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Document Number: NURS--103d Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Health Sciences Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/04/2012


Core Competencies

Critical thinking is the identification and evaluation of evidence to guide decision making. It is a reasonable, reflective thinking process that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.


Communication is a process whereby information is channeled and imparted by a sender to a receiver via some medium. All forms of communication require a sender, a message, and an intended recipient. Communication requires that all parties have an area of communicative commonality.


Assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. Assessment identifies the patient’s nursing problems, which are expressed as either actual or potential.


Technical Skills is the ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities, involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and /or people (interpersonal skills).



Core Knowledge

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health across the lifespan. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions (Adapted from WHO).


Technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, skills and methods of organization. Knowledge gleaned from technology impacts health care delivered in a variety of culture. This includes machines, utensils, instruments, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them. Integrity is a vital concept in the application of technology.


Informatics is the study, design, development, implementation, support, or management of computer based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. (Essential of Baccalaureate Nursing)

Evidence Based Practice is care that integrates the best research with clinical expertise and patient values for optimum care (IOM, 2003b).



Professional Values

Integrity is commitment to the highest standard of conduct as evidenced by honesty, both personally and professionally.


Excellence is to promote and maintain adherence to the highest standard of nursing practice.


Respect is the regard for the uniqueness of others demonstrated by specific actions and conduct.


Accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, decisions and policies including the administration, governance and implementation of patient care.


Diversity is recognizing, accepting, and respecting the uniqueness of others.



Role Development

Leadership is the process by which an individual influences others to accomplish an objective and in doing so, directs the organization or followers in a way that makes it more coherent and cohesive thereby achieving a common goal.


Collaboration is a process where two or more individual or organizations work together toward an intersection of common goals by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus.


Professionalism is being clinically competent with ongoing scholarship and displaying valued based attributes including humanism and altruism along with attributes of compassion, empathy, service and ethical conduct.


Health Care Systems and Policy occurs when health care interfaces with the public and government regarding access to health care, health care reform, trends and issues, and special interest groups, including political process and policy making.


Global Health Care is the aspect of health care regarding issues affecting the health of patients worldwide including but not limited to HIV/Aids, malaria, natural epidemics, and children’s’ health.


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