Nursing Science

Department of Nursing Program Goals

The Department of Nursing will:

  1. A. Emphasize a rich academic experience, promoting clinical, technological and professional excellence.
    B. Strive for excellence in all nursing programs through continuous quality improvement.
    C. Recruit and retain students and faculty from diverse talents and backgrounds. Contribute to health improvements for all by addressing the needs of the underserved, rural and vulnerable populations.
  2. Engage in scholarly or creative achievement that contribute to the discipline of nursing.
  3. Continue life-long learning through acquisition of new knowledge and skill related to clinical practice, education, research and professional issues in nursing.
  4. A. Support services and activities that will lead to retention, satisfaction and success rates and prepare students for graduate studies.
    B. Prepare graduates for positions in a variety of practice settings, incorporating professional and state regulations.
  5. Collaborate through partnerships, outreach, community-based research, service learning and volunteerism to enhance student learning outcomes.

At completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Integrate theory and research-based knowledge and skill from the arts, sciences, humanities, informatics, and genetics into professional nursing practice.
  2. Prepare nurse leaders to practice in a culturally diverse, rapidly changing, global society, who are engaged in professional development to provide highest quality and safe patient care through quality improvement
  3. Utilize critical thinking in the provision of holistic, evidence-based practice including integrative health that is culturally and ethnically sensitive and addresses the needs of indiviuals, families, groups, communities and populations in all stages of life.
  4. Integrate knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology into nursing practice.
  5. Examine healthcare policy, including financial and regulatory environments to influence the delivery of high quality and safe patient-centered care.
  6. Communicate and collaborate with inter-professional teams in the design, management and provision of safe, evidence based patient-centered care.
  7. Contribute to improvements in individual and population health through health promotion and disease prevention including the rural and underserved communities.
  8. Integrate professional values, of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice into a personal philosophy of nursing practice with caring at the core.
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