Department of Nursing Philosophy
St. Cloud state University Department of Nursing believes nursing is a professional discipline grounded in the knowledge of the sciences, arts, and humanities, with professional values and ethics at its core. The need for nursing is universal, and the practice of nursing continues to evolve reflecting the ever-changing needs of a diverse and global society. Nursing has a fundamental responsibility and commitment to promote health and harmony, prevent illness, restore health, care for the sick, alleviate suffering, and give compassionate care at the end of life.
Nurses work collaboratively with others to meet the complex health needs of individuals, families, aggregates, communities and populations in a variety of diverse environments and care settings. The goals of nursing are achieved through an interpersonal process that respects the rights, dignity, autonomy, values, diversity, and culture of all people.
Professional values and ethics are integral to the foundation of nursing’s commitment to society and include:
- Integrity through caring, clinical excellence, sound critical thinking and judgments,
- Autonomy through advocacy for client-centered care in environments which promote health,
- A commitment to social justice in professional practice, relationships, and the promotion of public policy.
Caring is central to nursing practice and requires the integration of knowledge, values, and actions to provide quality care. A professional caring relationship is based on respect for the harmony of person, family, environment, and health.
Person is a unique, dynamic balance of body, mind and spirit seeking to achieve and maintain harmony through coping and responding to the internal and external environment. Personal health is a contextual self-defined process, determined, and experienced within the socio-cultural beliefs and values of family and community.
A person’s internal and external environment is ever-changing and includes the totality of forces that influence the human health experience.
Nursing education is a dynamic process in which students and faculty collaborate in community to achieve a foundation for excellence in nursing practice. The teaching-learning process is student-centered and involves active participation in a broad range of activities which promote critical thinking, development of professional values and a commitment to life-long learning.