Mission, Core Values, and Program Objectives
The Mission of Bucks County Community College is to provide to the County’s diverse population of learners comprehensive educational, training, and cultural opportunities that are accessible, affordable and convenient, and that will equip them to be successful and effective in their work and as citizens of the world.
The Core Values of BCCC and the Practical Nursing Department are:
- Respect for the individual
- Continuous learning, which fosters success in and out of the classroom
- Excellence in teaching and the work we do
- Responsiveness and open-mindedness
- Collaboration with colleagues, business leaders, community members, and other educators
- Responsible stewardship of resources
- Excellence in service to our students, the community, and each other
- A culture that fosters continuous improvement
The foundations of the program are based upon the scope of practice and functions of the Practical Nurse as set forth by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Professional Code 21.145. The State Board specifies expected outcomes for new graduates from approved and accredited practical nursing educational programs.
The expected outcome competencies of the Practical Nursing Program are to prepare an individual who will be eligible to apply for licensure as a practical nurse, and function ethically, legally, safely, and holistically in caring for the basic human needs of patients of all ages
Graduates of practical nursing programs function under the direction of professional nurses, physicians and dentists. Practical Nursing is an integral part of all nursing. The primary role of the practical nurse is to provide nursing care utilizing clinical judgment, critical thinking, and a sound knowledge base to provide safe care for a diverse patient population. As a member of the discipline of nursing, practical nurses actively participate and subscribe to the legal and ethical scope of practice for the profession.
The goal of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare Practical Nurses, who, under the direction of the registered nurse, physician or dentist, can provide competent patient care in any setting where nursing takes place.
Upon completion, the Graduate Practical Nurse will be able to:
- Utilize the nursing process to provide a comprehensive nursing plan of care.
- Demonstrate application of theory learned to the clinical setting.
- Employ ethical, legal, and leadership principles in all aspects of Practical Nursing within scope of the Practical Nurse Practice Law and the Practical Nursing Code of Ethics.
- Function as an effective and cooperative member of the health care team.
- Practice effective communication skills with patients, family, and other health care personnel.
- Acknowledge one’s own responsibility for continued personal and professional growth by reading current literature, actively participating in workshops, seminars, professional nursing organizations, and continued education in nursing.
- Accept faculty as facilitators of learning while taking accountability for one’s own success in program.
- Provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients holistically in any setting where nursing takes place.
- Meet the eligibility requirements for the National Council License Examination for Practical Nurses.