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The Nursing Department at Darton State College believes that in today’s modern world of nursing, education for our adult learners should be centered on patient care, patient education, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, informatics, safety, professionalism and leadership.

Nursing educators at Darton State College place an emphasis on nursing that is patient-centered, caring, and culturally sensitive and strive to teach concepts which enable students to utilize nursing judgment substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context (NLN 2010). The nursing faculty believes that the patient’s own values should be considered and reflected in the plan of care throughout the lifespan in the ASN and the RN to BSN Completion programs.

Photo: Nursing Students at a HospitalThe nursing department strives to teach students how to work collaboratively and effectively within a team setting. The faculty recognizes the significance of examining the evidence, expert opinion, and clinical expertise as a basis for nursing practice and clinical judgment. The concepts of nursing research are further explored in the RN to BSN Completion program.

The nursing faculty recognizes that there are constantly evolving needs to improve the quality and the safety of health care and that it is important to teach nursing students the significance of developing a spirit of inquiry to promote the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies to advance health care services.

The faculty believes that the Darton State College Nursing Program contributes to communities by preparing nurses who are qualified to practice nursing in a safe, professional, and legal manner. Faculty believes the entry-level nurse from Darton State College will implement nursing care that reflects integrity, responsibility, and ethical practices. By encouraging students to continue their education at Darton State College in the RN to BSN Completion program the needs of the local, state, and nation will be met by increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

Furthermore, Darton State College Nursing Department strives to teach principles which will prepare the entry level nurse to integrate information technology resources into the provision of patient care while advocating for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. Leadership skills are stressed in preparation for the management of safe, quality patient care for the entry-level nurse, as well as the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.

The faculty believes that learning is a partnership between the faculty, the student, and the patient. The instructor’s role is to assist the student in clarifying concepts, problem solving, and developing individual strengths necessary for competent practice. This process creates a social, cultural, and scientific awareness that manifests itself in responsible, professional practice within our communities.

The Nursing department is responsible for the information on this page.
For questions regarding content, or for further information, please contact Email: Bonnie Hardegree or Email: Sherry Koster
Department Chair: Larecia Gilll, MSN, RN.

Last Update: July 11, 2016 9:15 AM

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