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Core Organizing Concepts and Values


Patient-centered care is focused on the patient or designee as the source of control in consideration of patient and family cultural preferences, beliefs, and values. As an advocate the nurse provides timely, compassionate, and coordinated care.

Nursing judgment is the process of applying critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills to make appropriate clinical decisions based on current best evidence. Safety involves minimizing the risk of harm to patients, families, and providers through established best practices.

Quality improvement utilizes clinical data to monitor and improve healthcare outcomes. Professional identity incorporates actions that reflect integrity, leadership, accountability and legal/ethical responsibility in accordance with established nursing standards of practice.

Teamwork involves functioning effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams. Collaboration fosters effective communication, mutual respect and shared decision making to achieve quality patient-centered care.

Informatics is the use of technology to access appropriate information, communicate effectively, and implement best nursing practices to support safe clinical decision making.


What it means to be a CCRI Nursing Student:
written by the nursing students in the Student Nurse Organization
for their peers in preparation for entering the nursing profession.

Professionalism: We strive to maintain the highest standards in our care by using admirable qualities, beliefs, and communication skills that are characterized by respect for others, responsibility, integrity, courage, humility and the willingness to advocate.

Excellence: We believe that it is vital for us to have a commitment to continued growth; within the concept we include all opportunities for in-depth learning and skill enhancement by the use of evidence based resources.

Compassion: We demonstrate empathy, sensitivity, kindness, and warmth; in doing so, we provide compassionate care that is professional, and this in turn creates better nursing student/patient relationships. We strive to preserve patient safety and dignity by providing patients with care, comfort, and support to help them meet their goals and achieve their highest levels of independence and wellness.

We demonstrate these same compassionate traits toward one another, creating and maintaining a culture of caring within the nursing program. We recognize that each student carries burdens that add to the challenges of a nursing education, and by supporting and encouraging one another, we create a safe place in which nursing students are free to learn and grow.

Diversity: We celebrate knowing that each of us is unique. Differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, and religious beliefs make up the rich tapestry that is our student body. We believe that each nursing student brings his or her own uniqueness to our program, and we acknowledge, explore, and welcome our difference with kindness and positivity

Approved: 04/10/03
Revised: 08/16