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The faculty believes Nursing is an art and science expressed through therapeutic and caring relationships which promote optimal physical, psychological and spiritual health and well-being.  The core values of caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient-centeredness are reflected in the curriculum.  The curriculum promotes the attainment of the educational outcomes of Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and Spirit of Inquiry. 

 Core Values

Caring means "promoting health, healing and hope in response to the human condition.  A culture of caring, as a fundamental part of the nursing profession, characterizes our concern and consideration for the whole person, our commitment to the common good, and our outreach to those who are vulnerable."

Diversity means "recognizing differences among persons, ideas, values, and ethnicities," while affirming the uniqueness of each.  "A culture of diversity embraces acceptance and respect.  We understand that each individual is unique and recognize individual differences, which can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  A culture of diversity is about understanding ourselves and each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the richness of each individual.  While diversity can be about individual differences, it also encompasses institutional and system-wide behavior patterns."

Ethics "involves reflective consideration of personal, societal, and professional values, principles, and codes that shape nursing practice.  Ethical decision making requires applying an inclusive, holistic, systematic process for identifying and synthesizing moral issues in health care and nursing practice, and for acting as moral agents (and advocate) in caring for patients, families, communities, societies, populations, and organizations.  Ethics in nursing integrates knowledge with human caring and compassion, while respecting the dignity, self-determination, and worth of all persons."

Excellence "...reflects a commitment to continuous growth, improvement, and understandingIt is a culture where transformation is embraced, and the status quo and mediocrity are not tolerated."

Holism is "all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal".  Holism "recognizes the totality of the human being-the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, social/cultural, relationship, context, and environment."

Integrity is "striving consistently to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons...It means accepting accountability for our actions while being fully committed to the betterment of patient care, and while advocating for patients in a consistently professional and ethical manner."

Patient Centeredness is an "orientation to care that incorporates and reflects the uniqueness of an individual patient's background, personal preferences, culture, values, traditions, and family.  A patient-centered approach supports optimal health outcomes by involving patients and those close to them in decisions about their clinical care.  Patient centeredness supports the respectful, efficient, safe, and well-coordinated transition of the patient through all levels of care."

Student Learning Outcomes

Human Flourishing:  Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as diverse human beings.

Nursing Judgement:  Utilize the nursing process as a critical thinking tool to make judgments in practice while integrating nursing science to provide evidence-based, safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family context.

Professional Identity:  Express one's identity as a nurse through actions that reflect integrity, a commitment to evidence-based practice, effective communication, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family context.

Spirit of Inquiry:  Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to improve the quality of care for patients and families.

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