Welcome to the Nursing Department, located on the beautiful 100 acre wooded campus of South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia Washington. Our website will help you find information about our program, the department's features and faculty, and provide guides to help you plan for a career in nursing.
Nursing Program Mission
The College’s mission is supported by the mission, values, and philosophy of the Department of Nursing. The mission of the South Puget Sound Community College Department of Nursing is to provide the community with an educational program of the highest quality by preparing men and women to become competent entry level nurses and preparing students to become lifelong learners.
Nursing Program Philosophy
We believe that nursing excellence is a transformative educational process of men and women, for the profession of nursing, health of the community, and global awareness.
Nursing Program Values
South Puget Sound Community College Nursing Program values are:
• Competence. We strive to promote excellence in nursing education and to continually improve our program to meet community needs.
• Communication, Civility, and Collegiality. We promote open and respectful communication. We conduct ourselves in professional manner that promotes civility and collegiality.
• Cooperation and Collaboration. We work collaboratively with on-campus and off-campus communities to identify changes occurring in healthcare and global nursing practice. We enhance our program utilizing innovative strategies that enhance and prepare students in the nursing profession for the future.
• Compassion. We encourage compassion and value diversity in our ever changing community, while advocating for a healthier community.
• Caring and Commitment. We provide a caring atmosphere that promotes student success. We are committed to assisting our students to achieve their goals.
• Excellence. “Creating and implementing transformative strategies with daring ingenuity. A culture of excellence reflects a commitment to continuous growth, improvement, and understanding. It is a culture where transformation is embraced, and the status quo and mediocrity are not tolerated” (NLN, 2007 p 12.).
Nursing Program Learning Outcomes
The nursing faculty at South Puget Sound Community College has developed seven nursing program outcomes in five focused areas:
1) The graduate integrates advocacy, attention to the client’s support systems, culture, heritage, spirituality, human needs, and developmental stages into the practice of nursing.
2) The graduate uses critical thinking skills to integrate nursing theory, psychomotor skills, and affective behaviors into the nursing process, with the end result being competent clinical judgments.
3) The graduate uses verbal and/or non-verbal interactions between and among the nurse, client, support systems, and members of the health care team.
Safety & Quality
4) The graduate integrates quality practices, standards of practice, current safety standards, and technologies to minimize risks to clients, self, and others.
5) The graduate analyzes the health/illness continuum including health promotion, health maintenance, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, and illness care in a variety of settings.
6) The graduate integrates legal, regulatory, and ethical standards into a variety of nursing roles, including manager of care and collaborator of care.
7) The graduate recognizes the importance of continuing competency and articulation to BSN and higher education.
What You'll Do Here
South Puget Sound Community College offers two educational pathways in nursing. You can take the quarter long Nurse Assistant program, or the two-year Registered Nurse (RN) program which has a practical nurse (PN) option.
SPSCC's Nursing Program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission and conditionally approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.