Mission Statement
To expand knowledge and skills in areas of leadership, community concepts, research and evidence-based professional nursing practice related to current trends and issues in today’s global society.

Philosophy of Nursing

The global society requires the nurse to be competent in digital literacy and technological skills to maintain evidence-based practice that leads to improved health outcomes and interdisciplinary collaboration. Nursing education embraces innovation in curriculum delivery and promotes asynchronous learning in a virtual environment.

Nursing practices in a multicultural society and creates a caring, respectful environment that values the uniqueness of each person. Nursing education fosters respect for cultural and ethnic diversity and focuses on personal and professional growth of the learner.

Nursing utilizes evidence-based practice to guide performance. Critical thinking involves the integration of inquiry, analysis and judgment to provide enhanced outcomes in patient-centered care. Post-licensure programs contribute to the body of nursing knowledge through strategic curriculum design that incorporates authentic, scholarly projects.

Communication, through written, verbal, non-verbal and electronic modes along with collaborative skills, produces a positive work environment, enhances the productivity of the nursing team, and promotes interpersonal relationships leading to patient-centered care. Interdisciplinary practice depends on teamwork to produce effective outcomes in the contemporary healthcare environment.

Nursing education also participates in quality improvement to provide a current, rigorous curriculum that is consistent with contemporary practice and technological advancesQuality improvement is a core value in healthcare leading to improved safety and positive patient care outcomes. Professional nursing participates in quality improvement processes and is committed to continual performance improvement to deliver the highest standards of care to a diverse population.

Professional standards are upheld through moral, ethical and legal conduct with an assumption of personal accountability for all personal and professional actions. Evaluation of professional responsibilities is an ongoing process in response to the needs of the nursing profession in a global society.

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 & Mission, the faculty will incorporate these beliefs throughout the nursing curriculum.

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 planning 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.

The faculty also believes that the bachelor’s degree in nursing is the entry level for professional nursing practice. Nursing education at the master’s level is the minimal preparation for advanced nursing practice. Doctoral nursing education prepares nurses as clinicians, educators, leaders, researchers, scholars and visionaries.

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 evaluate their professional responsibilities to society through
continuing education.

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