Nursing Programs offer a path to rewarding employment with growing job opportunities. At Maine College of Health Professions, nursing students attend classes, train in state-of-the-art simulation labs, and take care of patients of all ages in a variety of clinical settings. Students gain in-depth and hands-on experience in the full spectrum of patient care, including maternity, long-term care, pediatrics, surgery, critical care, rehabilitation, mental health, post-surgery, and cardiac care. With options to pursue an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor of Science, or C.N.A. in Nursing, students at every career stage can advance within their field. The primary objective of an MCHP education is to graduate nurses who are well-trained and demonstrate the knowledge, concepts, and skills to become a Registered Nurse.
The mission of the Nursing College is to:
- Educate individuals to be competent, knowledgeable, and capable nurses who enhance positive patient outcomes;
- Offer education opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and communities;
- Guide individuals in the development of critical thinking skills;
- Kindle an ongoing desire to learn;
- Strengthen students’ capacity to reason and make effective decisions as members of health care teams.
In order to graduate from a nursing program at MCHP, students should expect to achieve the following:
- Practice nursing within prescribed ethical and legal frameworks.
- Promote high standards of nursing practice.
- Assess and take action to meet the need for self-development and life-long learning.
- Demonstrate accountability for nursing care given by self and/or delegated to others.
- Protect confidential information.
- Utilize therapeutic communication skills when interacting with clients and families.
- Communicate relevant, accurate and complete information in a concise and clear manner, using appropriate channels.
- Assess the impact of developmental, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual influences on the client’s health status.
- Assess the client’s health status by performing a physical, cognitive, psychosocial and functional assessment.
- Assess the strengths, resources and needs of clients within the context of their community.
- Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe care.
- Analyze and utilize assessment data to plan care.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of care provided in meeting client outcomes.
- Modify client care as indicated by the evaluation of outcomes.
- Use evidence-based information to support clinical decision-making.
- Perform nursing skills competently.
- Provide a safe physical and psychosocial environment for the client.
- Demonstrate commitment toward the client, significant support person(s), peers and other members of the healthcare team.
- Adapt care in consideration of the client’s values, customs, culture and/or habits.
- Assist the client to achieve optimal comfort and functioning.
Teaching & Learning
- Develop an individualized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
- Teach the client and family the information and skills needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.
- Evaluate the progress of the client and family toward achievement of identified learning outcomes and modify as needed.
- Coordinate the decision-making process with the client, family and other members of the healthcare team.
- Collaborate with the client, family and other healthcare professionals in evaluating client’s progress.
- Prioritize client care.
- Coordinate the implementation of an individualized plan of care.
- Adapt care to changing healthcare environments and management systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge of current technologies.
- Eligible to take the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN).
- Prepared to enter the field as a qualified healthcare professional.