Nursing Department [M-401]
Nursing Program Information
Kingsborough Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers a Nursing Program that is approved by the New York State Education Department. This nursing education program is a accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. The graduate receives an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN.) Additional information about this examination can be found at http://www.ncsbn.org.
Nursing Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Nursing Program at Kingsborough Community College is to develop competent Professional Nurses who are eligible for licensure. An appropriate balance between general education and Nursing courses prepares students with the competencies to provide safe, caring, patient-centered, evidenced-based Nursing care to culturally diverse populations. Graduates are prepared for entry into practice, articulation with institutions of higher learning, and engagement in life-long learning. The administration and faculty are committed to offering a superior education to Nursing students that will prepare them to practice as Professional Nurses in accordance with national standards.
Nursing Program Outcomes
At a minimum, the Kingsborough Community College Nursing Program will achieve the following outcomes:
• NCLEX pass rate for all first-time test takers in the same calendar year will be at least 80%
• At least 55% of graduates will have completed the Clinical Component of the program within 3 years of beginning Clinical Nursing courses.
• 50% of graduates will be employed in a position requiring an RN license within six-twelve months after completing the Program.
• 50% of graduates enter a BSN program within six-twelve months after completing the Program.
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Kingsborough Community College Nursing Program, utilizing the Nursing Process in a variety of health care settings to a diverse population of patients, the student:
• Organizes Nursing care to provide a safe patient environment.
• Incorporates the utilization of informatics principles and technology systems while providing Nursing care.
• Prioritizes nursing interventions to provide caring, patient-centered Nursing care.
• Integrates evidence-based Nursing practice into nursing care.
• Integrates critical thinking/clinical reasoning strategies when providing nursing care.
• Assimilates the use of effective communication techniques while engaging in teamwork and collaboration with members of the interprofessional team.
• Develops appropriate leadership/ management strategies to provide patient care in an effort to attain improved patient outcomes.
• Supports ethical and legal principles relevant to the practice of a registered nurse
To realize the Nursing Program's Mission, Program Outcomes, Student Learning Outcomes, and Role Specific Graduate Competencies the curriculum is grounded in recognized contemporary professional standards, guidelines and competencies which include ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria for Associate Degree Nursing, ANA Standards of Nursing Practice, New York State Nurse Practice Act, National Council of State Boards for Nursing's (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN Test Plan Categories of Client Needs, The Joint Commission (TJC) National Patient Safety Goals (2015), and Quality and Safety for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies.
The QSEN Competencies of Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork & Collaboration, Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement, Safety and Informatics together with the NCLEX-RN Categories of Client Needs provide the major unifying themes for application of the Nursing Process and for content and student learning throughout the curriculum. These are introduced in the first semester of the Nursing Program's Clinical Component and are applied at increasingly complex levels in successive semesters in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. The Program Student Learning Outcomes organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction and learning activities, and are used to evaluate student progress. The Nursing curriculum and Course Student Learning Outcomes advance from simple to complex utilizing Bloom's revised Taxonomy of Learning Objectives.
The Nursing faculty integrates Knowles Theory of Adult Education in applying educational theory appropriate for student learning. This theory promotes the development of critical thinking, clinical judgment and the delivery of excellence in patient-centered care to adult students who make up the major demographic in the Nursing Program.
In order to be licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State you must:
• Be of good moral character.
• Be at least eighteen years of age.
• Meet professional education and examination requirements.
All licensed professional registered nurses must adhere to rules of professional conduct. The New York State Education Law includes definitions of professional misconduct and the Board of Regents has rules defining unprofessional conduct. The New York State Education Department (SED), Office of the Professions investigates all applicants who have a prior criminal conviction(s) and/or pending criminal charges (felony or misdemeanor). Following its investigation, a determination will be made as to the applicant's eligibility for licensure. Additional information can be obtained at http://www.op.nysed.gov
Graduates of the KCC nursing program who pass the NCLEX-RN examination and obtain New York Registered Professional Nurse licensure can seek employment as a registered nurse in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, home care and other community-based locations. The license to practice enables you to obtain a position working in such areas as medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and maternity.
Information about nursing as a career as well as job opportunities and scholarship information can be obtained from the American Nurses Association. Other useful resources include: the National Student Nurse Association; Discover Nursing; the Transcultural Nursing Society the National Black Nurses Association, and the National Hispanic Nurses Association.
The faculty and staff at Kingsborough Community College are ready to support your education and professional growth. Nursing courses are taught by masters and doctoral prepared registered nurses who have many years of clinical practice experience. The Nursing Club is a campus organization that provides opportunities for support, assistance and collaboration for Pre-Clinical and Clinical Nursing students. The Nursing Club can be contacted at 718 368-5522.
The nursing profession calls for lifelong learning. To support your educational advancement, The KCC Nursing Program has articulation agreements with a number of colleges in the New York metropolitan area. These agreements allow you to easily transfer credits towards completing a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. Information regarding these agreements is available to the students in the Nursing Office at 718 368-5522.