Health, society, nursing, learning environment, caring, person, and nursing education are the foundational definitions of our Nursing Philosophy and are depicted in the roots of the Tree of Caring. All of these terms are discussed in the Nursing Concepts course (NRS 121). We continue to build on these concepts throughout the rest of the curriculum.
The soil in which the Tree is planted contains our nurturing concepts that include Nursing Process, Patterns of Knowing, Evidence Based Practice and the Five C's of Caring. The Five C's of Caring include competence, conscience, compassion, commitment and confidence and are integral to our philosophy.
The trunk of the Tree contains our progressive and pervasive concepts that include professionalism, cultural and developmental awareness, communication and collaboration, teaching/learning, clinical judgment and manager and provider of safe care.
Each of our programs is identified in the branches of the Tree and demonstrates the various pathways students can travel to obtain their desired outcome.
The mission statement of the Owens Community College Department of Nursing states that we believe in preparing caring and compassionate nurses who will provide competent care for individuals and families within communities in a changing and diverse health care environment.