Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Department of Nursing is committed to educating students at the baccalaureate and graduate level to address evolving health care needs and to advance the practice of nursing in an ever-changing society.



Excellence in nursing education is achieved through dedicated nursing faculty and their ongoing commitment to teaching and student success, scholarship, and service to the community.

Nursing is a professional discipline concerned with meeting the health needs of a diverse and changing society. As a profession nursing is legally and ethically accountable to the society for the integrity and outcomes of its practice. Professional nursing is an art and a science grounded in general education and derived from the synthesis of empirical knowledge, aesthetics, personal knowledge, and ethics. Nursing knowledge is built through scholarly inquiry and study, self-reflection, and a variety of clinical and professional experiences.

Nursing practice includes direct and indirect care, prevention and treatment of disease and illness, management of symptoms, and promotion of the health and well being of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Caring is fundamental to nursing and encompasses the characteristics of empathy, compassion, sensitivity, and the ability to connect with patients with thoughtful attention to patients' needs, interests, and values.

Nurses view people as holistic beings with inherent dignity and worth who have the right and responsibility to participate in decisions that affect their health. Health is a dynamic state of physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological being, affected by genetics, environmental factors, personal behaviors, and abilities to adapt in a rapidly evolving environment. Health is expressed in terms of perceived wellness and illness, both of which can occur in the presence or absence of disease.

Learning is a life-long endeavor that fosters intellectual and personal growth through critical thinking, active inquiry and participation in the educational process. The process of learning involves student-teacher partnerships and cooperation in meeting student and program goals. Professional nursing practice requires the acquisition of knowledge, competencies and values; role development, self-awareness, and acceptance of sociopolitical, ethical and professional responsibilities. The nursing faculty serves as role models who guide students in developing an understanding of the discipline and in developing leadership, accountability, cultural competence, safe and ethical practice, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Nursing education provides the graduate with the theoretical base in nursing and related disciplines and the skills-both interpersonal and technological-required for practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate demonstrates the ability to integrate knowledge with skills and to collaborate with clients, families, and other health care professionals across a variety of settings. Education at the baccalaureate level prepares graduates for master's level study in nursing.

Master's nursing education provides the graduate with an expanded theoretical, clinical, and empirical knowledge base. The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum prepares the graduate for roles that require increased autonomy, accountability, expertise and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based health care in collaboration with other health care providers and consumers, and contribute to the development of nursing through their practice, teaching, scholarship, and service. Education at the master's level prepares graduates for doctoral-level study in nursing.


Revised by Faculty Organization: November 13, 2009