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Nursing is a dynamic process based on a theoretical body of knowledge evolving from the biological, behavioral, and social sciences.

Nursing has independent and collaborative functions within the healthcare system to promote, maintain, and restore individual, family, and community health and safety. Each individual is culturally diverse with dignity and worth who continuously interacts with the environment and society. Each person is responsible for their own well-being with rights and responsibilities. An individual has the right to choose their own lifestyle. Nursing respects the rights of individuals.

Health is a value of individuals manifested as a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is an individually perceived state on a continuum from optimal health to death. Nurses impact the health of individuals through the delivery of nursing care, effective communication, providing health teaching, and serving as patient advocates.

Learning is a continuous interactive process that stimulates personal and professional growth and results in desired behavioral changes. Nursing education provides planned experiences for the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. Learning is a cooperative process that requires active participation by the student with guidance and direction from the Faculty. Learning experiences progress from basic nursing care to complex nursing care using evidence-based practice/best practice standards in a variety of settings to develop competency in nursing practice with a commitment to quality. The concepts of simple to complex utilizing Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Levels provide the framework for the integration of the curriculum threads of:

  • Integrated knowledge
  • Nursing process
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Individualized teaching
  • Community resources
  • Healthcare team
  • Ethical, legal and professional accountability
  • Professional growth

The development of the ability to make independent judgments and critical decisions is a part of the process of education.

The School has the responsibility to prepare graduates who can function as a member of the healthcare team at the entry level of nursing practice with critical-thinking skills and the ability to provide safe, quality, and financially responsible care to patients in acute, long-term, and community-based healthcare settings. The Faculty accepts responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating a curriculum responsive to the changing needs of society, which prepares the graduate for entry into professional practice in an ever changing and complex healthcare society. The School utilizes community resources to prepare the graduate who can meet the healthcare needs of the community. The graduate nurse will be accountable and responsible to provide comprehensive care with efficient use of resources that meets or exceeds prescribed standards and expectations. The graduate is expected to promote the professional standards of nursing and practice with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality. The School encourages students to view learning as a lifelong process, facilitates educational mobility, and supports participation by the Faculty and students in professional and community activities.