School of Nursing Philosophy, Bryan College of Health Sciences

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School of Nursing Philosophy

The faculty of Bryan College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, believes that:

Nursing is an art and a science: the embodiment of caring. It consists of a unique, integrated body of knowledge and requires critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills.

Nursing addresses holistic human responses to varied levels of health in a variety of settings, and is concerned with illness prevention, health promotion and health maintenance. Nurses actively collaborate with other healthcare professionals to promote safe holistic care of their clients. They provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities. Nursing requires commitment and responsibility to society and to the profession.

The individual is a unique and multidimensional being with inherent worth and dignity. Individuals interact with the environment in a dynamic process which requires change over time. Individuals have the capacity to care, to learn, and to change. They have the right to determine and participate in activities that affect their health status, and therefore are responsible for their own actions.

Environment is both internal and external. The internal environment is unique to the individual. The external environment is global, geopolitical, cultural and technical. The relationship between the individual and the environment is both dynamic and reciprocal.

Health is a dynamic state influenced by heredity, the environment and the individual's lifestyle. The state of health is reflected within an individual's physical, psychological, spiritual, developmental and sociocultural dimensions. Individuals, families and communities differ in how health is perceived and valued, and have the right to define their own health. The pursuit of health is the right and responsibility of each individual.

Learning is a life-long, interactive process that builds on previous experience and ideally results in change in attitudes, beliefs and/or behaviors. Learning occurs in a variety of environments, and involves the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.

Professional nursing education is built on an integrated study of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in order to promote critical thinking, caring, respect and concern for individuals, families, communities and societies. This integrated program of nursing science and General Education is designed to develop an appreciation for the arts and sciences. This contributes to an individual's understanding of and participation in society as a whole. The nursing major provides a theoretical base concurrent with practice in a variety of settings, and prepares a nurse generalist. Baccalaureate education provides the foundation for graduate education and advanced practice and expands an individual's perspectives on life, attitudes, values and beliefs.

The faculty are responsible as role models, mentors and teachers for providing a caring environment in which students are free to explore and develop personally, professionally and intellectually. The College provides a full range of nursing activities within the multiple contexts of legal and ethical boundaries, political and economic forces, sociocultural influences, and spiritual and historical factors. This environment will provide quality education which develops critical thinking and nursing competence. A graduate of the College will possess the ability to integrate theories, concepts, and research findings into nursing practice, shaping the future of nursing and meeting the emerging healthcare needs of society.

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