Nursing Program Success
Student success is extremely important to the Nursing Department. In our curriculum and in our learning activities, we make it a priority to support students in their goal to earn the Associate of Science Degree and/or their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. The faculty and staff strive to contribute to the student’s sense of satisfaction and personal growth during their educational journey.
Key factors that have been shown to facilitate and lead to success include:
1) a sense of belonging in the program and college community
2) of feeling supported, and
3) feeling a part of a team.
The faculty and staff are aware of the many challenges students face in the transition to the nursing student role. The curriculum is organized in a logical, sequential, and cumulative manner; students can apply past experiences and knowledge to their current coursework, which is an important tenet of adult learning theory. The curriculum offers appropriate content to meet the educational outcomes and accommodate student learning styles. The nursing program fosters personal and academic growth by encouraging students to:
- Take responsibility for learning
- Approach learning as a lifelong process
- Develop the skills of a critical thinker
- Role model caring behaviors
This cohesive and holistic approach to nursing education helps contribute to students’ success.
Student Nurse Organization (SNO)
Student Nurse organization (SNO) is available to enrolled and prospective nursing students at Salish Kootenai College. SNO is a student club and has a faculty member advisor. SNO allows students to share and receive information about nursing school and interact with each other. SNO members interact with community members through community projects.
Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN)
From a comprehensive nursing orientation that includes CPR certification, pathophysiology and pharmacology review, to traditional Native American games, the Salish Kootenai College nursing department offers a relationship-based approach to nursing education. Our Peer Mentoring program recognizes the importance of leadership by example and encourages peer-to-peer support during your nursing education journey.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN-BSN)
Our BSN program is designed to accommodate working nurses both from the SKC ASN program and other programs of nursing. The focus of the BSN program is leadership and management, rural and Native American community health, and the use of evidence-based practice in nursing. Our hybrid course design allows for face-to-face facilitation of learning along with a comprehensive integration of technology to further content comprehension.