Associate Degree Nursing Philosophy 
Northwest Florida State College

This Philosophy Statement of the Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a collective representation of the members of the nursing faculty as individuals and as a teaching group. This philosophy guides us in the development of our nursing program.

Using a holistic and scientific approach, nurses provide care to diverse populations in diverse settings. Nurses use compassion, critical thinking, and effective communication to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care. As accountable members of health care teams, nurses design, manage, and coordinate care. In formulating health care decisions, nurses incorporate evidence-based practice, high ethical standards, and client advocacy, leading to an overall improvement in client outcomes. As responsible members of the profession, nurses support high quality and cost effective health care to clients across the life span.

Nursing is a creative, caring, scientific, and scholarly profession. Nursing focuses on using a broad range of skills and knowledge through the nursing process to assist diverse individuals, families, and groups within a community to achieve optimal health. Nursing actively advocates wellness promotion, illness prevention, and compassionate, affordable, effective health care. Nursing is derived from the biophysical and psychosocial sciences within a critical thinking framework.

Clients are holistic beings having physiological, psychosocial, intellectual, developmental, spiritual, cultural, and environmental needs. Clients have a right to choose and participate in their healthcare decisions.

Health is defined as a client's ability to reach optimal functioning within a psychological, biological, physical, spiritual, and social environment.

Environment encompasses all conditions affecting the health, life, and development of a client, and is characterized by uncertainty, rapid change, and opportunity.

Teaching and Learning:
The nursing faculty arranges a variety of methods and experiences to accommodate learners from diverse cultural backgrounds with different learning styles. The nursing faculty believes that a professional, caring, and open learning environment optimizes the teaching/learning process. Mutual respect is imperative for an effective teaching/learning atmosphere. The faculty uses various interactive learning methods to promote active participation in the learning process. Sequential learning allows for knowledge and skill retention by building upon skills and concepts over time. Members of the nursing faculty serve students as key resources and professional role models. The ADN Program Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes provide the structure for the Nursing Curriculum. The mastery of concepts of each course guides students toward the successful achievement of the ADN Program Outcomes and entry into professional nursing practice.

  1. Learners are individuals who bring personal learning styles, socio-economic and cultural influences, beliefs, attitudes and personal life experiences to the learning environment. Learners discover their potential for self-actualization through the learning process. Learning, a creative process that occurs independently and collaboratively, progresses through levels of complexity.


Nursing Learning Outcomes:

NWFSC ADN nursing education enables students to acquire the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for implementing safe nursing care.

Graduates are prepared to pass the national licensure examination and to practice as generalist members of an interdisciplinary health care team. As members of the discipline of nursing, graduates practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice. Graduates express positive comments about the quality of their education, are highly sought for employment, and receive excellent entry-level evaluations. The ADN Program at NWFSC provides a solid foundation for further personal and professional development leading to opportunities for continued growth and advancement in the nursing profession.