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Faculty L-R: Donna Briere, Beth Satter, Emily MacDonald (Department Chair), Sarah Baillargeon, Donna Driscoll

This is a challenging and exciting time to be a nurse! Increased competition and ever-expanding consumer demand have created exceptionally attractive work opportunities for well-educated nurses. With core values in professionalism, integrity, and excellence, White Mountains Community College Associate Degree in Nursing graduates are in high demand for a variety of nursing jobs throughout Northern New England.

Why pursue nursing at White Mountains Community College?

1. Experienced and respected faculty.
2. Small learning group instruction (8:1 student/faculty ratio in lab and clinical).
3. Multiple clinical learning opportunities in a variety of settings.
4. Students are well prepared to succeed on the NCLEX RN licensing exam.
5. Affordable alternative to four year residential programs.
6. Excellent employment opportunities upon graduating.
7. Small campus environment with outdoor opportunities in the beautiful White Mountains.
8. Employment of registered nurses is is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statics.
9. Nursing is the nation's largest health care profession, with more than 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide.
10. The Institute of Medicine has proposed an initiative to increase BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. WMCC offers pathways to a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing through its partnership with many colleges and universities throughout New England at extremely affordable rates.

Mission

In accordance with the mission of the college, the mission of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, student-centered nursing education, with a fundamental focus on current clinical and educational evidence-based practice which enables students to provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. The nursing faculty believes this should happen in an environment of civility, collegiality and mutual respect. The nursing education program provides an avenue for students to achieve career and life goals through the application of knowledge, critical thinking, clinical judgment and interpersonal skills necessary to practice as a registered nurse.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Plan and provide holistic, safe, effective and culturally appropriate care via the nursing process, through shared decision making to a diverse population throughout the lifespan recognizing the individuals’ beliefs, values and preferences and utilizing the principles of communication, engagement, caring, presence, accountability and service within a legal and ethical framework.
2.  Practice collaboratively and effectively within nursing and multi-professional health care providers using principles of communication, leadership and delegation across the disciplines to influence teambuilding and establish shared goals.
3.  Integrates and applies best current evidence based practice in the planning of care for optimal health and wellness outcomes and use these outcomes to improve quality and safety of nursing and healthcare systems.
4.  Utilize healthcare systems resources to plan, organize and deliver care within those systems and subsystems, maximizing access and utilization of available information and technology to provide comprehensive care while minimizing risk of harm.
5.  Interact effectively with patients, families and colleagues using therapeutic communication skills, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to minimize conflict, enhance patient satisfaction and optimize outcomes.
6.  Demonstrate accountability and professionalism in the nursing role using legal, ethical, regulatory and humanistic principles and participate in leadership and spirit of inquiry that contribute to lifelong learning, professional growth and the body of nursing knowledge.

Program Outcomes

1. The first-time pass rate for nursing graduates is equivalent to, or exceeds the national pass rate for first-time takers.
2.  Seventy percent (70%) of students who begin the sequence of nursing education courses will complete the program within 3 years.
3. Ninety percent (90%) of graduates will express satisfaction with their educational preparation through qualitative and quantitative measures at six and twelve months after graduation.
4.  Ninety-five percent (95 %) of graduates’ employers will express satisfaction with graduates’ preparation for the workplace through qualitative and quantitative measures at six and twelve months after graduation.
5.  Within six months of graduation seventy percent (70%) of graduates will be employed as Registered Nurses and ninety percent (90%) of graduates will be employed as Registered Nurses at twelve months after graduation.

For more information about the nursing profession please go to:
http://www.nh.gov/nursing/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
http://www.nhnurses.org/

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