School of Nursing
School of Nursing
Location: Welch Hall
For more information related to the School of Nursing, please contact Cathy Crandall: 310-243 -3426
The philosophy of the School of Nursing is a statement of beliefs and values held by the faculty about health, persons, environment, nursing, healthcare, education and learning. We believe that health is a dynamic continuum of interactive processes and health conditions, ranging from wellness to end-of-life. Persons participate in health-related activities based on their beliefs and values within the context of culture and society. The term "person" refers to individuals, families, communities and populations, especially those who are at risk, vulnerable or living in underserved communities. We believe the environment is global and dynamic in nature; it includes the constant, mutual interaction of internal and external forces upon individuals, families, communities and societies. We value diversity and strive to assure the provision of quality, cost-effective, culturally competent nursing care to all persons.
We believe that quality healthcare should be accessible to all people and that it should be delivered according to the principle of justice. Professional nurses assume multiple roles in providing healthcare services to persons in settings wherever nursing is required. Nurses adhere to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics* and the professional standards that define safe and effective nursing practice. Through political awareness and action, nurses shape the healthcare delivery system.
We believe that nursing education at the University level prepares registered nurses for roles that focus on prevention and health, as well as illness. We value ongoing opportunities to employ technological advances to make higher-degree programs accessible to registered nurses locally, nationally and internationally using distance education delivery systems. We believe that education is a shared undertaking wherein the faculty is the facilitator and the learner is an active participant in knowledge development through the use of technology and student-centered learning activities. Further, we believe that learning is lifelong, and includes all facets of the adult learner's environment - home, workplace and society.
We believe that curricula are designed to prepare registered nurses for roles in an ever-changing, evolving society and healthcare system. Curricula reflect responses to current trends and the demands of nursing and healthcare delivery systems, and proactive thinking about the future of nursing and healthcare.
The undergraduate curriculum is a vehicle for registered nurse students to develop personal and professional accountability, critical thinking, and the ability to select and apply theories, principles, concepts and research to the delivery of quality nursing care. The graduate curriculum builds directly upon the undergraduate nursing program and prepares registered nurses for advanced practice roles as leaders, educators, and providers of health promotion, disease prevention and disease management for individuals, families, groups, and populations. Graduates are prepared with in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced skills to critically analyze information and systems to provide, or direct others to provide, evidence-based patient care, recognizing its contextual nature and novel circumstances. Success is achieved when students meet or exceed the program outcomes and fulfill their personal and professional goals for their career and stage of life.
*ANA Code of Ethics (need reference here)
Approved by SON Faculty 12-10-0