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Mission and Purpose

The Department of Nursing is dedicated to carrying out the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

As an integral academic unit of the University, the UNCP Department of Nursing is committed to the tripartite roles of teaching, research, and community service that contribute to the cultural, intellectual, and social development of professional nurses in North Carolina and the nation.

Students are provided the opportunity to obtain a multicultural education that is grounded in the arts, sciences and humanities; that is congruent with standards for professional nursing practice; and that prepares them for lifelong learning, professional development, and service to others.

The primary purposes of the UNCP Department of Nursing program are to (a) promote and advance the accessibility, availability, and quality of professional nursing education and practice for nurses of North Carolina and the nation and to (b) prepare graduates to provide quality professional nursing services, across the lifespan, for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

On completion of the program, the graduate is prepared as a competent beginning professional nurse, has the mobility to practice as a generalist in any health care setting, and is committed to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice through life-long learning and scholarship.

Expected Student Outcomes

The expected student outcomes from the program include the ability to:

1. Integrate evidence-based knowledge from nursing, the arts and humanities, and bio-psycho-social sciences to shape the practice of professional nursing.

2. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and decision-making in the use of the nursing process to improve the outcomes of care processes for individuals, families, groups and communities.

3. Demonstrate competency in the nursing practice roles of advocate, clinician, coordinator/collaborator, educator, leader, and consumer of research to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.

4. Establish therapeutic, caring, and collaborative relationships with recipients of nursing care and members of the interprofessional teams through effective interpersonal, oral, written, and technological communication strategies.

5. Provide therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, restore, and maintain the maximum health potential of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

6. Adere to ethical, legal, and regulatory mandates and professional standards for the provision of safe client-centered care through both indvidiual performance and system effectiveness.

7. Assume accountability for own decisions and actions in the practice of professional nursing.

8. Demonstrate evolving competence in multicultural interactions with recipients of nursing care and members of the healthcare and social service systems.

9. Assume personal responsibility for continual lifelong learning, personal and professional growth and commitment to the advancement of the nursing profession.

The Department of Nursing holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202/887-6791.

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Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013


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