The practice of nursing is both an art and a science. Nursing requires knowledge and skill that demand a strong background in the humanities and social, behavioral, and biological sciences. Nursing is understood to mean a therapeutic helping relationship devoted to promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities within the context of human responses to health experiences.
Selected themes serve to provide recurrent foci throughout the nursing program. The themes and their definitions are:
- Caring — The therapeutic use of self which utilizes humanistic and scientific knowledge to enable individuals, families, groups, and communities to promote, maintain, and restore health.
- Health — The human response to the dynamic interaction of persons and environment across the lifespan.
- Learning — Learning is a complex process that involves personal, emotional and intellectual change. It is collaborative, evolutionary and lifelong.
- Commitment to Human Dignity — Commitment to human dignity provides the guidance for ethical and compassionate service to others. Nurses value individuality and are responsive to individual needs while evidencing respect for diversity of others.
- Nursing — Nursing is an art and a science. It is the therapeutic helping relationship devoted to promoting, restoring and maintaining the health of individuals, families, groups and communities within the context of human responses.
Selected nursing roles are emphasized throughout the nursing program. The roles and their definitions are:
- Educator — The nurse educator uses communication skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate client learning. The nurse shares information both formally and informally and acts as a consultant to promote, restore and maintain health.
- Researcher — The nurse researcher uses and participates in nursing research to increase knowledge in nursing and improve client care.
- Advocate — The nurse advocate promotes human dignity, respects diversity, and protects the legal rights of clients. The nurse enhances access to health care and assists clients in making informed decisions regarding health.
- Manager — The nurse manager demonstrates an ability to communicate effectively, uses critical thinking skills, coordinates cost effective care, and provides case management. The nurse manager delegates care, guides and directs others, and collaborates with interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary health care teams.
- Provider — The nurse provider combines the art of caring and the science of nursing to meet the holistic needs of individuals, families and communities through collaboration with other health professionals.