Nursing Program Mission | Lackawanna College

Nursing Program Mission

The mission of the Lackawanna College RN to BSN Nursing Program is to educate nursing professionals to assume a variety of professional roles in which they can provide, influence, and advocate for the care of individuals, families, and populations informed by the lifelong pursuit of continuing education, nursing scholarship, and social justice.

Nursing Program Goal

The goal of the Lackawanna College RN to BSN Nursing Program is to prepare RN nurses to contribute meaningfully to society through the practice of professional nursing aimed at relieving human suffering, engaging in research, preventing disease, enriching population health, and enhancing social justice.

Core Values of the Nursing Program

The nursing core values essential to baccalaureate education include caring, integrity, accountability, social justice, and empowerment.

  • Caring – encompassing compassion and concerns for others.
  • Integrity – sustaining strong moral and ethical principles.
  • Accountability – displaying a sense of obligation, intent, willingness, and ownership in nursing practice.
  • Social Justice – performing fair treatment regardless of culture, age, disability, economic status, sexual orientation, and nationality.
    Empowerment – mobilizing and motivating oneself and
    others to achieve optimistic goals.

These core values for the Lackawanna College RN to BSN program are demonstrated in teaching, learning, practice, and service-learning. The integration of the core values throughout the RN student’s educational experiences will be represented and strengthened for the imminent nursing workforce.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is often considered a requirement for RNs who wish to pursue increased professional responsibilities and career opportunities. Our RN to BSN Program is designed for busy registered nurses attempting to juggle career, family, and other responsibilities.

Consistent with The Institute of Medicine recommendations that 80% or
more of practicing nurses have a baccalaureate degree in nursing by the year 2020, Lackawanna College has committed itself to help professional nurses earn their bachelor’s degree. Program graduates may pursue administrative positions, specialty certifications, or continue their studies at the graduate level.

RN-to-BSN Program Outcomes

The RN-to-BSN program outcomes at Lackawanna College adheres to the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. By the end of the program, the RN nursing student will be able to:

  • Synthesize theories and concepts from the arts and humanities and the natural and social sciences in professional practice. (Essential I)
  • Apply critical thinking, decision making, and clinical reasoning skills in providing quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. (Essential II)
  • Translate research findings to provide evidence-based practice of nursing. (Essential III)
  • Manage information and technology to deliver quality patient care in a variety of settings. (Essential IV)
  • Use leadership skills and knowledge of the healthcare, financial, and regulatory systems to advance high quality, safe professional practice. (Essential V)
  • Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to provide quality, patient-centered care. (Essential VI)
  • Apply principles of prevention and health promotion in providing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. (Essential VII)
  • Integrate professional values and ethical, moral, and legal aspects of nursing into one’s professional practice. (Essential VIII)
  • Engage in a lifelong process of learning in the development of one’s self, nursing practice, and the profession. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate evolving competence in a professional role within a dynamic, multicultural, global society. (Essential IX)