Academics

Philosophy

The faculty believes that licensed registered nursing flows along a continuum from the associate degree prepared registered nurse.  Associate education is the minimum entry preparation required to provide and coordinate care, and contribute as a member of the interprofessional health team in structured settings with diverse client populations.  Associate education provides a foundation for further study in nursing.  Major emphases of the Associate curriculum are placed on humans, their environment, and the multiplicity of factors affecting their health.  Baccalaureate education is the beginning preparation for the professional nurse to function as a generalist in a variety of health care settings and Master's education, which builds upon the baccalaureate nursing foundation, prepares nurses for specialization in advanced nursing roles.

The faculty believes that nursing is both a science and an art.  It is a science built on knowledge from humanities, the natural, psychological, sociological, and nursing sciences.  It is the art of applying scientific principles, while assessing individuals, families, and communities to achieve optimal health.

The faculty believes that each human is a unique, integrated biopsychosocial being, who functions in a changing environment.   Basic needs must be satisfied for humans to function optimally.  Human behavior is a dynamic response to commonly occurring, multiple, and complex interacting stimuli.  Adaptation to these stimuli is influenced by individual patterns of development and coping.

Society is dynamic and culturally diverse.  It is a totality of relationships characterized by language, shared beliefs, and common norms that influence the behavior and development of all of its members.  Humans simultaneously occupy many roles within society; as individuals, as members of a family, and as members of a community.  Environment refers to both internal and external forces affecting health. 

Health is conceptualized as occurring on a continuum with movement between a state of optimum wellness and degree of illness.  The adaptive abilities and health perspectives of humans are major determinants of their position on the health continuum.  Primary considerations are the promotion of wellness, prevention of illness, restoration of health, and maintenance of optimal functioning.

The faculty believes that teaching/learning is a dynamic and lifelong process characterized by the acquisition of knowledge and skills which change the behavior of the learner.  The role of the teacher is to mentor and facilitate learning.  The learner is an active participant and has the responsibility to share in the teaching/learning process. The learning environment, enhanced by technology, should foster and enriching interaction between the teacher and learner.

The faculty believes that nurses prepared a the associate, baccalaureate and master's degree levels are responsible for continuing their educational and professional development.  The School of Nursing has a firm commitment to facilitate the professional and personal development of its learners.  Both nursing consumers and practitioners benefit from the commitment and vision of the School of Nursing.