The curriculum of the Hiram College nursing program is rigorous, providing a solid base for the practice of professional nursing. The College's unique 12-week, 3-week academic calendar - The Hiram Plan - lends itself to nursing students gaining international health care experience during the 3-week period by studying abroad with members of the Hiram faculty and in intensive domestic health care experiences, and provides experiential opportunities with participation in an evidence-based research practicum in the junior sequence as well as with the capstone transition role at the culmination of the senior year.
Approximately half the courses in the curriculum are grounded in the discipline of nursing and half draw upon Hiram's strong liberal arts tradition. Chemistry and the biological sciences, as well as the social sciences, provide a strong foundation in the development of nursing care providers. Nursing students attend classes with other Hiram students, some of whom will become the physicians and biomedical research scientists with whom they will work side-by-side as health care evolves to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Building on the values established by the College's Center for Literature, Medicine, and the Biomedical Humanities, nursing at Hiram fosters a personal philosophy that integrates the values of caring, ethical behavior, professional responsibility, and integrity, with the humanity necessary to be the best possible caregiver.
Students have clinical experience in a broad range of areas including: adult nursing, pediatrics, parent-newborn nursing, gerontology, rehabilitation, community health, psychiatric mental health nursing, critical care, and emergency room nursing. Many types of health care agencies are utilized for clinical experience, including large medical centers, community acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health agencies, and specialty facilities such as children's hospitals and psychiatric mental health facilities. The clinical experiences in the last three years of the nursing program are intended to contribute toward an understanding of how to affect improved health care.
The mission of the Department of Nursing at Hiram College is to prepare clinically competent, ethically grounded, socially and culturally responsible professional nurses who are prepared to think critically and participate as leaders in the delivery of health and nursing care. The liberal arts tradition prepares students to think analytically and respond holistically. This tradition, grounded in the understanding that knowledge is interrelated and interdisciplinary, prepares persons to be keen and critical observers of the world, identifying issues, determining alternatives, and participating in solutions. These skills, combined with knowledge and skills in the discipline of nursing, are essential to the preparation of individuals ready to serve as professional nurses.
Honoring the college's historic tradition of preparing students to serve the world, the nursing program's mission is guided by a global vision of nursing preparation and clinical practice rooted in democratic values and ideals. Professional nurses must be agents of change who recognize the societal purpose of nursing and who work collaboratively within the knowledge of the discipline of nursing to transform society. These professional nurses will value diversity, exhibit ethical behavior, promote social justice, and recognize and act on the belief that all individuals deserve safe, competent and compassionate nursing care.
We believe that nursing is a professional discipline that has its primary purpose to respond to the societal mandate of achieving maximum human health through the provision of nursing care and comfort. Professional nursing practice encompasses a distinct, theoretical body of knowledge drawn from the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and biological sciences. Nursing practice is both an art and a science, and clinical competence reflects a unique blending of the two. Intellectual skills of inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving are required as well as autonomy, accountability, professional development and leadership. The delivery of professional nursing practice is multi-faceted. It is accomplished within a problem-solving framework known as Nursing Process and Evidence-based Practice. Nursing Process involves assessment, diagnosis and planning, intervention, and evaluation of individuals, families, groups and communities. Evidence-based Practice includes identification of patient population, intervention of interest, intervention comparison, and expected outcomes. A goal of the nursing program is to prepare nurses with the ability to establish interpersonal relationships, use therapeutic communication and empower humans as individuals, families, groups, and communities to seek maximum health and quality of life. Professional nurses have the responsibility to advance the profession through embodiment of the profession's Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice, by contributing to the discipline's body of knowledge, and by employing ethical values and behaviors to promote human dignity and social justice in a political, socio-cultural, economic, and global environment.
Nursing students have the opportunity to participate in clinical experiences in:
- Parent – Newborn
- Community Health
- Psychiatric Mental Health
- Critical Care
The Hiram College
The colors red and blue: Hiram's colors
The circular shape: a global outlook
The color gold: a precious metal of enduring value, that remains untarnished through time, suggests the enduring value of not only the education but also the qualities of being a Hiram nurse
The Florence Nightingale lamp: a universal symbol of nursing
The sun rays: symbolic of Ohio (present in the seal of Ohio)
The laurel leaf crown: a symbol of the bachelor's degree, and is a symbol of praise and scholarship
The inner circle: symbolic of the global outlook of Hiram's mission
The three dots between the lettering: symbolize the Hiram nurse who is clinically competent, ethically grounded and socially responsible