|MWSU | Academics/Departments | Nursing & Allied Health||DEPARTMENT OF NURSING PHILOSOPHY|
The faculty believe that professional nursing practice is based upon the integration of the concepts related to person, health, environment and nursing.
Standards-based practice underpins the implementation of the nursing process and is focused on maintaining, restoring or promoting optimal health. Application of the nursing process requires critical thinking, nursing judgments and competent nursing actions. The nursing process is implemented through a collaborative nurse/client relationship that involves therapeutic interpersonal communication and mutually defined goals and desired outcomes. Professional nursing integrates multiple role expectations including leader, follower, provider, designer, manager and coordinator of care. The professional nurse promotes, participates in and uses research as a part of a commitment to high quality care, evidence-based practice and improved outcomes.
Nursing is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary health care system which has the responsibility to provide accessible, cost-effective, quality care. As such, professional nurses must possess effective organizational and teamwork skills; a service orientation; an ethic of professional and social responsibility; cost awareness and accountability for clinical outcomes; commitment to continuous improvement of health care and competency in population-based care.
In addition, the Department
of Nursing faculty hold the following
beliefs related to baccalaureate
education of student nurses:
Learning is a life-long process of developing individual potential through a spirit of inquiry and self-motivation. Learning involves cognitive, affective and psychomotor components and development of critical and creative thinking. The learner is accountable for his/her learning and is expected to demonstrate responsibility for independence and self-direction.
Faculty have accountability for facilitating student learning by developing, implementing and evaluating quality learning experiences based on current research and practice. Faculty also have individual responsibility for scholarship including dimensions of discovery, integration, application and teaching.