Nursing: Mission
& Outcomes

Nursing

Mission and Philosophy of Lourdes University
College of Nursing

Mission

To prepare undergraduate and graduate students in an individualized educational environment that incorporates quality nursing practice, critical thinking, leadership, diversity, and Christian ethics. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs will prepare professional nurses who are competent in providing holistic care in a variety of settings in a dynamic society. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree builds on the liberal arts tradition of the University to prepare nurse generalists who are able to practice in the community, fulfill leadership roles, and utilize research. The Master of Science in Nursing degree builds upon the baccalaureate curriculum to prepare graduates for advanced nursing roles by promoting the development of advanced education and nursing leadership, and advanced clinical practice in nurse anesthesia knowledge, concepts, and skills. Emphasis is placed on nursing theory, research, and practice to facilitate personal and professional development in an environment that reflects the University’s Franciscan values and encourages lifelong learning.

Philosophy

The Faculty believes health is the dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being that is defined in the context of personal values and culture.

The Faculty believes nursing is a scientific and caring profession which utilizes the most current evidence in diagnosis and treatment to optimize health, reduce risk, and promote wellness.

The Faculty believes learning results in an increase in self understanding and discovery of knowledge, values, and skills. Learning occurs in a supportive environment through a collaborative partnership that requires active involvement on the part of a student/learner and educator/facilitator.

The Faculty believes baccalaureate nursing education builds on a liberal arts education to prepare generalists to practice values-based nursing within the community, fulfill leadership roles and provide evidenced based nursing care.  Masters nursing education builds upon the baccalaureate curriculum to prepare graduates for advanced nursing roles by promoting the development of advanced knowledge, concepts and skills.

Approved by GNA 5/13/2009

Concept

Program Learning Outcome

Patient Centered Care

Provide nursing care that recognizes the patient as a full partner and source of control.

Safety

Through individual performance and organizational processes, provide care to patients that minimizes risk of harm to patient, others and self

Collaboration

Participate fully in the health care team in such a way that fosters mutual respect and shared decision making.

Evidence Based Care

Provide nursing care that is based on current evidence, clinical expertise and patient preference, needs and values.

Quality Improvement

Participate fully in processes to monitor outcomes and improve patient care

Informatics

Use current technology to manage patient information and other data to maximize safety and optimize health outcomes.

Values Based Care

Provide nursing care grounded in the Christian ethic and portraying the core nursing values of accountability, caring, communication, clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and lifelong learning

Leadership

Provides nursing care while modeling the professional roles of coordinator of care, educator; advocate, and leader

Community

Provides nursing care recognizing the populations and groups are patients with unique needs and requiring the services of educated nurses

Culture

Provides nursing care with an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse backgrounds, values and beliefs of each individual and group.