The nursing program is organized into two (2) major components:
Students who have an unencumbered Washington State LPN license or have successfully completed the first year of an accredited comparable ADN program may go directly to the 4th quarter of the program.
The nursing courses are further organized into three (3) distinct areas: nursing theory, skills laboratory, and clinical rotations.
The six (6) quarter sequence of courses provides for progressive development of knowledge and skills.
During the first three quarters, students learn basic nursing science and practice basic technical and interpersonal skills in providing care to 1-3 clients whose health/illness problems are stable and predictable.
The last three quarters focus on the assessment and intervention processes for clients experiencing unstable and unpredictable illness states, with health care needs of increasing acuity. The emphasis is on problem solving and managing the care of groups of clients.
The curriculum is designed to provide the student with a theoretical framework on which to base nursing interventions and a way of processing information to arrive at competent decisions, as well as competence in manual skills basic to nursing practice.
Implementation of the nursing curriculum is based on the following principles:
The nursing process is a systematic problem-solving process that requires the use of decision-making, clinical judgment, and other critical thinking skills to assess, identify and prioritize client problems, to assign nursing diagnoses with measurable outcomes, to plan care systematically, and to implement and evaluate the results of the care given. The Pierce College Nursing Program has adapted the Nursing Process as means of determining how best to provide and evaluate the care we deliver to our clients. Nursing process provides a framework for the nurse’s responsibility and accountability. There are five sequential and interrelated steps or phases.
The steps or phases of the Nursing Process include:
Nursing Program Coordinator
Becky Piper RN, MN
Program Director/ Associate Professor
Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions
Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Faculty, Clinical Liaison
Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
This nursing program is
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326