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Butler Community College Department of Nursing

Department of Nursing: Our Mission

Butler Community College Department of Nursing educates and prepares future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to fully qualify to be licensed as professional nurses to contribute to meeting the health care needs of the communities it serves.

Department of Nursing: Philosophy

This statement is the collective philosophy of the faculty of the Department of Nursing and supports the Vision, Mission, Learning College Principles, and Learning PACT of Butler Community College as well as the deep commitment to health promotion of the Butler region. This philosophy encompasses the guiding principles of quality and safe nursing practice, the framework for nursing education, and the role of the associate degree graduate.

Nursing is a profession that empowers all individuals, families, groups and communities to attain optimal wellness as they respond to changing health needs and altered health states. Nursing acknowledges the cultural, ethnic and social diversity, dignity, worth and right of each individual and fully partners with the individual to have his/her health needs met. Nursing uses evidence based information within a critical thinking framework, the nursing process, to guide clinical decision making in providing safe and quality nursing care. Accountability in nursing practice is guided by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics for Nurses, ANA Standards of Professional Performance and Kansas State Nurse Practice Act.

Client needs (National Council State Boards of Nursing), ANA Standards of Practice, and the wellness – illness continuum guide the curriculum. The Kansas Associate Degree Nursing Core Program Outcomes are achieved by using the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies and are congruent with Butler‘s Learning PACT with students. The associate degree nursing graduate is prepared as a generalist and is committed to advocating for the optimal health of the individual, family and community and is held accountable within the legal and ethical framework of nursing. Possessing professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, the graduate nurse partners with individuals, families, and communities and collaborates with other health care professionals to promote quality health outcomes. The practice of an associate degree graduate begins at a novice level and uses the traits of adaptability, accountability, and professionalism to progress toward an expert nursing role. The faculty supports the Kansas Articulation Plan, which promotes advanced standing for licensed practical nurses into Butler‘s nursing program and Associate Degree graduates into baccalaureate and graduate programs.

The faculty views students as lifelong learners, who are active participants within varying learning environments drawing upon individual learning needs, life experiences and adaptive skills. The Department of Nursing actively collaborates with both internal and external stakeholders in the on-going development of mutually beneficial learning opportunities. Faculty participates within the learning environments serving as initiators, facilitators, role models and resource persons. The Butler nursing alumni are recognized as valued members of the community and contribute to the health and economy of the region. Through partnerships, Butler nursing program provides educational mobility for students and graduates who desire to continue formal education. As lifelong learners, many of the alumni pursue advanced education and go on to serve in nursing leadership roles in the community.

For further information, contact the Department of Nursing at: ksmith@butlercc.edu
316-322-3140 or 733-3140 from Wichita

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Last Updated: Spring 2012