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Statement of
Professional Accountability

The nursing faculty at Butler Community College believes that nurse educators within a community college setting must assume responsibility for acting in an accountable manner in the following areas:

  1. Accountability toward the patients, in order that:
    • Students under the educator’s supervision will provide patient centered care
    • Patients' rights are protected and advocated for, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, by the students responsible for their nursing care
    • Patients will have reasonable assurance that the Butler nursing graduate will demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a professional nurse
    • Students will minimize the risk of harm to patients through both system effectiveness and individual performance
  2. Accountability toward the profession of nursing, in that:
    • Faculty assume responsibility for our own continued development within the knowledge and practice components of the nurse educator role.
    • Students will be provided a program of study that adequately supplies the nursing knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will stand them in good stead as competent members within the profession of nursing.
    • Faculty, charged with the responsibility for induction of new members into the profession of nursing, have reasonable assurance that our graduates will fulfill the established standards of practice for the nursing profession.
      • Demonstrate an adequate base of nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional nurse
      • Demonstrate safe and effective evidenced based practices
      • Demonstrate patient centered care
      • Demonstrate effective collaborative behaviors in order to assure the provision of quality health care
      • Demonstrate adequate critical thinking abilities to effectively apply evidence-based practice
    • Faculty, charged with the responsibility for induction of new members into the profession of nursing, when reasonable assurance is not possible in the performance of the student in the above areas, will not support the progression of the student within the program of study in nursing.
  3. Accountability toward the students within our program of study in nursing, (Due Process) in that
    • Students will be provided a program of study in nursing that adequately supplies the nursing knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will stand them in good stead as competent members within the profession of nursing.
    • Students will be given adequate opportunities to perform nursing skills under the supervision of a qualified nurse educator who will give direction to their learning experiences and provide an appropriate role model.
    • Students will receive ?realistic and sufficient? feedback from the nurse educator supervising their performance in order to assist them in recognizing and evaluating their own development toward becoming a member within the profession of nursing.
    • Students will receive appropriate feedback regarding any deficits in their performance of nursing behaviors that prevent their successful completion of program objectives and whenever possible, will receive counseling regarding other career opportunities which more realistically fit their capabilities.
  4. Accountability toward the college, in that:
    • The nurse educator will contribute in a responsible manner toward the planning and implementation of a program of study in nursing that is responsive to the needs of the community, the learning needs of the students, the parameters of the community college setting and the expectations of accrediting agencies
    • The nurse educator will not knowingly contribute to or support situations that impede, disrupt or jeopardize the learning experiences of the students within the program of study, and that he/she will not be unnecessarily reluctant to take appropriate action to prevent or alleviate such situations
    • Those students who have adequately demonstrated nursing behaviors that meet the educational objectives of the program of study in nursing provided by the college, and who are capable of performing accountably within the parameters of the level of nursing practice for which the degree is to be granted, will progress in the nursing program.
  5. Accountability toward the community, in order that:
    • Butler Community College will provide educational opportunities in the field of nursing for those individuals within the community who are qualified applicants.
    • Graduates of the program of study in nursing will be adequately able to meet the healthcare needs within the community in an accountable, competent manner.
    • Health care agencies within the community will have reasonable assurance that their nursing employees who are graduates of the accredited program of study in nursing will be capable of possessing professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional nurse.
    • Health care agencies within the community will have reasonable assurance that the graduate nurse will partner with individuals, families, and communities and collaborate with other health care professionals to promote quality health outcomes.
  6. Accountability from a personal perspective, in that:
    • The nurse educator will educate and prepare future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to fully qualify to be licensed as professional nurses to contribute to meeting the health care needs of the communities it serves. (Mission statement)

Developed by: Janiece Olson

Spring 1982
Revised 2/89; 2/90; 6/92; 5/00; 5/01, 3/11, 8/13

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Last Updated: August 2013