Welcome to the St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University. This is an exciting time to be embarking on a career in healthcare and the ever changing field of nursing. Our nationally accredited Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program opened in the fall 2010 in a newly constructed nursing building on the Round Rock campus. In fall 2013, we opened a Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing track to help address the critical shortage of primary care providers in Texas.
Our national healthcare system is in a state of flux and will require innovative solutions from healthcare professionals in order to meet the demands of shrinking budgets and an aging public who are medically fragile. Nursing as a profession is uniquely poised to partner in the system changes. To prepare graduates to meet these challenges, we gathered the most current evidence regarding the education and practice of nursing to develop a nursing program for the 21st century. Our simulation laboratories are one example of the cutting edge technology used to benefit our students.
The mission of our program is to prepare graduate nurses to collaboratively function in interprofessional healthcare teams to meet the needs of increasing complex patient populations. While caring is a necessary component of the practice of nursing, it is not sufficient. Nurses must have a strong theoretical and scientific basis for the practice of nursing, thus the curriculum is grounded in science as well as the art of nursing. Our graduates are prepared to promote, maintain and restore health, and provide end-of-life care for diverse individuals of all ages and communities using evidence-based practice and client involvement.
As nurse educators we are committed to sharing our knowledge and passion, and hope to transmit the excitement, joy and comfort gained from our practice. My challenge to you is to find your passion and make a difference.