Mission

The mission of the University of Central Oklahoma, Department of Nursing is to provide transformative educational experiences that promote a culture of excellence in the art and science of nursing. The traditional undergraduate, career advancement, and graduate programs offer dynamic curricula built on a foundation of multi-disciplinary research and scholarly practice that are relevant, futuristic, and responsive to health and health care trends. Graduates are lifelong learners prepared to practice with integrity and compassion while enhancing the health of diverse persons and communities.

Philosophy

Within the framework of the mission statements of the University of Central Oklahoma, College of Mathematics and Science, and the Department of Nursing, the faculty is committed to the following beliefs.

The faculty holds the following beliefs about recipients of care, health, environment, nursing, and nursing education.

Recipients of Care

Recipients of care may be viewed as individuals, members of a family, community, and society. These recipients are in constant, mutual interaction with the environment, both affecting the environment and being affected by it.

Every individual is a unique, holistic being who has dignity and worth. Central to the uniqueness of each individual is the freedom of choice and accountability for choices made. Individuals have a right to seek optimal health in a variety of settings and to receive competent nursing care that is congruent with their culture, beliefs, and needs. Families are groups of individuals who identify themselves as a social unit. Individuals and families interact, communicate, and are interdependent with society. Communities and societies are integrated systems that unite groups from various cultures on the basis of shared beliefs, customs, values, and activities.

Health

Health includes components of physical, mental, and/or social well-being, not just absence of disease or infirmity (WHO, 1948). Health is a continually changing state influenced by biological, psychological, spiritual, cultural, economic, and sociological factors. Recipients of care actively participate in defining and achieving health

Environment

Environment consists of internal and external influences that are the context of everyday life. Internal factors include physical, psychosocial, developmental, and spiritual dimensions. External factors include geopolitical, physical, psychosocial, cultural, historical, and economic aspects of the social world. Health is impacted by the interrelationship of the environment and the recipient of care.

Nursing

Professional nursing is a caring, dynamic process that provides compassionate, respectful, and patient-centered care. The nurse accepts responsibility for reflection and professional growth, and is accountable for his/her nursing practice. The nurse functions in a leadership role by actively engaging in community and professional efforts to improve the quality of health care and to meet the changing health needs of society.

Nursing Education

Nursing education is the integration of knowledge and experience through which an individual develops his potential and establishes values. Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experiences. Faculty facilitates learning by creating an environment in which change and growth can occur. Faculty recognizes the individual needs of the learner and creates a variety of learning experiences that provide continuity and increasing complexity in clinical reasoning/judgment.

Professional nursing education takes place in an institution of higher learning to ensure both a liberal education and knowledge specific to nursing. Baccalaureate education provides a foundation for evidence-based practice, acquiring clinical reasoning and judgment, identifying community health needs, developing leadership behaviors, and pursuing graduate study.

Revised: May, 2014