The Associate Degree Nursing program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree and allows the graduate to apply to take the state licensing exams for registered nursing and the jurisprudence exam.

A Registered Nurse (RN) is a professional member of the health care team managing and providing care to patients in a variety of settings.

The nursing practice of the LVN and RN differs in scope and depth of patient responsibilities.  Primary responsibilities of the RN include providing nursing care as well as supervising and coordinating the care given by others.

An RN must be able to work well  with others and respond to patient needs, perform basic math skills and complex procedures, set priorities, manage time, solve problems, think critically, communicate, and maintain accountability in the profession.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program requires a minimum of two years of study. A new class is selected each spring to begin the fall semester. An application process is required for admission to the ADN program. Applications will be available online beginning in 2016.

The ADN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 404-975-5000, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500 Atlanta, GA 30326.

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History

The Temple College Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) was approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) in 1992. The first class of 24 students started in the Fall of 1993 and graduated in May of 1995. All graduating students in the first class passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become Registered Nurses.

In March of 1996, a  team from the National League of Nurses (NLN) performed an on-site survey of the program. In June of 1996, the ADN program was accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).  This organization is now known as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  This accreditation was renewed in Spring of 2001 and 2009.

Clinical Sites

The Temple College Associate Degree Nursing Program uses several settings to provide the nursing students with a variety of clinical experiences.

Temple is a hospital intensive area with Baylor Scott and White Health, and the Central Texas Veteran’s Health Care System.

In addition to hospital based experiences, the ADN students complete rotations in various extended care facilities, community agencies, and home health agencies. All of these experiences help prepare the ADN student for the workplace environment.

Articulation Agreements

The Temple College Associate Degree in Nursing Program has articulation agreements with the following Universities:

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Grand Canyon University

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Western Governors University

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Temple College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program reflects the beliefs of the faculty and provides the foundation for the nursing program.  The ADN philosophy is congruent with the institution’s mission statement by providing quality education to prepare ADN graduates capable of meeting licensure by examination requirements and providing entry-level employment as a registered nurse to the diverse community served by Temple College.

The faculty recognizes the holistic nature of the individual with biological (physical being), psychological (mind), and social (relationship with others) dimensions.  These dimensions are interrelated to create the whole; when one dimension changes, other dimensions may be affected.  The individual is understood to be a dynamic being with varying capacity to meet their needs. Each individual has the right to be actively involved in a plan to meet their needs.  When active involvement is not possible, the individual is entitled to assistance in a caring manner.

Nursing is a profession in which caring behaviors are provided by interaction with the client in response to actual or potential unmet needs. Caring behaviors are those practices that demonstrate the nurse’s altruistic concern for the welfare of the patient.  The nurse provides caring behaviors by performing in the roles of provider of care, patient safety advocate, member of the healthcare team, and profession member.  These roles may be performed in a variety of settings.  These roles integrate both scientific and humanistic experiences.  The five steps of the nursing process, assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation, are utilized as the method to promote critical thinking to integrate scientific principles with humanistic experiences through critical thinking processes.  In the patient care setting, clinical reasoning is implemented using the five steps of the nursing process, assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The nurse is accountable for performance in these roles not only to one’s self and the profession, but also to a local, national and global society.

Nursing education consists of experiences, both didactic and practicum, that develop the individual’s potential to provide quality care. The foundation for these experiences is derived from scientific and humanistic concepts and principles.  The faculty facilitates learning opportunities that provide the student exposure to knowledge, skills, technology, and values necessary for professional nursing practice. Traditional and innovative learning opportunities draw from and build on each other to provide progression in the development of nursing roles.  Course work specific to nursing and the general core curriculum, as outlined by the College, comprises the formal education plan for the associate degree nursing student.

