Nursing at Wake Tech Community College
Nursing is one of the most exciting and challenging professions in health care and there has never been a better time to be a nurse. Nursing is considered the ‘most trusted’ profession according to a recent Gallup Poll survey where the public ranked different professions based on their honesty and ethical standard. In fact, nurses have retained this respected ranking for the last 13 of 14 years (ANA, 2013). The WTCC Department of Nursing is pleased that you are interested in our program.
The WTCC Department of Nursing offers several different options for student interested in becoming a nurse:
- The Associate Degree Nursing program of study provides students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
- The Associate Degree Nursing – Advanced Placement is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who seek to further their education and advance in the profession. The curriculum builds on the practical nursing foundation by broadening theoretical knowledge, enhancing nursing skills, and increasing critical thinking to coincide with role change responsibilities at the Associate Degree Nursing level. The program starts once a year in the summer semester.
- The Triangle Triad Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Option is a four year program and is offered in collaboration with Winston-Salem State University. An Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is awarded at the end of the third year from Wake Technical Community College and a Baccalaureate in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University at the end of year four.
The WTCC Department of Nursing is proud of our reputation in the community for preparing excellent, well-qualified nurses. Our goal is to prepare graduates with entry level competencies to practice as RN’s in a variety of settings.
The WTCC Department of Nursing faculty supports the College’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Accountability, as well as the 7 core values of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Outcomes & Competency Model which includes: Caring, Diversity, Ethics, Excellence, Holism, Integrity, and Patient-Centeredness. Faculty beliefs about individuals, health care, nursing and nursing education provide the framework for nursing education at Wake Technical Community College. These beliefs are congruent with the 2010 NLN Program Outcomes (Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and Spirit of Inquiry), Integrating Concepts and Core Values.
Faculty assists students by facilitating their clinical practice in dynamic healthcare environments in the surrounding community. We offer simulated learning experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation learning lab. While in simulation the student will have the opportunity to work closely with nursing faculty while providing care to our ‘patients’. Depending on the student’s learning needs and the course objectives, our ‘patients’ can display many problems commonly seen in a hospital setting. The high fidelity manikins will talk, display changes in vital signs and even bleed if the situation arises. Advanced audio-visual equipment is installed in every room for recording the learning experience. Simulation offers the student the opportunity to practice nursing skills and clinical decision making in a safe learning environment.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Wake Technical Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate will be expected to:
- Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
- Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.
- Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
- Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
- Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
- Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
- Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
- Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
- Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
- Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes