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The Nursing Department strives to be leaders in the nursing education community by providing nursing students with the knowledge, skills, and values to provide safe, quality, and compassionate patient care.  


The nursing faculty at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) believes that competent nursing practive is based on three core concepts: nursing process, caring, and professional behaviors.  Nursing process is a systematic method that uses critical thinking to provide structure to nursing practice for achieving positive outcomes.  Caring is the interaction of the nurse and client in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.  In this collaborative environment, the nurse provides support and compassion to help achieve desired outcomes.  Professional behaviors arise from valuing accountability, truthfulness, and integrity.  These values are demonstrated by the provision of safe, ethical, and evidenced-based care in conjunction with other health care providers, resulting in the best possible client outcomes.  The nursing faculty is committed to providing an educational program that integrates theoretical knowledge with clinical practice to prepare graduates to meet the dynamic needs of their communities. Nursing faculty members evaluate the Nursing Program on an ongoing, systematic basis to ensure that the curriculum is cur rent and meets state and national standards for quality.

Educational and Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Nursing Program at SMCC are able to:
  1. Systematically apply the nursing process to provide care to clients in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Demonstrate client-centered caring behaviors and actions that result in an environment of respect and trust.
  3. Adhere to professional behaviors within the legal, ethical, and practical standards of the profession of nursing.

  1. At least 75% of students entering the SMCC program complete the Nursing Program within three years.
  2. The licensure exam pass rates will be at or above the national mean.
  3. At least 85% of graduates and employers alike rate graduates as average or above in demonstrating nursing process, caring, and professional behaviors. 
Semester Outcomes
Nursing 1 (NURS 125)
  1. Use basic nursing skills to assess the client's current health status.
  2. Compare client's data with established norms to make basic nursing judgments.
  3. Provide the client with relevant information regarding his/her care.
  4. Adapt standardized care to meet the individual needs of the client.
  5. Demonstrate caring behaviors toward the client, support person(s), and health care team.
  6. Demonstrate professional accountability when prioritizing and implementing client care.
Nursing 2 (NURS 175)
  1. Use clinical nursing skills to assess the client for changes in health status, responses to actual or potential health problems, and responses to nursing interventions.
  2. Analyze assessment data when planning and implementing client care.
  3. Implement a standardized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
  4. Demonstrate progress in verbal and written communications skills with clients, support persons, and professional staff.
  5. Collaborate with other members of the health care tema to promote a caring environment for the client and support person(s).
  6. Demonstrate professional accountability when implementing and evaluating care.
Nursing 3 (NURS 225)
  1. Use the nursing process to support clinical decisions and implementation of safe care.
  2. Consistently manage the basic components of care with minimal supervision.
  3. Demonstrate effective verbal and communications in all aspects of client care with minimal supervision.
  4. Maintain therapeutic relationships with clients and support persons.
  5. Consistently demonstrate professional and caring behaviors with clients, families, and colleagues.
  6. Be accountable for the implementation and evaluation of client care.

Nursing 4 (NURS 275)

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through use of the nursing process to manage client care.
  2. Make effective clinical decisions that result in the delivery of accurate and safe care.
  3. Initiate health eduction to facilitate informed decision-making, achieve positive outcomes, and support self-care activities.
  4. Facilitate effective communication directed toward promoting positive client outcomes.
  5. Promote collaborative relationships with clients, support persons, and colleagues that result in a caring environment.
  6. Maintain accountability for client care.




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Learn And Make Progress

Community Description  

In this learning community, nursing students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the material presented in the curriculum for NURS125/175.  This community will allow the students to share common experiences surrounding their academics through faculty supported and guided group meetings.  Participants will participate in collaborative methods to gain mastery of the materials and concepts presented in class while they build relationships and learn together outside the classroom. Students will be identified as participants if they obtain a grade of 80 or less on Exams I and/or II.  Any student may participate in the community, but must meet community requirements.  Students will agree through a study plan/contract to actively participate in LAMP.

Community Objectives

At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:


  1. Progress on to NURS 175/225.
  2. Increase their individual test scores by at least 4-6 points.


Topics Covered During the Course of the Semester

Some of the offerings over the course of the semester will include:

·         Test review and repeats

·         Test taking strategies

·         Study Tips

·         Topics of student choosing

Course Requirements


Students are expected to assume responsibility for attending all meetings, participating in discussions and activities, and identifying their own learning needs. Any assigned work is due on the dates indicated unless prior arrangements are negotiated with the faculty.  Attendance is mandatory and students are expected to make the proper arrangements with employers, daycare providers, etc...

Approval and Accreditation

The SMCC Nursing Program is approved by:
   The Maine State Board of Nursing
    161 Capitol Street
   158 State House Station 
   Augusta, Maine 04333-0158
   Telephone: 207-287-1133
The SMCC Nursing Program is accredited by:
   National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC)
   3343 Peachtree Road, NE - Suite 850
   Atlanta, Georgia 30326
   Telephone:   404-975-5000
   Fax:   404-975-5020
SMCC's Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

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