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Albuquerque Public Schools Mission Statement

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education in collaboration with the superintendent and staff will work together and in partnership with families and the community in a systematic way to ensure that all students succeed.

Career Enrichment Center's Mission Statement

The Career Enrichment Center will extend education opportunities for all high school students in the academic and occupational areas beyond what is practical in the comprehensive high school because:

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Mission & Philosophy


A unique high school accredited Licensed Practical Nursing Program that prepares graduates for entry level nursing practice.



In accordance with Albuquerque Public Schools, the Career Enrichment Center’s Practical Nursing Program’s mission is to enable qualified students from the Albuquerque’s  Comprehensive High Schools a unique opportunity to enter the nursing workforce as a competent beginner. The Career Enrichment Center’s PN nursing program prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, moral and ethical principles that contribute to the development of nurses who provide quality nursing care and pursue lifelong learning.



Caring: Caring practices are respectful, culturally and developmentally appropriate and  enhance the mental, emotional and physical health of clients and their families.

Professionalism:  Strong morals and ethics and the commitment to always act in the best interests of their patients and within the health care venue in accordance with  established standards for Practical Nursing.

Communication: Use of effective communication techniques in a variety of health care settings.

Nursing Process Beginning competency in critical thinking using the nursing process, to provide safe, effective care in a wide variety of health care settings.

Safety: Effective approaches to collaborate and contribute to safe, quality care for individuals and families



The nursing faculty’s philosophy of nursing education promotes the development of student’s knowledge and skills while encouraging personal and professional growth. Within this context, the nursing faculty is committed to creating an environment that is respectful and nurturing to students while upholding high academic standards.  The faculty believes in maintaining the nursing student’s dignity and supports career planning.   The faculty is committed to prepare graduate practical nurses for entry level positions.

The faculty recognizes there is an ever evolving health care environment and implements on-going evaluation and re-evaluation to adapt a flexible nursing curriculum that meets the needs of the students and the health care community. The course of study encompasses nursing theory and skills, standards of care, health care science, and social and life sciences. The curriculum is based on the foundational concepts of professionalism, nursing process, communication, caring and safety. The faculty believes in developing and maintaining the student’s professional behavior ensuring the student acts with competence and respect in the field of nursing that continues when the student enters the nursing workforce. The faculty believes the nursing process is a systematic approach that promotes a goal oriented method of caring. The faculty believes using this universal framework along with beginning critical thinking and problem solving encourages the student to prioritize the planning and provision of patient care.  The faculty recognize effective interpersonal communication is a critical component in nursing practice.  The faculty fosters the art of caring and believes this attribute results in an empathetic, respectful nurse who incorporates physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual characteristics into care.  The nursing faculty are responsible to prepare graduate practical nurses who provide competent, compassionate, safe care to families and individuals.  

The faculty recognizes the level of growth and development of the adolescent CEC PN student and supports the hierarchy of needs to build a solid foundation for individual growth and development. Faculty use role modeling in the educational environment to empower students through instructive experiences that are student focused and client centered.  The faculty collaborates with CEC administration and families to provide both an internal and external support systems for nursing students. The faculty adapts pedagogical teaching styles to align adolescent learning theories. The faculty believes in encouraging students to pursue post-secondary education and to embrace lifelong learning.

The faculty incorporate the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) 2017 major client needs categories of safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity as program outcomes and student learning outcomes.  The faculty believes that nursing care should contribute to the health care delivery setting and coordinated care, facilitates a safe and effective care team. The faculty believes nurses should protect clients and health care personnel and ensure safety from health and environmental hazards.  The faculty believe that nursing care should incorporate the knowledge of growth and development and prevention or detection of health problems.  The faculty believes the practical nurse provides care to support the emotional, mental and social well-being of clients. The faculty believes nurses promote physical health and well-being by providing care and comfort, reducing risk potential and assisting with management of health alterations. 

As nursing program faculty, we hold ourselves accountable for the quality of our program and our graduates. We promote safe, holistic, effective and culturally sensitive nursing practice through our teaching and role modeling.

Our Amazing Nurses!

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From health screenings to flu vaccines, CEC nursing students are gaining rewarding clinical experience working with elementary school students across the district while easing the workload of school nurses.


Click here to read the full article posted 10/21/14 on the APS website



CEC Nurses in the Community

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