Nursing Department - School Philosophy

School Philosophy

The philosophy of the Nursing Program is exemplified through the Mission, Vision, Program Outcomes, and Theoretical Framework upon which the entire program is based.

Mission Statement

The Pierce College Associate Degree Nursing program forms a community of learners committed to the discipline of nursing. Our specialized community is built on a foundation of respect and openness to change. Together, we strive to meet the needs of our diverse community for qualified registered nurses and develop each nursing student's abilities in nursing. Our commitment to quality nursing education and teaching excellence prepares learners to live and work successfully as registered nurses in an ever-changing health-care environment.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote a multicultural, humanistic nursing program that provides excellence in nursing education through the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Program Outcomes

Nursing Process: The graduate will demonstrate a beginning competence in critical, creative and reflective thinking within the nursing process that serves to provide the foundation for safe, effective care delivery in a wide variety of health care settings.

Communication: The graduate will demonstrate effective communication through the exchange of messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Professional Role: The graduate will demonstrate responsibility in the registered nurse role by participating as a member of a team to promote holistic, ethical, and compassionate care while functioning within the scope of practice for the registered nurse.

Cultural Competence: The graduate will demonstrate multicultural competence by valuing open-mindedness, inclusion, multicultural perspectives and multiple ways of knowing, thinking and being for clients, families, and colleagues in health care.

Information Competency: The graduate will seek, find, evaluate and use information in health care to support evidence based practice and engage in lifelong learning for nursing practice.

Theoretical Framework

The theoretical framework organizes the program by providing a clear guideline in which faculty can teach and students can learn nursing in an educational milieu that is supportive of the developing entry-level nurse.

The theoretical framework operationalizes the Pierce College Core Abilities, the Nursing Program Mission and Vision Statements, as well as the Nursing Program Outcomes.

The Roy Adaptation Model (RAM) is used as the theoretical framework for teaching and learning nursing. The RAM supports the idea that human beings are adaptive systems; each individual has internal processes that act to maintain their integrity.

The nurse's role is to promote adaptation for individuals and groups through four adaptive modes:

  • Physiological Mode
  • Self-Concept Mode
  • Role Function Mode
  • Interdependence Mode

By utilizing this nursing theory to guide the Pierce College Nursing Program's curriculum, students develop the recognition that nursing practice is comprised of nursing professionals, rather than merely routine technicians. The Nursing Process is the functional way in which students approach their nursing role.

Becky Piper RN, MN
Program Director

Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions

Cindy Porn
P/T Office Assistant

Glenine Collins MSN, RN, NCS-BC

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Faculty, Clinical Liaison

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty


National Accreditation

This nursing program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
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