Mission, Philosophies and OUTCOMES


San Juan College strives to provide education and services to all individuals who seek this service both in and beyond its service area. In so doing, San Juan College asserts these fundamental beliefs:

That every individual has inherent worth and potential, regardless of race, sex, age, socioeconomic group, or other factors, and the College pledges itself to provide a variety of programs and activities to develop that potential.

That San Juan College is strongly community-based and anticipates, as well as responds to, the changing needs of the community while at the same time remaining accountable to its constituency.

That education is a life-long process and every individual has a capacity for life-long learning; the community college is a fundamental provider in this quest.

That San Juan College promotes cultural and enrichment activities and responds to community interest.

That the college has a responsibility to the community and nation in assisting in the solution of the great problems that affect us at every level.



The mission of San Juan College is to inspire and support life-long learning to achieve personal and community goals by providing quality education, services, and cultural enrichment.



Nursing is a professional practice discipline with a worldview rooted in the core nursing values of caring, diversity, integrity, excellence, patient centeredness, ethics and holism. (NLN, 2010). To practice actively, the nurse must have an awareness of the context and environment where health care is delivered. Context and environment includes organizational structures of healthcare agencies, leadership styles, continuous quality improvement, as well as ethical, legal, and regulatory standards adhered to in practice. Nurses, using patient-centered care, promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the application of nursing knowledge.


Caring, diversity, integrity, excellence, patient centeredness, ethics and holism serve as foundational elements for an Associate Degree curriculum designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential for safe, competent nursing practice in contemporary health care environments. At San Juan College the core nursing professional practice values are operationalized through the six Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies: Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, Safety, and Informatics. Professional Behaviors constitutes the seventh San Juan College nursing competency. San Juan College Department of Nursing faculty provide students with a foundation which serves as a basis for nursing practice. This foundation includes the integration of knowledge from nursing art and science, and knowledge from a variety of disciplines outside of nursing. Additionally, nursing practice includes commitment to life-long learning to expand personal and professional growth.

Integration of the program's core values throughout the curriculum promotes student-centered learning to develop a framework for continued personal and professional growth. Contemporary nursing practice requires entry level proficiency in the QSEN competencies. Faculty provide diverse educational experiences incorporating a variety of teaching methodologies and clinical experiences. Nursing facutly recognize students have their own unique learning needs and will integrate knowledge best when they are actively involved in the learning process. San Juan College nursing faculty and administration believe that nursing education represents a learning culture that is open, fair and just. Clinical expereiences reflect the complexities of current professional nursing practice. Diverse experiences enable students to develop the clinical judgement required to perform safe patient care.*

NLN, Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Practical/Vocational, Diploma, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate, Master's, Practice Doctorate, and Research Doctorate Programs in Nursing, 2010.

Approved 12/9/82
Revised 1/85, 10/87, 2/88, 3/91, 4/94, 4/95, 9/95, 2/99, 7/00, 7/01, 5/03, 7/08, 7/09, 7/10
Reviewed 9/85, 10/89, 4/93, 4/97, 4/98, 4/03; 7/06, 7/07


In addition to supporting the mission of the College, the mission of the San Juan College Department of Nursing is to provide the educational tools so our students may obtain a high quality nursing education and become valuable members of the health care profession. Toward that goal, we will encourage personal development and prepare the student for further nursing education and life long learning. Recognizing our close relationship with our community, we will strive to meet its continual and changing health care needs.

Developed 2/13/95
Reviewed 4/29/98, 6/1/99, 7/6/00, 7/19/01, 4/02, 4/03; 7/06


The graduate of the San Juan College Department of Nursing:

  1. Creates supportive relationships to provide personal, individualized, compassionate care to meet patient needs and goals. (Patient-Centered Care)
  2. Participates cooperatively within nursing and multidisciplinary teams respecting the unique and diverse expertise that team memebers provide. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  3. Integrates best current evidence with clinical practice to meet individualized patient needs and organizational goals. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  4. Formulates care and process outcomes to support data driven decisions that improve the quality and safety of health care delivery. (Quality Improvement)
  5. Evaluates and mitigates risk of harm within the environment of care through organizational processes and individual performance. (Safety)
  6. Integrates technology to communicate, manage information, minimize error, and support decision making. (Informatics)
  7. Exemplifies integrity and commitment to a professional work ethic and lifelong learning. (Professional Behavior)

*Adapted from:

Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Barnsteiner, J., Disch, J., Johnson, J., Mitchell, P., Sullivan, D.T., Warren, J. (2007). Quality and safety education for nurses. Nursing Outlook, 55 (3), 122-131. 

Finkelman, A. and Kenner, C. (2009). Incorporating the core competencies in nursing education. Teaching IOM. (pp. 72-172). Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.


For more information, please call Department of Nursing at (505) 566-3224. Or send an email to