The Associate Degree Nursing Program at WWCC is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission: 310 Israel Rd., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-4700. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly called the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, phone (404) 975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org.
- Acute Care (Emergency, Medical-Surgical, Critical Care)
- Specialty Areas (Labor & Delivery, Pediatrics)
- Community (Physician Office, Public Health, Department of Corrections)
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
It is the mission of the Nursing Education program to:
- Transform the lives of nursing students to fulfill the increasingly complex role of entry level professional nurses in the provision of safe, compassionate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, ethically-grounded, and client-centered care;
- Promote the well-being of a diverse patient population in the evolving healthcare environments of the communities we serve;
- Facilitate academic progression of our students to the baccalaureate level and beyond to meet the healthcare needs of our communities, state, and nation.
This mission is accomplished in our nursing students, patient populations, and nursing profession by:
- Providing a supportive, engaging, and progressive learning environment which fosters:
- professional integrity, leadership, a spirit of inquiry and scholarship, collaborative practice, and a commitment to community service
- development into the culture and profession of nursing through adoption of its values, standards, and codes of conduct, and by positive role-modeling of professional behaviors;
- Preparing well-qualified graduates to meet the needs of a diverse patient population;
- Collaborating with our community and educational partners.
Nursing Program Vision
The Nursing Education program will ennoble the lives of our students and the profession of nursing in the communities we serve
Graduates who complete the Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Passing the NCLEX-RN exam and completion of this transfer degree provide the general education and nursing courses for direct transfer with only one additional year of study to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at public four-year institutions in Washington state. While the agreements with baccalaureate institutions assure the transfer of credit, the admission to a particular university program is not assured. Each institution has separate admission criteria which can be based on grades and other considerations.
- The program's most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12 month period.
- Seventy percent (70%) or more of students will earn an Associate level degree in nursing within three years of enrollment in the first nursing course (150% of the stated nursing program length).
- Graduates will rate overall program satisfaction at average or above (>3.5) on a 1-4 point scale.
- Employers of the nursing program graduates will rate preparation of graduates at average or above (>3.0) on a 1-4 point scale.
- Ninety percent (90%) of the Nursing graduates will be employed in nursing 6-12 months after graduation.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Integrate research/nursing science, current standards of practice, clinical expertise, and patient preferences to formulate sound nursing judgments.
- Plan and provide safe, holistic nursing care that is individualized to address patients' diverse preferences, values and needs, and respects their capacity as a full partner with shared decision making.
- Effectively use interpersonal communication and management/leadership principles when collaborating with health care team members to promote optimal health outcomes and minimize risk of harm.
- Use technology to manage and communicate information, enhance patient safety, and support decision-making within professional, ethical, and legal standards.
- Continuously improve the quality, value, and safety of patient care and health care systems by using data and improvement methods to implement and evaluate changes.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors that are consistent with moral/ethical and legal principles, that adhere to regulatory guidelines and standard-based care, and which promote the profession of nursing.
Many scholarships are available for nursing students through the Walla Walla Community College Foundation office. Application deadline for these scholarships is March 31st. If questions, please contact Jacky Alonso at 508-527-1867 or [email protected]. Other scholarships may be available as well; check with the Financial Aid Office, Foundation Office, and on the Nursing Program bulletin boards.
According to the 2016-2026 Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Registered Nurses (RN) is expected to grow 15%, faster than the average for other occupations. The median pay for an RN in 2018 was $71,730 or $34.48/hour. Retirement of a large number of "baby boomers", chronic disease management, and longer life expectancies are all factors in the ongoing national shortage of nurses. In the future, more focus will be placed on preventive care, patient education, and community management of chronic diseases and nurses are essential in this objective. All associate level RNs are strongly encouraged to pursue further education in nursing to at least the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) level to provide the most effective evidence-based nursing care in this ever changing healthcare environment.