Student Handbook

Welcome from the Dean of Nursing

On behalf of the faculty and staff here at Platt College, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. We hope that you find your time with us challenging, stimulating, encouraging, and growth-producing. We are committed to your success and we believe your success is best fostered in an environment of mutual respect, caring, and high expectations. As adult learners, each of you brings unique life experiences to our classrooms. We encourage you to share these perspectives, be open to learning, and listen to those around you. With dedication, perseverance, and hard work, each of you may realize your goal of becoming a professional nurse.

The faculty seeks to instill in you a commitment to life-long learning and a passion for professional nursing practice. It is our goal to never lose sight of these goals as we assist you in progressing through our curriculum. The School of Nursing at Platt College is a distinctive community. Our decisions and the way we approach day-to-day challenges are based on our core values of diversity, excellence in the learning process, ethics and integrity, personal growth and community. We encourage you to reflect upon these when you find yourself questioning the reasons behind policies and decisions. Ultimately, as adult learners, the faculty and staff are facilitators of your learning and what you take from this educational experience will largely reflect the effort you have put forth. The competencies of our nursing program will serve as the road map on your journey to becoming a professional nurse and it is our hope that you develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that serve you in the areas that have become expectations for the profession of nursing within the 21st century. I challenge you to be open to learning all there is to know about the nursing process, nursing informatics, evidence-based practice, professional standards, and inter-professional communication and collaboration. When the link to what you are doing in the classroom or clinical setting is not apparent to you, ask. Set out upon each learning experience with a curiosity centered on how that activity, discussion, content or assignment is helping you to progress along your journey to becoming a professional nurse.

When you leave us, it is our hope that you have grown personally and professionally and that your ability to value the role of the professional nurse and our impact upon individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations is forever changed. We also want you to be the type of nurse that each of us would be proud to work alongside or to have care for our family members. We look forward to embarking upon this journey with you and anxiously await seeing how you develop into a nurse that is a compassionate and astute provider of care, a respectful and visionary leader, and a proud member of the nursing profession.

Congratulations! We are so happy to have you join us.

Hollie Caldwell, PhD, RN

Dean, School of Nursing

This Student Handbook is dated July 11, 2016.