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Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework of the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) program as developed and valued by the faculty is based upon constructs of the nursing paradigm and related concepts.

The framework relates the philosophy to the curriculum and provides focus for the program. It organizes and defines nursing practice, explaining the relationships between the concepts of the philosophy and depicting the seven core values with their six integrated concepts and eleven functional health patterns.

The faculty members believe that nursing practice includes human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry that are based on the National League for Nursing educational program outcomes for A.D.N. graduates and Marjory Gordon's functional health pattern framework.

Fundamental to the framework are the seven core values of caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient centeredness The six integrating concepts of nursing practice are: context and environment, knowledge and science, personal/professional development, quality and safety, relationship-centered care, and teamwork. The core values and integrating concepts are introduced, developed, and built upon throughout the curriculum.

The client's functional health patterns are: health perception/health management, nutrition/metabolism, elimination, activity/exercise, sleep/rest, cognitive perceptual, self-perception’s self-concept, role/relationships, sexuality/reproduction, coping/stress tolerance, and value/belief. These patterns are influenced by the client's culture, age/development, and state of health/illness and serve as a unifying structure for the organization of the curriculum.

The conceptual model is a visual representation of the relationships among the concepts of the philosophy and depicts all components inherent in nursing practice and the eleven functional patterns inherent in the client.