The philosophy of the faculty at the School of Nursing is a statement of the beliefs and values they hold about the discipline and profession of nursing as well as nursing education. The conceptual framework and the goals of the undergraduate and graduate programs are built upon this philosophy.

Nursing is both a practice discipline and a profession. Comprising the discipline is a unique body of knowledge that is integral to nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing administration. The body of knowledge is continuously developed and refined as an outcome of scientific, historical, philosophical, and ethical inquiry. Nursing knowledge is generated about health experiences and behaviors of persons across the life span. Testing and validation of interventions used in nursing practice generates evidence to support best practices. The metaparadigm concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing form the foundation upon which inquiry and the profession are based.

Nurses use knowledge developed by the discipline to promote optimal health and achieve professional goals. Nursing is an essential component of the healthcare delivery system and includes the promotion of wellness, the detection of alterations in health, and the provision of care for those with illness, disease, or dysfunction. Professional nursing is characterized by inquiry, caring, and practice. Nurses are professionally, ethically, and legally accountable for the care they provide; and their practice includes independent and collaborative functions.

Nursing education is built upon a foundation of a broad general education and professional nursing curriculum that provides opportunities for learners to attain knowledge and competencies required to practice nursing. Mature learners identify their own learning needs and assume responsibility for continued learning. Effective teachers establish a learner-centered environment that promotes collaboration among themselves and their learners for achievement of educational goals. Baccalaureate education prepares nurses to practice as generalists, while specialty education at the master’s level prepares advanced practice registered nurses, administrators, and educators. At the doctoral level, nurses are prepared as scientists to practice in academia and industry and as advanced practice registered nurses for delivery of healthcare.