand the needs of patients specific to Western North Carolina and to improve the quality of services delivered.
5. Maintain excellence in both clinical and didactic areas that are pertinent to the faculty’s area of instruction.
Upon completion of the AAS Nursing Program, students are expected to be able to:
1. Use informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
2. Employ evidence-based practice to integrate best research with clinical experience and client values for optimal care.
3. Have skills to identify and apply best practices to nursing care by providing client-centered, culturally-competent care.
4. Respect client differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.
5. Involve clients in decision-making and care management.
6. Coordinate and manage continuous client care consistent with the level of licensure.
7. Demonstrate the ability to supervise others and provide leadership of the profession appropriate for an Associate Degree Nurse.
8. Promote healthy lifestyles for clients and populations.
9. Work in interdisciplinary teams to cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and integrate client care and health promotion.
10. Participate in quality improvement processes to measure client outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and develop changes in processes of client care.
11. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by responding to problems, scenarios, and arguments in order to reach sound solutions, decisions, and positions.
12. Model commitment to professional growth, continuous learning, and self-development.