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Mission & Philosophy of the Nursing Program

The Community College of Rhode Island is the state's only public associate degree registered nursing program with seamless options to become a certified nursing assistant and licensed practical nurse.  We provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for developing effective communication, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and teamwork/collaboration skills. Building upon a rich tradition of teaching excellence and high academic and collegial standards, our faculty and staff are committed to developing a strong, responsive, and diverse nursing workforce aimed at advancing the health of our communities, state, and nation.

 

Core Organizing Concepts

  • Patient-centered Care
  • Nursing Judgment (Evidence-based Practice)
  • Safety & Quality Improvement
  • Professional Identity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Informatics and Technology

 

Program Philosophy

Nursing is an art and science reflective of and responsive to an ever-changing healthcare environment. Nursing professionals utilize clinical judgment, quality improvement, informatics, teamwork and collaboration to provide safe, culturally-competent, patient-centered care. The goal of the professional nurse is to protect, promote, and restore comfort and health throughout the lifespan.

Education as a life-long, interactive process provides the opportunity for the adult learner to develop personally, socially, and intellectually. The adult learner’s previous life experiences and knowledge provide a foundation for acquiring new knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) prepares the graduate for entry into professional nursing practice. As a registered nurse generalist the ADN graduate leads, manages, and provides direct care to individuals, families, and groups across various healthcare environments. 

 

Program Outcomes

ACEN Accreditation

The Community College of Rhode Island's associate degree in Nursing program is accredited by
the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404-975-5000.

Continuing Accreditation for Associate Degree in Nursing:
Last evaluation visit: September 27-29, 2011; Most recent action: March 2012; Next evaluation visit: Fall 2019.

CCRI Nursing Program Data
* 2015 Job Placement Data available 7/2016
  Associate's Degree in Nursing Practical Nurse
Graduation Rates as of 5/31/16 82% 94%
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates as of 12/31/15 87% 100%
Job Placement Rates as of 12/31/14* 89% 71%

The Community College of Rhode Island is the state's only practical nursing program and associate degree nursing program.  We provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth within the nursing program.  Building upon a rich tradition of teaching excellence and high academic and collegial standards, our diverse faculty and staff are devoted to fostering creativity, critical thinking skills and competencies in nursing practice.  Our high academic standards, while necessary for career success, are responsive to needs of the community, the state of Rhode Island, and the profession of Nursing.

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Last Updated: 9/28/16