About the School of Nursing

Alcorn State University School of Nursing is located on the Natchez Campus, approximately 40 miles south of the Lorman Campus.  The School of Nursing was established in 1977 with an Associate Degree Nursing Program.  In the fall 1979 the first students were admitted to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program and in the spring 1995 the first students were admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program.   Program options at the graduate level include family nurse practitioner and nurse educator with post-master’s certificate options available in both areas.

MISSION:  The School of Nursing is devoted to meeting the health care needs of diverse individuals, families, and communities at local, state, and national levels through teaching, scholarship and community service.  The School of Nursing is committed to providing unique and enriching educational experiences that will prepare competent entry-level and advanced practice nurses who will assume varied roles in health care settings and who will actively participate in the application and development of research. 

VISION:  Alcorn State University School of Nursing shall become a comprehensive center of excellence in education, service and research.

  • characterized by culturally sensitive and caring attitudes among a community of diverse students, faculty and staff
  • dedicated to the preparation of holistic practitioners, educators and leaders to implement concepts of self-care in local, global and rural communities.

VALUES:  The greatest strengths within the School of Nursing are the creativity, knowledge, and skills of the faculty, staff and students.  To achieve the vision of the School of Nursing, the faculty, staff and students are guided by:  Integrity, competence, quality, health, life-long learning, diversity, partnership, scholarly achievement, respect and a quest for knowledge.

Philosopy

The School of Nursing derives its philosophy from the mission and philosophy of the University and is expressed in terms of faculty beliefs. Faculty believe that the purposes of the School of Nursing are to prepare its graduates for excellence in nursing practice as entry-level nurses and advanced practice nurses and to provide them with a foundation for further professional growth. The School of Nursing philosophy incorporates the beliefs of its faculty about nursing, individual, society, health, learning and nursing education and provides the foundation for the Department of Associate Degree Nursing, the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing, the Department of Graduate Nursing and the Family Clinic.

Nursing

Faculty believe nursing is a practice discipline that is both an art and science, in which theories and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines are used to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities toward optimum health. Nursing supports holistic human functioning by acting for or doing for another, guiding, supporting, teaching, and establishing and maintaining a developmental environment favorable to the health state and the self-care capacity of individuals or families throughout the life span.

Individual

An individual is a unique, self-directing multidimensional being whose behavior is purposeful and involves choices directed toward meeting perceived needs and goals. The individual’s needs and behaviors throughout the lifespan influence and are influenced by internal and external conditions. Through dynamic processes of coping, each individual strives to maintain equilibrium within society. 

Society

Society is the totality of relationships among and between diverse individuals, families, groups and communities with special emphasis on rural communities. Society, through its interactive partnerships, helps individuals, families, groups, and communities acquire beliefs, values, habits and cultural practices that provide movement toward maturation and achievement of human potential. The political, cultural, socioeconomic, environmental, geographical, and other structures in society affect achievements, self-esteem and health.

Health

Health is physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being as perceived by the individual, family, group and the community. Variations in health impact the ability to maintain self-care 

Learning

Learning is a life-long process that results in goal-directed changes. Faculty believe learning takes place when the learner is guided from simple to complex, using previously gained knowledge. Faculty further believe active participation through student engagement enhances learning and promotes self-directed learning.

Nursing Education

Nursing education is a process which, through a disciplined series of intellectual and practical experiences, supports nursing values and behaviors in the individual who exercises critical inquiry, responsible judgment, and effective leadership in matters related to health. Nursing education occurs in an environment of scholarly inquiry and is focused on preparing students to care for and to contribute to society by engaging in life-long learning. Through the processes of nursing education and practice, the learner is assisted with formulating, assimilating, and applying nursing knowledge.

Objectives

1. Maintain high quality programs of learning that prepare entry-level and advanced practice graduates to meet the health care needs of local, regional, and global communities.

2. Provide effective and efficient support for learning, teaching, scholarship and community service.

3. Contribute to the elimination of health disparities by increasing access to quality health care through community outreach.

4. Maintain effective systems of ongoing assessment and evaluation to assure high-quality programs.

5. Provide for an effective research infrastructure to enhance faculty and student scholarship, research and other creative pursuits.

The School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Board of Trustees Institutions of Higher Learning State of Mississippi and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. In addition to the three programs, the School of Nursing has a nurse-managed family clinic.