Nursing: Conceptual Framework


The Conceptual Framework of the Associate Degree in Nursing

The Cumberland County Nursing Program is fundamentally based on Humanism through a Concept Based Learning.

The conceptual model provides a mental scaffold or framework to prepare learners for new

Instruction, and motivates learning by facilitating a meaningful connections for the learner. The facilitation of dialogue and respect for the individual learning is a tenant of Carl Rogers Humanistic approach (Tennant, 1996). The learner will engage in cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning. Reflective journaling will allow the learner to express their feelings and self- evaluation about their learning in structured activities throughout the program. The learner must attain mastery of each part of the framework; the human, health and nursing in order to understand the complete curriculum (Knowles, 1980). The domains of human, health, and nursing provide the conceptual framework guiding the associate degree nursing curriculum. Concepts are organized within each these domains and learning occurs from wellness to advanced complex care and death. The concepts are interrelated and organized into three groups: Humans, Nursing, and Health.

This CONCEPT is then broken down into EXEMPLARS (examples) selected by the faculty based on the incidence and prevalence of clinical issues or problems, and/or the significance to the practice of nursing. Exemplars are specific clinical and professional content areas representative of the concept.

Conceptual learning is a process by which students learn how to organize information in logical structures to become increasingly skilled at thinking, enhancing the application of the concept across the lifespan. Teaching strategies are used in the concept-based courses that will foster active learning and critical thinking skills.

Knowles, M. S. (1980) The Modern Practice of Adult Education. Andragogy versus pedagogy, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall/Cambridge

North Carolina Curriculum (2009), Associate degree curriculum improvement project.

Tennant, M. (1988, 1996) Psychology and Adult Learning, London: Routledge