Nursing Department

The nursing department at Florida College prepares students to serve their Creator and humanity in the field of nursing. The mission of the nursing degree is to educate nurse generalists to optimize the health and wellness of diverse communities. The faculty are committed to developing reflective, caring students who demonstrate professional behavior and commitment to lifelong learning. Students are challenged to become responsible decision-makers providing Christian leadership as professional nurses accountable for their actions.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Florida College admitted the first student cohort in the Fall of 2021. The Florida College Nursing Program received approval from the Florida Board of Nursing in December 2020. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved the Florida College Nursing Program in June 2021. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Florida College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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BSN Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate effective communication in many forms (e.g., verbal, nonverbal, written, and technological) with individuals, families, groups, communities, and members of the health care team.

Provide leadership to enhance advocacy and advance the profession to meet healthcare needs of society and quality improvement.

Provide culturally and spiritually competent care within the scope of nursing that meets the needs of patients from diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds with consideration for current healthcare issues in a dynamic and global community.

Practice safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care based on best evidence to improve patient outcomes while incorporating knowledge from a liberal arts education and continued learning.

Demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability in making ethical decisions through adherence to professional standards to fulfill the roles of provider of care (POC), designer/manager/coordinator of care (MOC), and member of a profession (MOP).

Utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment to implement the nursing process in professional nursing practice.

Experiential Learning

Simulation Center

Florida College nursing students have access to state-of-the-art high-fidelity mannequins, one adult and one newborn/infant. The simulation/skills labs have two intermediate mannequins. High-fidelity simulations allow students to develop and practice their nursing skills (cognitive, motor, and critical thinking) in a safe environment without endangering patients. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has been studying simulation since 2010. Prior to 2010, simulation was used as supplement to clinical hours; simulation has been increasingly substituted for clinical hours since 2017. A large NCSBN study yielded support for the use of high-fidelity simulation to clinical at 1:1, for up to 50 percent of clinical hours. The study found end-of-program nursing knowledge, clinical competency, or readiness for practice were equivalent in the control and simulation groups. State boards of nursing regulate the ratio of clinical hours to simulation hours. Florida Board of Nursing allows substitute simulation learning experiences for up to 50 percent of the clinical hours.

Clinicals

The clinical experiences of our nursing students provide opportunities for applying knowledge acquired in the classroom to real life situations. The students have varied clinical experiences throughout the greater Tampa area. The clinicals include both inpatient and outpatient facilities, community agencies, schools, and clinics.

Our program is fit with cutting-edge equipment that is preparing us to become great nurses. We have two simulators, one medium and one high fidelity that are allowing us to have hands-on experience before we encounter patients. In the spring of 2023, I will enter into the workforce as a nurse who was trained to view the human body as a temple for the spirit.

-Rachel Hollis ,

Student Representative for Leading Cohort

Nursing Faculty

Jena Aitchison

  • Nursing Faculty

Minerva Holk, D.Ed.

  • Nursing Faculty (Chair)

Melissa Paquette

  • Nursing Faculty