Mission

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide an opportunity for students to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. First-time students of nursing will be prepared for beginning professional practice in a variety of settings.  Those students who already have the R.N. or L.P.N. license will have an opportunity to enhance their practice with the baccalaureate degree.

Philosophy

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

We believe every person is a unique, holistic being who has dignity and worth. Central to the uniqueness of each person is the freedom of choice and accountability for choices made. Each person can be viewed as striving to meet a hierarchy of needs. In order to meet these needs, the person adapts to changes in the environments: …

We believe that the person may be viewed as an individual, a member of a family, various groups, a community, a society and the world at large. The person interacts, communicates, and is interdependent with these other levels. Thus, the person is seen holistically as an adapting individual influenced by both internal and external environments.

We believe that society is an integrated system that unites groups of persons from various cultures on the basis of shared beliefs, customs, values, and activities.  Culture includes the characteristic patterns of behavior that are socially learned and shared by the members of a group.  We further believe that society has the obligation to promote health in a manner consistent with each individual’s culture.

We believe that person is a consumer of health services and participates in their own health care.  Health care is a continually changing state and is determined by the degree to which an individual can effectively adapt to changes within his environments.  An individual’s health is viewed as a continuum from adaptation to maladaptation and is determined by the success or failure of this adaptive response.

We believe health is a continually changing state and is determined by the degree to which an individual can effectively adapt to changes within the environments. An individual’s health is viewed as a continuum from adaptation to maladaptation and is determined by the success or failure of adaptive responses. We believe that each person is a consumer of health services and participates in his or her own health care.

We believe that professional nursing is a caring, dynamic process that strives to help, the individual, families, groups, and communities adapt to environmental changes to meet the hierarchy of needs through the selective and creative use of the nursing process and the findings of research.  The professional nurse accepts responsibility for self-evaluation and professional growth, and is accountable for his/her nursing practice.  The professional nurse functions in a leadership role as a change agent by actively engaging in community and professional efforts to improve the quality of health care and to meet the changing health needs of society.

We believe that education is the integration of knowledge and experience through which an individual develops his potential and establishes values.  This process promotes a deeper understanding of and appreciation for, the immediate and ultimate purposes of life.

We believe that learning is demonstrated by a change in behavior.  Learning takes place most effectively when the learner assumes responsibility for his/her own learning, is self-directed, is an active participant in the process, achieves a degree of success, and utilizes the problem-solving approach.  Learning is achieved when there has been an application of facts and principles.

We believe that the teacher facilitates learning by creating an environment in which change and growth can occur.  The teacher recognizes the individual needs of the learner and creates a variety of learning experiences that provide continuity, increasing complexity, transfer of learning and application of new knowledge.

We believe that 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 utilizing the research process, acquiring critical thinking skills, identifying community health needs, developing leadership behaviors, and pursuing graduate study.

Therefore, our purpose is to prepare a generalist who functions as a practitioner of professional nursing committed to continued learning and the advancement of nursing.

Revised: May, 2009