Keene State College’s Nursing Program is grounded in the liberal arts to help students gain a portfolio of well-rounded skills, and it prepares graduates for successful careers in the nursing field. The program is designed for two groups of students: current registered nurses with an associate’s degree who want to complete their bachelor’s degree (RN Completers); and undergraduates who are embarking on the four-year bachelor’s degree program that prepares them to take RN licensing boards (Pre-Licensure). First-year students and sophomores who express an interest in pursuing acceptance into the Nursing Program are considered to be Pre-Nursing students.
This is an exciting time in the discipline of nursing. The Institute of Medicine released the report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health in which the committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020. Keene State College admitted its first class of nursing students in 2012. The Nursing Program‘s mission is to educate future nursing leaders to provide innovative, high quality, accessible academic programs in the geographic regions of Keene and beyond. We teach practices that promote the health and wellbeing of diverse individuals, families, communities, populations, and systems. We graduate competent nurses who make sound clinical judgments, communicate effectively, and make practice decisions using the best evidence available. More about Welcome to the KSC Nursing Program!
The Keene State Nursing program offers you two learning tracks designed to meet your professional goals. More about Tailored Learning Tracks
The Keene State College nursing curriculum is built upon The Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies, developed by leaders in nursing and higher education. More about The Nurse of the Future
Complete Knowledge & Discipline
Graduates of the nursing program enter their profession with comprehensive skills, knowledge and experience.
- Demonstrate accountability for practicing nursing within established moral, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles.
- Demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to call on system resources to provide optimal care.
- Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
- Identify, evaluate, and use the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience, and values to make practice decisions.
- Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision-making, team learning, and development.
- Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both individual performance and system effectiveness.
- Use data to monitor outcomes and care processes, and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care.
- Influence the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals within their environment in a way that will facilitate the establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals.
- Deliver holistic nursing care, advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and global levels.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills with clients that foster mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
The Nursing Program‘s mission is to educate future nursing leaders to provide innovative, high quality, accessible academic programs in the geographic regions of Keene and beyond. We teach practices that promote the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families, communities, populations, and systems. We graduate competent nurses who make sound clinical judgments, communicate effectively, and make practice decisions using the best evidence available.