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Nursing Curriculum at Palm Beach State

Curriculum Framework (Implemented January 2016)

The Nursing Program at Palm Beach State College has adopted the National League for Nursing (NLN, 2010) Education Competencies Model as its conceptual curriculum framework. At the foundation are the seven core-values that are central to nursing education: caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity and patient-centeredness. The throughputs are the integrated concepts as identified by the NLN: Context and environment; knowledge and science; personal/professional development; quality and safety; relationship-centered care; and spirit of inquiry. These integrating concepts are woven through the curriculum and increase in complexity as the student accrues knowledge. The outputs of the NLN model are the four outcomes essential for ADN graduates: human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry, which represent the “skills, knowledge, and attitudes that graduates should have achieved upon successful completion of a program of nursing” (NLN, 2010, p. 5).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
  • Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Make judgments in practice, 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.
  • Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity and ongoing growth as human beings.


Course Descriptions & Course Outcomes

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