Mission and Objectives

Mission Statement

The Nursing program is an integral part of Hudson Valley Community College and subscribes to the Hudson Valley mission statement and objectives. This is evident in the philosophy, conceptual framework, program outcomes and student learning outcomes of the program. The Nursing program has responded to the needs of the community by providing graduates who provide direct care to patients and families with common health care needs in structured settings.

Philosophy of the Nursing Program

It is the mission of Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) to be committed to providing caring, personal, high-quality service at a reasonable cost to support student success in reaching and obtaining their goals. In support of HVCC’s mission, the nursing faculty are committed to providing dynamic, student-centered, comprehensive and diverse educational opportunities that support student success in becoming a Registered Nurse. HVCC’s Nursing Program prepares Registered Professional Nurses to meet the needs of our community.

A vital component of the associate degree nursing process is critical thinking. Nursing is practiced by utilizing a holistic, culturally competent approach to support the person and family. Nurses manage, apply and synthesize information from the biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing theory when providing care. Nurses integrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies into practice when making clinical judgment.

As an educated professional, the nurse is competent, caring, and committed to self-growth. The Registered Nurse assists clients to adapt to the impact of change, to achieve an optimal level of daily function, maintain and restore health and support a dignified death.

College and clinical laboratory experiences support classroom theory. Immersion in focused content areas combined with a correlation of theory to evidence-based practice in the client care situation enhances student learning outcomes. Sufficient clinical experience with clients to apply and synthesize attitudes, knowledge, and skills is required of students. Facilitated learning and practice are necessary prior to the evaluation of competency and clinical judgment.

Faculty are caring individuals who create a learning environment engaging students in critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. Faculty understand that learning proceeds from novice to expert and adhere to adult learning principles to promote student success.

As role models for professional practice, faculty provide students with diverse learning experiences and facilitate learning by actively engaging students in applying evidence-based research into practice. Prompt feedback encourages reflection and strengthens student nursing practice and ongoing spirit of inquiry.

Conceptual Framework

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies diagramQuality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies are used as the conceptual basis for curriculum development and revision of the college’s Nursing program. At the successful completion of the program, students will have met the following competencies:

Program Outcomes

The Nursing program will graduate individuals who will:

  1. Successfully complete the nursing program within 150 percent of the designated time.
  2. Perform at or above the national level on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX).

NCLEX Pass Rates

NCLEX Pass Rates
  2018 2017 2016
National rate (mean) 87% 84.24% 82.09%
State rate (mean) 88% 85.03% 83.23%
HVCC rate (mean) 100% 91.80% 95.59%

Job Placement

Graduate Outcomes
Graduating class Number of Graduates Percentage employed
2019 77 69%
2018 66 not available
2017 82 62%

Our expected level of achievement is that 65 percent of our graduates will have employment or transfer within six months of graduation (November).

Retention Rate

Retention Rates
Graduating Class Retention Rate
2019 64.89%
2018 44.90%
2017 63.92%

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing Program. Student learning outcomes are utilized to guide your learning throughout the program.

The student learning outcomes for Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing Program are:

  1. Apply evidence-based practice to provide patient and family centered nursing care.
  2. Recognize nursing care, by means of the nursing process, should be centered on patients’ and families’ values, needs, and preferences.
  3. Utilize critical thinking, information, and technology to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, communication and decision making for patient care.
  4. Promote collaboration of open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making within nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve quality patient-centered care.
  5. Incorporate safe and quality patient care standards, utilizing clinical judgement, for a diverse patient population across the lifespan.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Jodi Dorrough
NURSING and Surgical Technology DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 204

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.