PN: Mission Statement and Philosophy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare caring and professional practical nurses to practice in a wellness-oriented, client-focused and consumer-sensitive health care system.

Philosophy

Faculty believe that every individual is unique and complex with biological, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions. Individual uniqueness and complexity must be respected. Individuals have a right to competent care. Individuals can and must be enabled to become equal partners with the health care team in care planning and decision making.

Faculty accept the World Health Organization's definition that health is a state of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being, and not just the absence of disease and is manifested in the extent to which an individual or group is able to achieve goals or meet needs, and cope with the impacting environment. Health is, therefore, a resource for living with biological, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions. The health status of individuals, families, aggregates and communities is determined by the degree of equilibrium between those dimensions. Health status is dynamic and influenced by interactions between the individual, family, community and society. Client response to those interactions is unique and manifested in an evolving level of health on the wellness-illness and developmental continua. Client health status is situationally and maturationally dependent.

Faculty believe that nursing is a practice discipline with caring as its core concept. Practical nurses are integral and valued members of the family of nursing. Practical nurses care for clients at the individual, family and aggregate levels in institutional and community settings. Practical nurses collaborate with health care team members in caring for clients. Practical nurses facilitate client empowerment in care planning and decision making. Practical nurses care for clients cognizant of their unique biological, psychosocial, spiritual and environmental uniqueness and complexity.

Practical nurses care for clients at all stages of the health and developmental continua. Practical nurses care for clients by applying synthesized knowledge that is empirically sound and derived from the biological, behavioral, social and nursing sciences. Practical nurses care for clients by promoting, maintaining and restoring health, preventing illness and/or injury, and providing palliation. Practical nurses care for clients within the scope and standard of care directed by the regulatory/licensing body and the employing agency.

Faculty believe that learning is an interactive and reciprocal process by which knowledge, competencies and attitudes are acquired. Learning occurs from formal and informal study, experience and role modeling. Learning is lifelong and is facilitated by a learning milieu that is student-focused and fosters caring, independence, critical inquiry and creativity. Life-long learning is integral to the maintenance of competencies and professional development. Learning is a unique experience for each student and is influenced by individual interests, values, life experiences and readiness to learn. Learning is the responsibility of the student. Creating a milieu conducive to learning is the shared responsibility of the professor and student. Students possess prior knowledge that has value and relevancy. Prior learning recognition fosters a commitment to life-long learning. Collaborative learning facilitates interdisciplinary understanding and fosters effective team functioning.