Upon completion of the associate Degree level, the graduate nurse as a member of the profession should have the knowledge and skill to provide and coordinate care for clients (individuals and families) in a variety of settings by:
- Demonstrating the use of clinical reasoning, nursing process and evidence based practice outcomes as a basis for decision making.
- Exhibiting behaviors that reflect commitment to the growth and development of the role and function of nursing consistent with state and national regulations and with ethical and professional standards; aspires to improve the discipline of nursing and its contribution to society; and values self-assessment and the need for lifelong learning.
- Accepting responsibility for the quality of nursing care and provides safe, compassionate nursing care using a systematic process of assessment, analysis, panning, intervention, and evaluation that focuses on the needs and preferences of patients and their families.
- Promoting safety in the patient and family environment by: following scope and standards of nursing practice, practicing within the parameters of individual knowledge, skills and abilities; identifying and reporting actual and potential unsafe practices and implementing measures to prevent harm.
- Providing patient centered care by collaborating, coordinating and/or facilitating comprehensive care with an interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary healthcare team to determine and implement best practices for the patients and their families.