Philosophy and Objectives


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.


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 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 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 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.


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 Mississippi Board of Trustees Institutions of Higher Learning and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  In addition to the three programs, the School of Nursing has a nurse-managed family clinic.



School of Nursing graduates have gone on to hold positions such as:
  • Director of licensure and practice of the Mississippi Board of Nursing
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nursing faculty
  • Clinical staff nurse
  • Nurse managers
  • Owner of home health/hospice agency
  • Owner of rural health clinics in under-served area
  • Provider of community services such as health fairs