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Philosophy/Mission, Goals, Student Learning Outcomes of the Curriculum

Philosophy/Mission, Vision Goals, Student Learning Outcomes of the Curriculum


Mission Statement

The Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Health Network is committed to providing quality nursing education that prepares graduates to seek licensure as a Registered Nurse and to provide safe quality, evidence-based patient-centered nursing care in a variety of health care settings.

Vision

To be recognized as a nationally accredited, excellent nursing education program by students, peers, employers and the community.

Goals

It is the goal of the School of Nursing to:

1. Prepare the graduate to practice as an entry-level professional nurse who utilizes evidence-based practice when providing quality care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings.

2. Promote commitment to life-long learning to enhance professional practice.

3. Contribute to the development of responsible nursing leaders by integrating theories and concepts of leadership and management into nursing practice.

4. Develop responsible and accountable graduates who practice within the legal limits and professional and ethical standards of nursing.

Philosophy 

The Faculty of the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing believe that:

Nursing is a process by which theoretical and scientific knowledge is combined with caring and compassionate behaviors for the purpose of assisting patients to move in the direction of optimal health. Nursing recognizes that health is a dynamic state of equilibrium that exists on a continuum and is unique to the patient’s values and beliefs. Nursing encompasses the promotion of wellness, the care and prevention of illness or disability, and the rehabilitation of patients, families, and groups in healthcare and community settings.  The patient or designee is recognized as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care that respects the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.  Nursing involves direct care, therapeutic communication, teaching, and application of the nursing process to facilitate holistic care.  Through the use of critical thinking and inter-professional collaboration, the nurse develops and implements a plan of care for preventative, supportive, and rehabilitative services across the patient’s lifespan.

Education is a life-long learning process by which behavior is changed through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes.  Nursing education guides and encourages these behaviors in learning and practice which prepare the student for fulfillment of his/her role in nursing.  Nursing education correlates theoretical and scientific knowledge and evidence-based nursing practice with varied learning experiences.  Evidence-based nursing practice integrates the best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal and safe health care. Nursing education is founded on evidence-based practice and promotes wellness in the community through health screening and patient education.  The educational process is enhanced when there are clearly defined learning outcomes and educational experiences that progress from simple to complex requiring knowledge and skills that emphasize the nursing process, caring, problem solving and critical thinking.

Leadership and Management is the knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibility of nurse leaders in healthcare systems.  The integration of theories, principles, and concepts of leadership and management provide a framework for enhancement of interpersonal skills to accomplish goals which foster an environment of mutual respect.  The nurse coordinates resources and nursing informatics to monitor outcomes of care to continuously improve the quality and safety of patients, families, and community.

Accountability is taking responsibility for one’s own actions and judgments related to delivery of safe, quality patient care.  The nursing education program, its curriculum, and associated learning experiences are designed to promote personal and professional growth, and to foster professional, legal, and ethical accountability, critical thinking, and self-direction in the student and graduate.

The educational program furnishes learning experiences in Principles of Nursing, Medical-Surgical, Maternal-Child, Mental Health and Community Health Nursing. It is designed to develop the student’s evidence-based nursing knowledge and skills enabling them to provide safe, culturally and socially sensitive care to patients in all settings. It further promotes personal and professional growth through continuing education and fosters accountability, critical-thinking and development of leadership and management skills. The program emphasizes interprofessional collaboration and community responsibility as imperatives for the new graduate in their adaptation to the evolving role of the professional nurse in the health care delivery system.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Curriculum

Nursing

  • Provide safe, evidence-based patient-centered care to patients, families, and groups in health care and community settings.
  • Integrate caring and compassionate behaviors with evidence-based practice to assist patients to move toward optimal health.
  • Implement nursing interventions to promote, maintain, and restore health.
  • Employ effective communication techniques when interacting with a diverse patient population, families, and groups in healthcare and community settings.
  • Collaborate with members of the interprofessional health care team to provide safe, quality patient care.
  • Implement a plan of care that considers the patient as a full partner in the provision of care that respects the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.

Education

  • Engage in the critical thinking process by using the best evidence to provide safe health care.
  • Implement patient education and health screening activities that  promote wellness in the community.
  • Plan to engage in life-long learning to enhance professional practice.

Leadership and Management

  • Coordinate resources and nursing informatics to monitor outcomes of care for patients, families, and the community.
  • Develop plans that improve the   quality and safety of care based on evaluation of outcomes.
  • Utilize theories, principles, and concepts of leadership and management in nursing  practice.

Accountability

  • Practice within the legal, ethical, and professional standards of nursing
  • Evaluate self for personal and professional growth.
  • Actively participates in the evaluation of the curriculum.