Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Outcomes
In pursuing excellence in nursing education, we the faculty and staff of the St. David’s School of Nursing are guided by shared values. We believe in:
- Educational opportunities which provide for intellectual and professional growth and that challenge students to excel in nursing
- A holistic approach to nursing education across the continuum of health and the lifespan
- Diversity and a spirit of inclusiveness with respect for the dignity of every person
- Cultivation of character and civility through the modeling of honesty, integrity, caring, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior
- Teaching and learning based on student involvement and free exchange of ideas and diverse perspectives
- Research, scholarship, and creative activity as a source for evidence-based practice and generation of new knowledge and an expression of the human spirit
- Commitment to public service and advocacy as a resource for personal, educational, cultural, and economic development in promotion of a healthy environment
- Thoughtful reflection, collaboration, planning, and evaluation of diverse and changing healthcare needs, practices, and resources
- Professional competency, systematic use of the nursing process, leadership, clinical judgment and lifelong learning leading to ethical, safe, quality patient care
- Interprofessional activity facilitating the advancement of science and positive patient outcomes
- Providing recognition that is balanced and acknowledging faculty and students for excellence in teaching, practice and scholarship.
We the faculty are committed to:
- Graduate well-prepared Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students who are able to obtain Registered Nurse licensure and function at the beginning practice level
- Equip nursing graduates to adapt to rapid changes in healthcare delivery and practice
- Build a foundation for nursing graduates to pursue excellence in practice and national recognition
- Provide programs at the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and/or the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) levels
- Pursue funding to promote diversity in the admission and graduation of students
- Develop an overall plan for faculty scholarship
- Provide faculty access to professional development
- Partner with University Advancement to support a sustainable plan for nursing programs
- Assess, identify and develop a plan to address community needs
- Foster educational partnerships with community organizations for academic programs
Nursing Program Student Educational Outcomes
- Facilitate safe, holistic and effective patient/family centered care outcomes through use of evidence-based research and other science-based frameworks to promote and maintain health, prevent disease, and manage illness.
- Demonstrate professional accountability and responsibility for nursing judgments and actions within an ethical and legal framework, utilizing the most current knowledge.
- Demonstrate leadership in the provision and coordination of safe, cost effective and high quality nursing care.
- Advocate for patients, families, communities, and the nursing profession, applying values and utilizing an ethical framework, clinical reasoning, and cultural competence.
- Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, educate, mitigate error and support decision making.
- Provide entry-level professional nursing care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
- Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally competent care.
- Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care.
At the completion of the MSN program, a graduate of the St. David’s School of Nursing will be able to:
- Integrate nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations.
- Incorporate current and emerging genetic/genomic evidence as well as biopsycho-ecological paradigms in providing advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and communities while accounting for patient values and clinical judgment.
- Design nursing care for a clinical or community-focused population based on biopsychosocial, public health, nursing, and organizational sciences.
- Evaluate the nutritional, vitamin, supplemental, herbal interventions in individuals, groups, and communities.
- Apply ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to assess, intervene, and evaluate advanced nursing care delivery.
- Synthesize evidence for practice to determine appropriate application of interventions across diverse populations.
- Use quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals and communities.
- Integrate organizational science and informatics to make changes in the care environment to improve health outcomes.
- Analyze nursing history to expand thinking and provide a sense of professional heritage and identity.
- Synthesize integrative practices based on biopsychoneurological scientific underpinnings, cognitive neuroscience, and psychoneuroimmunology.