Nursing is an intellectually stimulating and caring profession. To be effective, the practitioner combines the art of caring with the science of Nursing. Nursing focuses not only on particular health problems, but on the whole client and his/her response to treatment. Care of the client and a firm base of scientific knowledge are indispensable to Nursing practice. Registered Nurses are licensed professionals with all the requisite professional and legal responsibilities that accompany licensure. Those responsibilities include practicing according to the professional standards and ethics and within the laws and regulations that apply to the Nursing profession. Registered Nurses are responsible for their own professional practice and for the performance and professional behavior of those they supervise and to whom they delegate aspects of Nursing care.
Nurses assume many different roles and functions in health care, from providing direct care to managing large institutions. Our Associate degree graduates may opt to remain direct providers of care and managers of Nursing care, or they may go on to baccalaureate and higher degrees in Nursing, which prepare them for roles in institutional management, clinical specialties, consulting, academia, research, and numerous other possibilities.