West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Nursing, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science Degree - NURSING
Nursing - General Admission-Fall Semester
Program Director: Linda Jo Shelek, MSN, FNP-BC 
Academic advisors are assigned according to campus and last name

The Registered Nurse works to promote health, prevent disease, and provide physical and emotional support to cope with illness and restore health. They provide direct patient care and are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. Nurses are employed in the acute and long term care facilities or hospitals, physician office, home health, community, school, business, industry, and in private settings. They must be physically capable to spend considerable time walking and standing; be able to lift fifty pounds; and be required to mobilize quickly to respond to an emergency. Nurses need emotional stability and a caring philosophy in order to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and stress. Because patients in hospitals and facilities require 24-hour care, nurses in these institutions may work nights, weekends, and holidays.
 
 
Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, graduates will be prepared to:
Human Flourishing Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
1. Collaborate with the patient or designee to plan and provide nursing care that respects the patient’s individual values and needs.
Nursing Judgment Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
2. Generate safe and effective patient centered care using the nursing process.
3. Incorporate effective communication strategies to reduce risk and injuries in the healthcare environment.
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.
4. Create caring relationships with patients and support systems consistent with the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics.
5. Evaluate the utilization of healthcare system resources to efficiently and effectively manage care.
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.
6. Integrate current best practices to plan and implement safe and effective patient care.
 
 
Student Achievement Data
Academic Year 2015-2016 Aggregated
Program Completion Rate: May 2016:  36%  (35/96)  
NCLEX 1st Time Testtaker Pass Rate: 1-1-2016 to 12-31-2016:  97%  (34/35)
Job Placement Rate: December 2016:  100% of licensed graduates are working in field or attending school full time.
 
Academic Year 2014-2015 Aggregated
Program Completion Rate: May 2015:  50%  (53/106)
NCLEX 1st Time Testtaker Pass Rate: 1-1-2015 to 12-31-2015:  80% (40/50)
Job Placement Rate: December 2015:  100% of licensed graduates are working in field or attending school full time.
 
Accrediting Agencies:
National: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Phone: (404) 975-5000 Fax: (404) 975-5020 Email: info@acenursing.org Web: www.acenursing.org
 
State:   West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
90 MacCorckle Ave, SW, Suite 203  Charleston, WV 25303  Phone: 3047440900 Fax: 3047440600
 
Awards and Accreditations