Associate Degree Nursing from BGSU-Firelands College
Lorain County Community College (Elyria, Ohio) and Bowling Green State University Firelands College (Huron, Ohio) join in a partnership that brings an associate’s degree (RN) Nursing Program to residents of Erie, Ottawa, Huron and Sandusky counties. Although offered jointly, all nursing courses are held at BGSU FC and the clinical component of the program is completed at health care facilities in Bellevue, Huron, Norwalk or Sandusky. It’s a program that may be completed in as little time as two years, if taken on a full-time basis, and it couldn’t be more convenient for residents of Erie, Ottawa, Huron and Sandusky counties.
Associate Degree Nursing Philosophy
The philosophy of the Nursing Program, affirmed by faculty, is consistent with the mission of Lorain County Community College. Our goal is to provide an excellent nursing education experience that enables students to graduate as ethical, compassionate and knowledgeable nurses.
- professional nursing is the art and science of providing compassionate care through collaboration with our patients, their families, and interdisciplinary teamwork in a therapeutic environment.
- nurses are patient-centered providers of care who ensure that patient/family values are respected and patient safety is a priority concern.
- nursing care is based upon evidence-based best practices, sound nursing judgment, and critical thinking, employing informatics to achieve excellence in patient outcomes.
- teaching and learning is an interactive process between students and faculty in an environment of engaged and innovative strategies. While faculty are committed to appreciating the uniqueness of each student and accommodating their learning needs, students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning. Our program is based upon Knowles’ theory of adult learning and includes the concepts of self-direction, goal-orientation, and experiential learning.
- in responding to the dynamic educational and healthcare needs of our community by forming mutually beneficial partnerships to promote positive social outcomes as well as sustainable environments as we look to the future.
- in facilitating the development a professional identity among nursing students, incorporating the traits of respect for others, ethical thoughts and actions, and honesty in personal and professional behaviors.
- the Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) prepares the graduate to provide safe, competent nursing care across the lifespan to individuals, families and groups in a variety of practice settings. Nursing care incorporates evidence-based practices, sciences and clinical judgment necessary for nursing practice in response to real or perceived healthcare needs. The ADN is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to function as a beginning nurse and values the concept of lifelong learning. The ADN program provides a foundation for continued learning and career advancement.
The conceptual framework of the nursing program at Lorain County Community College is built around the core organizers of QSEN competencies. By using these, we are preparing our graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) needed to provide safe, high quality care to patients and their families as entry level nurses in a variety of care settings. Each core organizer is woven through the curriculum. The core organizers of QSEN on which our curriculum is built are:
- Patient-Centered Care
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Evidence Based Practice/Nursing Judgment
- Safety and Quality Improvement
- Professional Identify
Patient-centered care is defined as nursing care provided to patients with the understanding that the patient is a full partner in decision-making throughout their care. It is a compassionate and coordinated effort of nursing care delivery based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
Teamwork and collaboration are defined as the coordination of care delivery and communication that exists between nursing and other disciplines to achieve quality patient care. This collaboration promotes open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making among team members for the benefit of the patient.
Evidence based practice is defined as the integration of the best current practice approaches/interventions with clinical expertise, patient/family preferences and values, and the use of nursing judgment and critical thinking.
Safety and quality improvement are defined as approaches to patient care that focus on minimizing the risk of harm to patients and providers. These approaches are based on data gathering, outcomes of care delivery and processes, and the use of improvement methods that analyze both system effectiveness and individual performance.
Informatics is defined as the use of information and technology in the communication of patient information, management of patient data and nursing knowledge, and support for decision making.
Professional identify is defined as including both personal and professional development. It involves the internalization of core values and perspectives recognized as integral to the art and science of nursing.
Our nursing program is based on the adult learning theory of Malcolm Knowles and the faculty embrace the use of his six principles in their practice:
- Adults are internally motivated and self-directed
- Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences
- Adults are goal oriented
- Adults are relevancy oriented
- Adults are practical
- Adult learners like to be respected