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Nursing

High Demand and Diverse Career Track

Nursing

High Demand and Diverse Career Track

Nursing

High Demand and Diverse Career Track

About

The Skagit Valley College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Washington State Department of Health

WA State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

WA State Department of Health – NCQAC
111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA
Mailing Address: PO Box 47864
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
Phone: 360.236.4700 (call center)
Fax: 360.236.4738
Email: [email protected]

Washington State Department of Health

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: 404.975.5000
Fax 404.975.5020
ACEN Website

Washington State Department of Health

WA State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

WA State Department of Health – NCQAC
111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA
Mailing Address: PO Box 47864
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
Phone: 360.236.4700 (call center)
Fax: 360.236.4738
Email: [email protected]

Washington State Department of Health

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: 404.975.5000
Fax 404.975.5020
ACEN Website

Program Learning Outcomes

The nursing philosophy supports the student learner outcomes of Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity and Spirit of Inquiry.

Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.

Nursing Judgment: Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context.

Professional Identity: Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.

Spirit of Inquiry: Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.

The nursing process is foundational to the curricular framework defined by the National League for Nursing (2010) and adopted by Skagit Valley College ADN program. The nursing process consists of Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

Student Achievement Data

2019–2020 Academic Year (July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020)

Program Outcome Expected Level of Achievement Actual Level of Achievement
First time pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX) The pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers. 98%
Program Completion Rate The program completion rate will be greater than 80% (percentage of students completing within 150% of program length). 85%

Nursing Program Curriculum Design

The curriculum design reflects the nursing mission, philosophy, and program objectives. Faculty adopted the NLN Core Components and Competencies for Associate Degree Graduates (NLN 2010) as the organizing framework for the program. Each component was defined by SVC faculty and competencies for each course and for SVC ADN students were developed. The curriculum design provides the foundation for nursing theory course content, laboratory experiences on campus, laboratory experiences in clinical setting, and evaluation of student learning.

Nursing Essential Skills
Students planning to entery any of the nursing programs need to be aware of the essential skills required of the successful nurse. The essential skills are the expectations upon which clinical performance is based for all levels of nursing. Nursing students are expected to demonstrate these skills and characteristics in the classroom, campus lab sessions, and clinical rotations.
Risks and Hazards
Persons interested in a career in nursing need to be aware of potential hazards and risks inherent in the field. Nurses, including nursing students in clinical placements, work in many different environments, some of which are hazardous. Nurses and their clients are exposed to infectious diseases, radiation, hazardous equipment, and environments in which accidents occur. Nurses may spend a lot of time walking, bending, stretching, and standing. They are vulnerable to back injuries because they must often lift and move patients. During the course of the nursing program, nursing students learn strategies to achieve the National Patient Safety Goals for minimizing safety hazards and preventing injury. Nurses are not only responsible for their own safety but also for the safety of their clients. Failure to apply the principles of safety may result in serious and/or potentially life-threatening injury to the nurse, the client, or other persons. Nursing students are held to the same standard as nurses. Safety violations that cause actual or potential harm to clients, self or others will result in immediate dismissal from the nursing program.
Clinical Experiences
All nursing programs include a required clinical work experience. Clinicals are at medical facilities requiring travel to various regions of Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, and Island counties. All students accepted into the clinical experience must have reliable transportation. All experiences will be under the supervision of college nursing program faculty. Students will not be allowed to choose their clinical site experience (location, shift, days of week, etc.). The department chair and/or designated faculty select the facilities used for clinical sites and place qualified students.
Working While in the Program
It is recommended that you do not work while in the program. If you do have to work, we recommend that you work no more than 8 hours a week while in the full-time program and no more than 24 hours a week while in the part-time program.
SVC Non-Discrimination Statement

SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Skagit Valley College (SVC) offers academic transfer pathways, workforce education degrees and certificates, basic education for adults, and lifelong learning opportunities. SVC is committed to equity as its framework in providing access, supporting achievement, and strengthening community. SVC will take steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational programs.

SVC provides a drug free environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or age in its programs and employment. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Carolyn Tucker
Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
360.416.7794
[email protected]

Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities

Upon admission, a candidate who discloses a disability and requests accommodation will be asked to provide documentation of his or her disability for the purpose of determining appropriate accommodations. The Department of Nursing will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make modifications that would alter the nature or requirements of the program or provide auxiliary aids that present an undue burden to Skagit Valley College and its clinical sites. To continue in the program, the candidate must be able to perform all essential functions either with or without accommodation.

Requests for accommodation should be directed to:

Disability Support Services
360-416-7654 (Mount Vernon campus)
360-679-5319 (Whidbey Island campus)

Successful completion of the program, however, does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX licensing examination or the ability to become licensed to practice nursing. Candidates with concerns or questions about specific health conditions, personal histories or disabilities should contact the Washington State Nursing Commission (360.664.2881).

Licensing & Examination Eligibility

To be eligible to take the NCLEX (the nursing licensure exam), the nursing commission requires you to provide information about physical/mental conditions and any filed criminal charges. You will be required to answer Yes or No to a series of questions. It is important for students to be aware of these questions before starting the nursing program. To learn more about eligibility requirements please read this document: Nursing-Licensing Eligibility/Disqualifying Crimes. If you anticipate problems answering any of these questions, contact the commission directly.

You should also be aware that some clinical facilities are fingerprinting students for federal background checks and are randomly screening for drug usage. A criminal history may impact your ability to both attend a clinical class at selected clinical sites and receive a Washington State nursing license. If you have a criminal history it is important that you determine the impact this will have on your choice of a career.

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