The School of Nursing offers a nursing program designed to meet the needs of students for a broad general education essential to the professional nursing role. The faculty in this program bases the curriculum on the following beliefs:
Human beings are integrated individuals with physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. Human beings strive for understanding and mastery as they attempt to meet basic human needs while progressing through the developmental stages of life. As open systems, human beings experience internal and external stressors to which they must adapt in order to attain and maintain health. Human beings have inherent dignity and have the right and responsibility to make choices as they cope with stressors and attempt to resolve problems.
Environment consists of all internal and external forces surrounding an individual which could affect life and development. Because internal and external environments are open systems, every aspect of the environment must be considered an influencing factor in health.
Health is a state and a dynamic process of being and becoming integrated and whole through life experiences (Roy) which involves the dimensions of physiological, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual. When the human being is able to cope with internal and external stressors which threaten any dimension, the individual maintains a state of health. When the human being is unable to cope with stressors or copes in a maladaptive manner, a state of illness may result. Illness then, results in a subjective feeling of not being well. While nursing assists clients to identify health care needs, clients ultimately are responsible for health care choices.
Nursing is a caring profession in which the practitioner facilitates health, wellness, and healing of individuals, groups and communities. The professional nurse uses objective data and the client’s subjective experience in the processes of diagnosis and treatment of human experiences and responses to health and illness through the roles of provider of care, member of the profession and designer/manager/coordinator of care.