Our Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the Professional Program in Nursing is to provide high quality, student-centered nursing education that builds on prior experience, knowledge and skills of registered nurses. Students are prepared to think critically and address complex health issues in a multicultural and evolving world. The program helps meet the needs of the nursing profession and of society to improve health and healthcare delivery.
Baccalaureate education incorporates interdisciplinary knowledge from natural and social sciences, humanities, arts, and nursing. Baccalaureate education fosters an increased sense of professionalism, equips learners with professional knowledge and skills needed to meet the health needs of a diverse community, prepares students for a variety of professional nursing roles and for graduate education, and enables positive attitudes towards life long learning. RN to BSN education builds on the unique attributes, knowledge, and expertise of RN learners. The curriculum is problem focused and engages students in active learning.
The central concepts of nursing’s paradigm are the relationship of the person/client, health, environment, and nursing. This paradigm along with nursing theory and principles of teaching/learning are fundamental to baccalaureate nursing education. An eclectic nursing model, based on selective nursing theories, serves as the conceptual framework for the Professional Program in Nursing. The paradigm concepts of nursing are defined below.
The person/client is an individual, family, aggregate, and/or community. Striving toward equilibrium in an unstable environment, the person/client is an open adaptive, goal oriented, and interpersonal system incorporating physical, psychological, interdependence, social, developmental, role, and spiritual spheres. The person/client has characteristic patterns of energy fields and behavior and possesses varying degrees of self-care agency which may differ across cultures. Clients collaborate with the nurse and share responsibility for health outcomes.
The environment is composed of internal and external stimuli including social, cultural, economic, political, legal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions. The person/client and the environment are inseparable interacting energy patterns unfolding together toward greater complexity and diversity. The environment influences the person’s health and the person in turn, influences the environment.
Health is experienced as a state of connectedness and harmony of physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects within self, with others, and with the environment. As a dynamic state of well-being, health means system equilibrium, adaptation, ability to express oneself in a productive way, to resist stressors, and to meet self-care needs. Health also means harmonious patterning of energy fields, evolving patterns of consciousness, and the continuous process of changing and becoming. Each person perceives health uniquely, according to personal cultural context.
Nursing is concerned with the full range of human experience and responses to health and illness. Nursing incorporates goal oriented action that assists the person/client toward adaptation, self care, equilibrium, and higher levels of consciousness. The roles of the nurse include provider of care, teacher, advocate, leader, manager, and researcher. The art and science of nursing involves development of a caring relationship, application of scientific knowledge, and use of judgment and critical thinking in the facilitation of health and healing. Nurses promote social justice, influence public policy, and help meet the needs of society to improve health and health care delivery.