At Hiram College, our strong liberal arts core merges the art and the science of nursing. We are committed to educating nursing students through classroom instruction, clinical experiences, hands-on learning and courses in ethics and the humanities. Students develop a strong knowledge base, a warm and caring bedside manner and a comprehensive understanding of patient care preparing them to be ethical, compassionate leaders in the healthcare community.
The College’s unique academic calendar – The Hiram Plan – lends itself to nursing students gaining unique experiences during the 3-Week intensive period:
- study abroad trips
- intensive domestic health care experiences
- evidence-based research practicum
Students participate in clinical experience in a broad range of areas including: adult nursing, pediatrics, parent-newborn nursing, gerontology, community health, psychiatric mental health nursing, and critical care nursing. Many types of health care agencies are utilized for clinical experience, including large medical centers, community acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health agencies and specialty facilities such as children’s hospitals and psychiatric mental health facilities. The clinical experiences in the last three years of the nursing program are intended to contribute toward an understanding of how to improve overall health care outcomes.
The mission of the Department of Nursing at Hiram College is to prepare clinically competent, ethically grounded, socially and culturally responsible professional nurses who are prepared to think critically and participate as leaders in the delivery of health and nursing care. The liberal arts tradition prepares students to think analytically and respond holistically. This tradition, grounded in the understanding that knowledge is interrelated and interdisciplinary, prepares persons to be keen and critical observers of the world, identifying issues, determining alternatives, and participating in solutions. These skills, combined with knowledge and skills in the discipline of nursing, are essential to the preparation of individuals ready to serve as professional nurses.
Honoring the college’s historic tradition of preparing students to serve the world, the nursing program’s mission is guided by a global vision of nursing preparation and clinical practice rooted in democratic values and ideals. Professional nurses must be agents of change who recognize the societal purpose of nursing and who work collaboratively within the knowledge of the discipline of nursing to transform society. These professional nurses will value diversity, exhibit ethical behavior, promote social justice, and recognize and act on the belief that all individuals deserve safe, competent and compassionate nursing care.
We believe that nursing is a professional discipline that has its primary purpose to respond to the societal mandate of achieving maximum human health through the provision of nursing care and comfort. Professional nursing practice encompasses a distinct, theoretical body of knowledge drawn from the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and biological sciences. Nursing practice is both an art and a science, and clinical competence reflects a unique blending of the two. Intellectual skills of inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving are required as well as autonomy, accountability, professional development and leadership.
The delivery of professional nursing practice is multi-faceted. It is accomplished within a problem-solving framework known as Nursing Process and Evidence-based Practice. Nursing Process involves assessment, diagnosis and planning, intervention, and evaluation of individuals, families, groups and communities. Evidence-based Practice includes identification of patient population, intervention of interest, intervention comparison, and expected outcomes.
A goal of the nursing program is to prepare nurses with the ability to establish interpersonal relationships, use therapeutic communication and empower humans as individuals, families, groups, and communities to seek maximum health and quality of life. Professional nurses have the responsibility to advance the profession through embodiment of the profession’s Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice, by contributing to the discipline’s body of knowledge, and by employing ethical values and behaviors to promote human dignity and social justice in a political, socio-cultural, economic, and global environment.