Nursing Philosophy 

Nursing philosophy

The nursing programs at Illinois Valley Community College were established to provide area students the opportunity to learn in a caring environment and to develop their abilities in nursing practice by providing quality education, training and services that are accessible, affordable and promote lifelong learning.  The curricula, congruent with the Mission Statement of IVCC, are designed to meet the varied needs of students and our diverse community, to stimulate lifelong intellectual growth and physical well-being, to foster social and emotional maturity, and to inculcate integrity and a caring concern for others.  The following statements pertain to the beliefs of the nursing faculty in the areas of person, environment, nursing, health, teaching/learning, nursing education/curriculum, and how the practice of Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing fits in the total concept of nursing.

The person is a unique and complex individual who is influenced by environmental, physiological, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and developmental changes.  The person responds to these changes and challenges through the use of internal and external resources.  The individual is ultimately responsible for the quality of his/her health and life.

The environment is dynamic, diverse, and includes physical surroundings as well as interaction processes in nursing; there is mutual interaction between the environment and society, communities, families, and individuals.  It is influenced, and is affected by economics, culture, political change, geographic location, demographics, and education.  Nursing education is continually evolving to reflect local community health needs and current health trends.

Nursing is a caring, rational activity, which uses the nursing process and applies social and biological sciences to promote holistic patient/client well-being.  Communication has a key role in this process.  Nurses have a commitment to accept the intrinsic value of individuals and the inherent worth of human life.  Nursing behaviors are protective, nurturing, and generative, and are extended to patients/clients as individual, family, and community.

Health is a biopsychosocial state, which fluctuates depending upon the person and environmental influences across the lifespan.

Teaching and Learning is a collaborative and creative process that prepares individuals to function as responsible, professional nurses.  It is shared responsibility and a lifelong commitment which results in behavioral changes in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.  Teachers provide leadership by functioning as role models to influence student behavior.  Learning is best achieved by active involvement in goal directed activity.

Nursing Education is a process that utilizes a curriculum incorporating theory, technology, evidence-base principles, and re-enforced practice and skills to prepare responsible individuals for all aspects of patient care.  It is the nursing process that provides the basis for critical thinking.  The curriculum integrates a process whereby a student uses critical thinking skills and builds those skills using a paradigm of simple to complex.

The IVCC Associate Degree nursing graduate is prepared to function as a care provider and coordinator/manager of care within the scope of practice defined by the Illinois Nursing Act.  The Associate Degree Nursing graduate is prepared to function as a team member with more experienced nurses as well as a delegator of functions to the practical nurse or nursing assistant.  He/she applies the nursing process toward the achievement of optimum holistic well-being of patients/clients.  The client well-being is likewise the concern of the IVCC Practical Nurse graduate who is prepared to function under the direction of a registered professional nurse in the application of the nursing process within the scope of practice defined by the Illinois Nursing Act.