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Mission, Vision and Program Learning Outcomes

Mission​

The Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing Program supports the mission of Brookhaven College and is dedicated to student success. The program is committed to preparing a caring, competent, professional nurse who is a successful practitioner, providing holistic care to a diverse population in an urban setting.

Vision

To be a nursing education center of excellence producing competent and caring professional registered nurses who promote health and wellness in the Dallas Ft-Worth community.​

American With Disabilities Act, ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, of 1990 was enacted by Congress to prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Schools of nursing, like other state- and federally-funded entities, are required to comply with the stipulations of the ADA. The ADA defines a qualified individual as an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires. In addition, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in admissions of a qualified person with disabilities.

ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of services, activities and functions needed in particular areas. Because the practice of nursing is an applied discipline that uses cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor elements, students must be able to perform the functions that are necessary for the safe practice of nursing. Included are:

  • The ability to think critically and make clinical decisions.
  • The ability to interact appropriately with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
  • The ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written forms, so that students can communicate nursing actions such as health teaching.
  • The ability to move in small places. Students need to be able to move in clients’ rooms and bathrooms, into and out of work spaces, access treatment areas, and obtain needed emergency equipment when indicated. While health care agencies must meet ADA physical access standards, potential clients and equipment may limit the amount of available space in which to move.
  • The ability to demonstrate gross- and fine-motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care such that the student can move and position clients in and out of bed, calibrate and use equipment, and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • The ability to hear well enough to monitor and assess the client’s health needs such as the client’s cries for help, alarms on equipment, emergency signals and heart, lung and bowel sounds via auscultation.
  • The ability to see well enough to observe and assess the client’s health status and changes in condition such that the student can see grimacing, movement, changes in skin color and other critical assessment data. Students must be able to read fine print for medication.
  • Tactile capability sufficient for physical assessment so that the student can successfully perform palpation, note changes in skin temperature, perform skills related to therapeutic activities and identify by touch other changes in client condition.
  • The ability to physically care for clients, such as bathing or lifting an average-size client.​

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the Brookhaven College Brookhaven College nursing program will be able to:

  • Pass the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). (Provider of Care, Member of the Profession)
  • Utilize critical thinking to provide competent nursing care across the life span utilizing problem solving methods. (Provider of Care)
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors and a holistic nursing approach. (Provider of Care)
  • Communicate therapeutically with clients, families, peers and other professionals. (Provider of Care)
  • Integrate the teaching-learning process to restore health and/or to provide end of life care for individuals and their families. (Provider of Care)
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively to resolve conflict in the health care environment (Coordinator of Care)
  • Delegate appropriate nursing care to other health care workers. (Coordinator of Care)
  • Manage material and human resources in a cost effective manner when caring for individuals and their families. (Coordinator of Care)
  • Practice within the ethical and legal framework of professional nursing. (Member of the Profession, Provider of Care)
  • Maintain accountability/responsibility for professional nursing values, behaviors and growth. (Member of the Profession, Provider of Care)
  • Integrate the body of nursing knowledge to provide safe care. (Provider of Care, Coordinator of Care, and Member of the Profession).
  • Continue nursing education at a four year institution. (Member of the Profession)