Nursing Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide quality nursing education to prepare students as entry level nurses to meet the nursing needs of the community. The Department of Nursing functions within the Department of Academic Education to deliver a traditional campus-based curriculum leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. The Northwest Department of Nursing Associate Degree Program is committed to achieving the following goals: educate student nurses to provide safe patient-centered care that demonstrate excellence in current nursing practice through professionalism, knowledge, caring and competence; provide quality didactic, laboratory, and clinical learning environments that foster success in a diverse student and graduate population; employ a consistent process of policy administration to foster a service/learning relationship with students; advocate for resources, including technology, that enhance nursing education; and comply with standards of regulatory agencies, evaluate through program outcomes and satisfaction, and revise to assure program effectiveness.

The Department of Nursing meets the educational, employment, career, cultural, and special needs of its students and the community through the offering of:

  • Partnerships with community and healthcare facilities and universities
  • Highly technical simulation and skills laboratories
  • Student support through nursing Student Navigator assistance, student advising, remediation and HURST review
  • Professional career preparation through nursing seminar class and Student Nurses Association membership
  • Support and recognition of achievement in Alpha Delta Nu nursing honor society and nursing scholarships
  • Seamless nursing education advancement opportunities through LPN advanced placement options and LPN IV certification practicum