Nursing Department

 
Mission
The mission of the Department of Nursing is congruent with the mission of the College. Access and excellence are hallmarks of the College and the department. The faculty agrees that education has the power to positively transform the lives of individuals. We are committed to excellence in nursing education. Access to a nursing career is increased by providing students a choice of opportunities among its various nursing programs. 

The department promotes success in a nursing career by assessing the readiness of its graduates throughout the educational experience. It is the goal of nursing faculty to ensure that our graduates know success, employ their skills and help enrich their community, our nation and the world. We support lifelong learning and embrace career mobility. Our licensed graduates can articulate with the AAS and the baccalaureate nursing programs through the newly approved Dual Degree Program in the Department of Nursing. Graduates from the AAS program can articulate with the baccalaureate nursing program for one semester until New York State licensure is achieved.

The programs are congruent with the College’s mission by providing degree programs with clear articulation between them. The college has a commitment to students who desire self-improvement, a sound education, an opportunity to develop a personal value system and an opportunity to gain maximum benefits from life experience and from their environment. (Mission Statement College Catalog Year 2013).  The nursing programs promote this mission by being "committed to excellence in nursing education ensuring that our graduates have the skills to enrich their communities.
 
About the Department of Nursing
Nursing is intellectually stimulating, challenging and will provides many opportunities for specialization and advancement. Whether it is caring for clients in a hospital, the community, working with the elderly or children, or engaging in research to improve health care, teaching clients or students, or using advanced technology to improve health care systems, nursing is fulfilling. These opportunities are just a few avenues one can pursue in a nursing career. Medgar Evers College can help individuals to become a nurse, or to continue to climb the career by pursuing education in nursing to the BSN level.

The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science (BSN) Degree Program, an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Program and a Certificate in Practical Nursing (CPN) Program. Jointly, these three programs of study are designed to:
  1. Provide a three step career ladder in nursing education.
  2. Reflect the awareness of the holistic health care needs of the residents of Central Brooklyn, adjacent communities and New York City.
  3. Ensure the graduate's readiness for entry into the rapidly changing inner city urban health care delivery system.
  4. Provide advancement in professional nursing leadership.
  5. Maintain academic excellence and encourage life-long learning.
  6. Prepare the graduate for the rapidly changing health care delivery environment and higher education in nursing.
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING PHILOSOPHY:
The Philosophy of the Department of Nursing is congruent with the mission, goals, and objectives of the College. Faculty members of the Department of Nursing believe in preparing students for technical (PN, AAS) and professional (BS) nursing practice. The faculty is committed to preparing students for practice to meet the health and social needs of the diverse population of our local community and a global society of the 21st century. The Department of Nursing aspires to propel its graduates into the ever expanding horizons of the nursing profession to become a springboard for the attainment of higher academic and professional goals. The faculty further subscribes to the idea that human beings, health, nursing, education, and society represent the organizing framework in developing the curriculum for individual and family centered practice.

About Education
That education has evolved in response to the unique learning needs of our diverse student population. 
Teaching is directed toward facilitating learning through interactive communication and guided experiences in the acquisition of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills. Nursing faculty are committed to providing an environment that fosters inquiry, critical thinking, technological preparedness, opportunities for personal growth based on ethical, legal and moral standards, professional development and career mobility. We believe in the diversity of the student population because of its potential for enriching the community. Therefore, we have developed a curricular approach that provides for a variety of learning modalities that facilitate and encourages adult learners to attain their educational goals through excellence in nursing education.

About Human Beings
That each member of society is a unique human being with basic needs and the potential for individual growth and development. These needs, which are biological, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual, motivate individuals to progress to a higher level of development. We believe that individuals constantly interact with their external environment, including families and communities resulting in dynamic and continuous adjustments in a culturally diverse environment.

About Society...
That society has the responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons. Individuals, families, groups, and communities constantly interact with their environment, which influences the way society transmits culture and values through language, the arts, and social organizations. As population patterns change, environmental adjustments become necessary to address the needs of demographically and culturally diverse populations.

About Health...
That scientific advances, technology, political and economic factors have created a marked impact on the delivery of health care services leading to a shift toward disease prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance. Therefore, the goal of optimum health of individuals, families, and communities can be achieved through education that enables them to make informed choices about their health care needs. We also believe in access and availability of adequate health care for all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic factors. Through collaboration, health care providers can monitor and influence, as appropriate, the environment to attain healthier communities. Clients have the right to receive information concerning their health care, as well as, the right to participate in decisions affecting it. Healthcare providers must respect these decisions as they assist clients to adjust and adapt to their wellness-illness continuum in a constantly changing environment.

About Nursing...
That nursing, as a dynamic, educative and therapeutic process, involves critical thinking, decision-making, and caring in providing health services to individuals, families, groups and communities. The discipline of nursing, with professional and technical components, is governed by the standards established by the profession and operates within the legal parameters of the nurse practice acts. The prepared in a practical nursing program earns a certificate and provides nursing services under the direction of the registered nurse. The nurse prepared at the associate degree level provides technical nursing care to clients in a variety of structured healthcare settings in collaboration with of the professional nurse and other members of interdisciplinary healthcare team. The nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level is a generalist practitioner. In our view, differences exist in the characteristics of each program, in its goals, objectives, competencies, and outcomes, which are designed to reflect programmatic uniqueness.

Please note that all CUNY nursing departments will require applicants for admission into nursing clinical settings to provide documentation to show proof of one of the following categories:
  1. U.S. Citizenship;
  2. Permanent Residency;
  3. International student with F1 Status;
  4. Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government.
The CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling to all CUNY students regarding immigration status (http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html).
The School of Nursing is located at 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11225, at the intersection of Crown St. and Bedford Ave. in Medgar Evers College “A” building (School of Science, Health and Technology). The Department of Nursing is located on the second floor, Room 213. Visit the college to explore the opportunities that exist here.