Learning is viewed as a continuing process involving cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.  Learning in the nursing program is dependent on faculty-student interaction.  The faculty has the responsibility for guiding the learner to experiences that will assist them in meeting the objectives of the nursing program.  The student has the responsibility for acquiring the knowledge, values and skills necessary to meet the objectives of the nursing program.  Both participants have the responsibility for creating and participating in a learning climate that fosters the maximum development of each student’s potential.  This focus recognizes that learning beyond the formal educational setting is essential and does not stop upon completion of the formal learning plan.

The nursing curriculum incorporates the following concepts: the individual is a holistic, dynamic being with varying capacity to meet their needs; nursing interacts with the individual in response to unmet needs by utilizing critical thinking processes to provide caring behaviors; the nurse performs in the roles of provider of care, patient safety advocate, member of the healthcare team , and profession member.  Inherent within these concepts is the importance of communication in a variety of forms.

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Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework of Temple College’s Associate Degree Nursing program reflects the philosophy’s major concepts: the individual is a holistic being with varying capacity to meet their needs; nursing interacts with the individual in response to unmet needs by utilizing critical thinking processes to provide caring behaviors; the nurse performs in the roles of provider of care, patient safety advocate, member of the healthcare team, and profession member. Inherent within these concepts is the importance of communication in a variety of forms.

Holistic individual Each person is a unique integration of biological, psychological and social dimensions; the unified whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Biological dimension The portion of the individual that is represented by the physical being: the body.
Psychological dimension The portion of the individual that is represented by the mind; the capacity for thinking, emotions, and spirituality.
Social dimension The portion of the individual that is represented by the individual’s relationship with others.  These relationships exist in a diverse environment.  Contributing to this diversity are characteristics such as (but not limited to) culture, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status.
Need That which is necessary, useful or desirable to maintain life.  For one who is in a terminally ill state of life and/or involved in the dying process, the quality of life may become the focus.
Caring behaviors Those practices that demonstrate the nurse’s altruistic concern for the welfare of the patient.  Caring behaviors are integrated from both scientific and humanistic experiences through the use of critical thinking processes in the performance of nursing roles.
Patient/Client An individual, family, or group who interacts with the nurse in response to actual or potential unmet needs; the recipient of care.
Critical thinking processes Problem identification and problem solving processes which incorporate communication, evidence, experience, observations, reflection, and reasoning to integrate scientific and humanistic considerations in deciding on conclusions and guiding behavior.
Clinical reasoning A form of critical thinking focused on providing patient-centered care.  The nursing process, a form of clinical reasoning is used to provide patient care.
Nursing process A method of thinking critically that consists of a series of planned steps and actions to integrate scientific with humanistic experiences.  The nursing process has five steps:  assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation.
Provider of patient-centered care The Associate Degree Nurse functions as a provider of patient-centered care by applying the steps of the nursing process to formulate and deliver patient-centered nursing care.
Patient safety advocate The Associate Degree Nurse  promotes and provides a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
Member of the healthcare team The Associate Degree Nurse collaborates with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide, organize, and facilitate quality care.
Profession member The Associate Degree Nurse is committed to professional growth, continuous learning, self-development, practicing within the ethical and legal framework of nursing.  The nurse is also accountable for ensuring high standards of nursing practice to include the utilization of evidence based nursing.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize critical thinking processes as a basis for professional practice.
  2. Provide and advocate for the safety of self and others.
  3. Act as an advocate in providing quality holistic, patient-centered care to a diverse population.
  4. Collaborate with the patient and interdisciplinary healthcare team to facilitate quality patient-centered care.
  5. Communicate effectively in performance of professional roles.
  6. Practice nursing within a legal-ethical framework consistent with nursing practice standards.

Program Outcomes

  1. NCLEX-RN pass rates will be eighty percent or higher.
  2. Eighty Percent or greater of graduates will be gainfully employed within 6 months of graduation.
  3. Eighty percent or greater of admitted students will complete the program within 150% of time to degree.

All Temple College ADN Program Outcomes were met in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Program Completion NCLEX Pass Rate
Employment
88.4% 81.71% 87%
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