The Department of Nursing will:
Each person is a unique open system interacting with the environment. The person exhibits varying degrees of achievement and potential in the following areas: physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual.
Health is viewed on a continuum from wellness to illness. Wellness is equated with optimal system stability resulting from a normal line of defense. Participation by the person is an essential element in improvement, maintenance, and restoration of health.
The environment consists of all internal and external stressors surrounding the person. The relationship between the person and environment is reciprocal and circular in nature.
Nursing is a caring profession in its consideration of all client system variables demonstrating a holistic care approach to client situations. The nurse is sensitive to population and cultural stressors in a rapidly changing global environment.
The nursing process is the methodology of practice and facilitates critical thinking necessary for appropriate nursing action. Primary, secondary and tertiary interventions are used to achieve the person's optimal system stability in the presence of stressors.
Contemporary nursing is demonstrated through the roles of provider of care, client advocate, client educator, consumer of nursing research, leader, manager, and collaborator. The nurse effectively integrates communication strategies in interacting with the person and information systems. The nurse is accountable to practice within established professional standards.
Education is the outcome of an individual's experiences occurring throughout the life cycle and attained through formal and informal activities. The teaching/learning process is a cooperative endeavor, is continuous and results in measurable changes in the learner's behavior.
The role of the learner is to actively participate in the educational process in order for learning to be meaningful and useful. Learning is best achieved in an environment in which the person is accepted and respected.
Baccalaureate nursing education as an integral part of the system of higher learning relies on core courses, which provide an infrastructure for developing critical thinking, decision-making, communication, values and technologies. The role of the faculty is to guide the educational process. This process extends to the practice setting where education of the client occurs.