The mission of the Bethel University Department of Nursing is to provide our students with the opportunities, education, experiences, environment, mentoring and leadership necessary for them to develop to their highest potential as professional nurses.
Highest potential is defined as each student being prepared to exhibit excellence by positively impacting health care of the patient communities served, demonstrating competency by delivery of the ultimate level of safe quality care created by participation in interprofessional collaboration, life-long learning and advanced education, and implementing an evidence-based practice as the standard of care.
The vision of the Bethel University Department of Nursing is to be the premier nursing school in the region. The faculty expects our graduates to be distinguished as a result of their caring and compassion, academic, clinical and professional excellence, commitment to professional nursing, advocacy for their patients’ and communities’ health, contribution to the advancement of safe, quality patient care, and leadership in the implementation and standardization of evidence-based practice in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
We, the Bethel University Nursing Faculty, believe that each person is a unique product of his or her environment; that learning is a result of the teaching-learning process; that health impacts quality of life; and that nursing is the art and science of care-giving, the prevention of illness, and promotion of health.
We believe that each person is a global citizen who exists and functions within the context of family, community, and world. We believe that each person is responsible and accountable for the decisions he or she makes and for the consequences resulting from those decisions. We believe in the intrinsic value of each person and that he or she is deserving of respect and dignity throughout the lifespan. We see each person as a holistic being whose interaction with his or her environment has the potential to positively influence the purpose and meaning that others derive from their existence.
We believe that environment shapes the person, just as the person exerts an influence upon his or her environment. Our belief is that a person’s environment is the sum of the physical aspects of one’s internal and external existence as well as moral, cultural, psychosocial, socioeconomic, spiritual, political, educational, ecological and technological forces. We also believe that individuals make choices about how they interact with their environment resulting in an impact on their lives.
We believe that learning is the principal way in which individuals enhance the efficacy of their interactions within their environment. We believe that learning gives people the skills and knowledge they need to be successful on a personal level while allowing them to contribute to the benefit and welfare of society. We believe that learning is an individual process, that every person has potential and can learn. We also believe that every person has the responsibility to be an active participant in the learning process and is personably accountable for his or her learning outcomes.
We believe that learning is the sum of the outcomes from the teaching-learning process. The teaching-learning process is a reciprocal endeavor that involves the active, mutually cooperative participation of faculty and students in the learning environment. We believe that it is our responsibility to provide our students with the leadership, professional guidance, and academic foundation to be successful in the nursing profession. It is our professional obligation to instill a passion for life-long learning in our students to enable them to stay well-informed of the changes in health care science, technology, and evidence-based practice.
We believe that health—on the individual, community, and global level—is nursing’s reason for being. Our belief is that health is a dynamic, constantly adapting state and is influenced by multiple variables, including the physical environment, culture, gender, age, ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, education level and genetics. Our position is that the meaning of health is unique to each individual and exists on a continuum from wellness to death. The science of nursing strives to improve health maintenance and health management to achieve optimal wellness while participating in multidisciplinary care.
We believe that nursing is a profession founded upon caring. Nursing is an art and a science. The art is in our caring and in the manner of our care; the science involves health promotion, illness prevention, risk-factor identification, acute and chronic care, rehabilitation, and chronic disease management. Nurses are leaders, care-givers, designers of care, change agents, teachers, role models, decision makers, scientists, managers, and advocates. We believe that the future of nursing lies in taking a leadership role in health promotion, health care and the health care system.
The Bethel University nursing graduate is expected to embody certain characteristics. These characteristics are as follows:
Applies knowledge of health and wellness continuum to educate about and advocate for measures to maximize the health of individuals, families, communities, aggregate populations and the world.
Exhibits the cultural competence needed to provide holistic health care to individuals, families, communities, aggregate populations and the world.
Demonstrates professional excellence as evidenced by a practice that reflects moral, legal, and ethical principles and accepted standards of practice.
Integrates liberal arts, science, and nursing knowledge as the foundation of professional practice.
Demonstrates caring, compassion, and respect for human dignity.
Acts as the patients’ advocate, making their care and well-being the highest priority.
Shares responsibility for and assumes a leadership role in the provision of quality health care and its continuous improvement based upon current evidence.
Uses clinical reasoning and evidence based practice to improve health care of individuals, families, communities, aggregate populations and the world.
Collaborates and communicates effectively with teams both intra and interdisciplinary and other health care stakeholders using verbal, written, and informatics skills.
Accepts responsibility as an advocate for health care policies that improve health care for all, taking into account the needs of the profession, the health care system, and society.
Functions as a professional nurse generalist providing safe, competent, evidence based quality care.
Demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence through life-long learning.