Nursing Mission, Philosophy, and Outcomes

Mission

The mission of the Department of Nursing at Alexandria Technical & Community College (ATCC), is to provide students with an exceptional education that will prepare them for entry level nursing practice. This is accomplished through innovative and evidenced-based curriculum. The faculty is committed to promoting caring, integrity, diversity, student success, community service, and life-long learning.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing is that nursing is a dynamic, caring profession that provides an essential service to society. Nursing is devoted to promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of individuals and families across the lifespan. Nursing care is provided with equity and without regard to differences in patient culture, background or social status.

Professional values guide interactions with individuals, families and the health care team. Nurses demonstrate professional behaviors of caring, meeting healthcare needs of patients and families, assuming legal responsibility for care provided and adhering to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics, demonstrating professional identity and accountability.

The Department of Nursing core values are based on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates.. (2010) and include the following:

  • Caring
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Excellence
  • Holism
  • Integrity
  • Patient-centeredness

ATCC is proud of the achievements of our students. Program faculty maintain a quality improvement plan for continued student success. The AD program admits students each Fall. Upon the completion of the program, students will earn an associate degree in nursing, and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The PN program admits students each Fall and Spring. Upon completion of the program, students earn a diploma in practical nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.

The following tables demonstrates the outcome data for the AD and PN programs.

Associate Degree Nursing (RN) 2014 2015 2016 2017
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for RN-NCLEX 82.35% 71.88% 75.86% 94.74%
Job Placement 100% 100% 100% Available
July 2018
Completion Rate within 150% of Program Length 97% 83% Available
July 2018
Available
July 2018
Practical Nursing (PN) 2014 2015 2016 2017
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for PN-NCLEX 94.23% 81.08% 85.45% 93.02%
Job Placement Rate 100% 97% 100% Available
July 2018
Completion Rate within 150% of Program Length 75% 78% 85% Available
July 2018