Mission & Philosophy
The mission of the Nursing Program is to prepare professional nurses to practice from a holistic, caring framework in the delivery of safe, competent care. The Program is committed to creating an environment for learning which respects, nurtures, and celebrates social justice and cultural diversity among students, faculty, and staff. Support is provided for a high quality nursing educational opportunity for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, who are underrepresented among nurses. Flexible educational tracks contribute to making the Nursing Program more accessible to the working adult learner. The Nursing Program is committed to providing the local community with graduates who will be able to help alleviate nurse workforce shortages, especially among the underserved vulnerable populations. Preparing students with the values and goals of higher learning and a foundation of education in the liberal arts and sciences is also an important goal of the Program. In addition, the Nursing Program faculty support the University’s mission of preparing students across the lifespan for the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of contemporary work, civic, and family life.
Nursing is a discipline of knowledge and a field of professional practice grounded in caring. A professional caring nurse demonstrates qualities of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. Nurses participate with members of other disciplines to advance human understanding to enhance personal and societal living within a global environment. The well-being and wholeness of persons, families, groups, communities, and populations are nurtured through caring relationships. The nature of being human is to be caring. Person is viewed as a unique individual dynamically interconnected with others and the environment in caring relationships.
Professional caring nurses take into consideration not only their clients’ disease processes, but also their clients’ personal values and illness experiences. They engage in care of themselves in order to care for others. Caring nurses reflect on their own beliefs, attitudes, and values as they relate to issues that impact professional practice, such as vulnerable populations, unethical practices, and diversity in a multicultural healthcare environment.
A supportive environment for learning is a caring environment, in which all aspects of the human person are respected, nurtured, and celebrated. Within this learning environment, collegial relationships with faculty and students are fostered. Nursing education prepares the baccalaureate generalist graduate to practice within a holistic, caring framework. Holistic nursing care recognizes the need to address the mind, body, and spirit, as well as emotions. These fundamental beliefs concerning caring express the values and guide the professional practices and teaching of the faculty.
To facilitate our unique mission we will:
- Promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty
- Provide for a positive, nurturing, and caring educational environment that fosters independent learning, critical thinking, self-reflection, and the desire for continuing personal and professional growth
- Promote interactions and partnerships with our surrounding health care agencies and communities in the Washington DC Metropolitan area
- Build educational offerings and tracks that meet the evolving needs of the local students and health care communities
- Provide for innovative, supportive, high quality, and accessible academic programs
- Extend faculty expertise and interest through service to communities and professional organizations
- Promote and support diversity within the student population and university staff and faculty
The expected student learning outcomes for the Nursing Program are derived from a variety of established professional nursing standards, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) documents, The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008), the ANA Code of Ethics, and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Nursing Schools.
At completion of the BSN Nursing Program, the student will be able to:
- Value and integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences as a means of making nursing judgments and understanding the human experience
- Apply critical thinking in the nursing process using research-based knowledge and evidence-based health care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations
- Demonstrate professionalism as evidenced by self-reflection and applying values that epitomize caring: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice
- Provide quality health care within a framework of competent, moral, ethical, safe, and legal practices
- Perform technical skills competently which includes the use of computers, patient care technologies, and information management systems
- Deliver safe, competent, humanistic care that respects a client’s cultural, spiritual, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation diversity within the practice of an increasing global, multicultural environment
- Evidence a beginning understanding of complementary and alternative modalities and their role in health care
- Apply knowledge of health promotion, risk reduction, disease and injury prevention, and illness and disease management throughout the lifespan from the individual through the population levels
- Communicate, collaborate, and utilize concepts of group dynamics in order to provide for safe, high quality patient care as a member of the health care team
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of nursing history, contemporary issues, healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments that impact quality improvement, nursing, healthcare costs, and healthcare delivery
- Deliver nursing care as a provider, patient advocate, educator, and counselor within a holistic, caring framework in the assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating of outcomes of patient care
- Discuss the nurse’s role and participation in emergency nursing situations, environmental disasters, and bioterrorism
- Perform as a designer/coordinator/manager of care through leading, collaborating, delegating, negotiating, and evaluating within interdisciplinary systems
- Articulate his/her professional identity as a member of the nursing profession in the role of advocate for the profession and respect for lifelong learning and advancement of the profession
- Discuss the role of the nurse in collaboration with other health professionals and the public in the promotion of community, national, and international efforts to meet society’s health needs and shape social policy
Curricular threads for the BSN program that are emphasized in every nursing course are:
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Critical Thinking
- Information Technology Systems
- Safe and Competent Patient Care