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Associate Degree in Nursing Program Graduate Outcomes

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 scholarship of teaching and learning.

Graduate 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.


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.

The Nursing Process

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 adopted the Nursing Process as the foundational framework and means for educating students of how best to provide and evaluate the care delivered to clients. The Nursing Process also 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:

  1. Assessment: A process of systematic collecting, organizing, validating and documenting data (information) about the health status of an individual, family, group, or community. Thus, the first step in the Nursing Process involves gathering data about the client using objective and subjective information. This data is continuously updated, validated, and communicated.
  2. Nursing Diagnosis: This step involves the analysis and interpretation of assessment data. Using the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) approved statements the nurse identifies actual or potential health problems.
  3. Planning: The third step of the Nursing Process involves the establishment of clear statements of the behavioral outcomes for nursing care. The nurse establishes these client goals/outcomes and works with the client to promote optimal health.
  4. Implementation: The implementation of care best assists the person in attaining established outcomes.
  5. Evaluation: The final step in the nursing process involves evaluating the effectiveness of the nursing intervention by comparing the behavior after the nursing intervention and the established goal. Together, the nurse and client identify factors that either positively or negatively influenced goal/outcome achievement. Client response to the plan of care determines whether nursing care should be continued as is, modified, or terminated. If evaluation points to the need to modify the nursing care plan, then the accuracy, completeness, and relevance of the assessment data, as well as the appropriateness of client diagnoses, goals, and nursing interventions, should all be carefully reviewed and modified. During this step of the nursing process the nurse compares actual outcomes with expected outcomes of care and reprioritizes client goals as indicated.