Practical Nursing Mission and Philosophy

The mission, philosophy and core values provide a framework for faculty and students to work together to achieve student learning outcomes.

The mission of nursing faculty at Alexandria Technical & Community College is to provide students with an exceptional education that will prepare them for entry-level nursing practice. This is accomplished through innovative and evidence-based curriculum. The faculty is committed to promoting caring, integrity, diversity, student success, community service, and life-long learning.

The philosophy of the nursing faculty is that nursing is a dynamic, caring profession that provides an essential service to society. Nursing is devoted to promoting, maintaining, and restoring health of individuals and families across the lifespan. Nursing care is provided with equity and without regard to differences in patient culture, background or social status.

Professional values guide interactions with individuals, families and the health care team. Nurses demonstrate professional behaviors of caring, meeting healthcare needs of patients and families, assuming legal responsibility for care provided and adhering to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics, demonstrating professional identity and accountability.

The core values of the nursing faculty are based on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates and include the following:

  • Caring
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Excellence
  • Holism
  • Integrity
  • Patient-centeredness
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; that is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson