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Introduction: The philosophy of the programs of nursing at Lindenwood University upholds the values and expectations of the larger university and is consistent with the standards for professional nursing. A liberal arts education provides the foundation for a nursing program that maintains high academic standards in order to prepare students to practice wholistic, high quality nursing care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment.  Lindenwood University’s nursing programs are committed to offering innovative, value centered educational programs that emphasize caring, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment in preparation for professional nursing practice.

Deb Mercier and Jen Taylor
School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences faculty members 
Debbie Mercier (left), and Jen Taylor.

Person: The roots of nursing are grounded in care and service to human beings defined broadly as individuals, families, communities, and populations encountered in a variety of settings. The nursing faculty believes that all persons possess intrinsic worth, dignity, and integrity and supports self-determination particularly regarding choices of health and environment.  Each person has unique emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social attributes and responds differently to the environment based on those attributes. The professional nurse becomes a purposeful agent to assist the individual(s) to interact effectively with the environment.

Health: Health is a dynamic, complex state of well-being viewed holistically and globally, encompassing individuals, families, communities, and populations with varying degrees of health.  Health includes both objective and subjective components and is influenced by the perceptions of the individual.  Health includes the promotion of wellness as well as the prevention and treatment of illness.

Nursing: As a member of the profession, the nurse adopts an ecological view of nursing practice that incorporates health, policy, and environment. Nurses are responsible and accountable for the moral, ethical, legal, and scientific dimensions of practice.  Nursing is a profession and a discipline that is concerned with the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health, prevention of illness, and compassionate care of the dying. The professional nurse respectfully recognizes individual differences and the importance of these differences in maintaining or achieving health and exhibiting optimal responses to life experiences.  The nurse uses clinical reasoning and clinical judgment to design, manage, coordinate, and provide safe, quality care.  Caring is an inherent characteristic of nursing. Caring is demonstrated through compassionate concern to protect and enhance the human dignity of all people. Caring is cultivated and refined through promoting health, easing suffering, and nurturing the growth of others.  Nurses collaborate with individuals, families, communities, and other healthcare professionals to achieve a shared vision for optimal healthcare and made educated healthcare decisions

Nursing GroupTeaching/ Learning: Baccalaureate nursing graduates are prepared for generalist practice as a provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care and as a member of the nursing profession. The goal of education is to produce a nurse who is a self-assured, competent, caring professional. Learning is seen as a collaborative endeavor between the learner and the faculty.  Effective learning experiences occur in a non-threatening, nurturing environment.  Learning is facilitated through interaction and the application of knowledge, skills, and evidence into the practice environment. Learning occurs through engagement, scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, and the socialization of students into the caring practice of professional nursing.  Faculty members serve as facilitators and provide a structure within which the learner takes responsibility for learning. The student is taught to practice nursing in an evolving complex healthcare environment, provide leadership to promote health among culturally diverse people, and promote clinical excellence through evidence-based practice, ethical decision making, leadership skills, clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, life-long learning, and the independent and interdisciplinary pursuit of high quality healthcare.  The nursing faculty makes visible the connection between the foundation of liberal arts and sciences and professional nursing practice. Faculty members also serve as mentors and role models in classroom and clinical areas.  

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