School of Nursing Mission & Philosophy
Allen College Nursing Programs prepare graduates who meet essential professional practice standards in a variety of settings and within diverse communities. These nursing programs build on a foundation of liberal education with an emphasis on scholarship, experiential and lifelong learning, and community service.
The philosophy and purpose of the nursing program arise from the mission, philosophy, and goals of Allen College. The faculty values the goals of higher education and supports the missions of scholarship, practice, and service.
Nursing is an art and science that is continuously evolving through synthesis of theory and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines. As a holistic and humanistic profession, nursing is concerned with the health-related biopsychosocial, spiritual, and intellectual needs of diverse clients. Caring is the essence of nursing practice and is actualized in the context of the nurse-client relationship. Nurses apply the nursing process while using evidence, critical thinking, and clinical judgment to provide client-centered care. As members of the health team, nurses collaborate with other health professionals in the delivery of safe, high quality, culturally sensitive care to diverse individuals, families, and communities.
The faculty believes in a holistic approach to nursing education, recognizing the uniqueness of each individual. The teaching-learning process involves a dynamic interaction among teacher, learner, and environment. Learning is an active, lifelong, self-motivated process necessary for professional and personal development. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes are best transferred using principles of good teaching and a variety of teaching methods in diverse settings. The Allen College faculty value service to the community as an extension of learning that fosters the development of a sense of caring for others.