Nursing Program Vision, Mission, Philosophy, and Values
To create an educational environment fostering the holistic development of students at the practical and professional levels of nursing who effectively influence and manage responses of individuals and groups across the health/wellness/illness continuum.
Minnesota State College Southeast prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community.
Nursing faculty embraces the college mission. This mission is integrated throughout the nursing curriculum. Nursing faculty facilitates the education of students in the art and science of nursing utilizing concept-based instruction.
The philosophy of the nursing department incorporates conceptual learning within three domains: nursing, individuals, and healthcare systems.
Nursing faculty incorporate influences from teaching, scholarship, and service. We believe nursing is an integration of art and science utilizing documented best practice, caring skills, empathy, ethics and the development of therapeutic relationships. Additionally, we support the definition of nursing as defined by the International Council of Nurses (2010):
Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups, and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled, and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles.
We believe that individuals have dignity, personal worth, a purpose for being, and certain inalienable rights. The domain of individuals may incorporate a significant support person, member(s) of a family, community, or culturally diverse society. Each individual has a right to health care and to information that will facilitate active participation in the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health.
The World Health Organization (2012) defines healthcare systems as "all the activities whose primary purpose is to promote, restore, and/or maintain health". We believe that health is an individually defined dynamic state which exists on a continuum from optimal wellness to illness and ending in death. According to Healthy People 2020 (2011), multiple aspects influence health status, especially personal, social, economic, and environmental elements.
1. We value the seamless delivery of nursing education and life-long learning for personal and professional growth.
2. We value the application of critical thinking in the educational process which correlates theory and clinical experience.
3. We value nursing delivered in a safe, competent, culturally sensitive way to a diverse society.
4. We value utilizing the nursing process as a scientific method of providing and managing nursing care.
5. We value educational practices that are evidence-based.
6. We value a learning environment that fosters mutual respect and encourages student autonomy, accountability, and responsibility.
7. We value both the practical and professional levels of nursing as delineated by the nursing scope of practice.
Healthy People 2020. (2011). Leading health indicators. Retrieved from http://healthypeople.gov/2020/LHI/default.aspx
International Council of Nurses. (2010). Definition of nursing. Retrieved from http://www.icn.ch/about-icn/icn-definition-of-nursing/
World Health Organization. (2010). Key components of a well functioning health system. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/healthsystems/publications/hss_key/en/index.html