School of Nursing Mission and Philosophy

On a Mission
of education and healing!

Mission Statement
The Grantham University School of Nursing prepares students to expand their knowledge and skills as Registered Nurses (RN) in areas of leadership, community concepts, research and evidence based professional nursing practice related to current trends and issues in today’s global society.

Philosphy of Nursing
This philosophy describes the beliefs of the nursing faculty of Grantham University about human beings, society, health and nursing. The faculty has also chosen lifelong learning as an additional concept to be included in this philosophy.

Human beings are unique individuals by virtue of their development and lived experiences. Humans influence and are influenced by two interrelated forces, the internal and external environments. The internal environment consists of biological, psychological and spiritual factors, whereas the external environment consists of cultural, political, economic, physical and technological factors.

Society is the dynamic and constructed setting within which all persons exist and interact. It characterizes the norms, beliefs and mores, and defines the rights and responsibilities of its citizens.

Health balances mind-body-spirit, which is interpreted and expressed in individuals and groups. Health is a dynamic state in which the individual is constantly adapting to changes in the internal and external environment.v

Nursing synergizes science and art. The science of nursing embodies principles and theories of nursing, based on behavioral, and natural sciences that encompass knowledge, skills and professional values applied in a caring manner. The art of nursing exemplifies caring behaviors of warmth, sincerity, empathy, attentiveness and compassion. Professional nursing roles involve evidence-based practices that are preventative, restorative, and promotive across the lifespan of individuals, families and communities requiring care. Evolving professional roles are acknowledged and fostered.

Lifelong Learning. The faculty believes that learning is a process influenced by environmental conditions that continue across the lifespan. The faculty facilitates this learning process by creating a flexible environment and goal-oriented experiences for their students. Respect for individuality, freedom of expression, shared decision making and mutual trust promote egalitarian relationships and create an optimal learning environment.

In conclusion, the nursing faculty accepts responsibility to provide students with quality educational experiences necessary for personal and professional growth. Likewise, graduates understand the extent and limitations of their roles and are encouraged to increase their professional knowledge and responsibilities to society through continuing education.

Consistent with the philosophical statements contained in this document, and the University vision and mission, the faculty will incorporate these beliefs throughout the nursing curriculum.

Adopted by the Faculty this 21 Day of July, 2010

Reviewed and approved by Nursing Faculty: January 2012