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The College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University offers a diverse multi campus setting and awards degrees at the Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctoral levels. This philosophy is congruent with the mission of the university and its commitment to prepare students for leadership and service built on a solid liberal education base and quality professional programs. It is consistent with the fundamental beliefs about nursing and nursing’s contract with society as described by the American Nurses Association in Nursing's Social Policy Statement (2010). The preparation of nurses for service and leadership is guided by the current AACN Essentials of Nursing (2008, 2011) and the Texas Board of Nursing Differentiated Essential Competencies for the Baccalaureate degree.

The faculty of nursing builds this philosophy on our beliefs about the key concepts included in nursing’s predominant theoretical metaparadigm and on our beliefs about education and learning. Individuals are holistic human beings in constant interaction with their environment; each has inherent worth and dignity, and is unique in capabilities, beliefs, and interests. Individuals are an integral part of culturally diverse families, groups, communities and populations. Society influences an individual’s perception of health care needs, and is charged with the responsibility for aiding the individual, particularly those in vulnerable populations, in the fulfillment of these needs. Society entrusts nurses as competent providers of optimal health care and education. Health is a state of physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual functioning that allows individual members to achieve maximum potential. The health of an individual has a direct effect upon the family, group, community, and population. Health promotion and disease prevention are employed at all societal levels to improve population health.

Nursing is a synthesis of art and science. Practitioners of nursing balance the use of science and technology with the art of caring to achieve optimal outcomes. The science of nursing is based on nursing theories, natural and behavioral sciences, and patient care technologies. This knowledge, together with current evidence, clinical/critical reasoning, and multiple ways of knowing is used to develop, evaluate, and achieve safe patient care and optimum health outcomes across all environments. The art of nursing, grounded in the human sciences, is exemplified by characteristics of caring such as presence, authenticity, advocacy, empowerment, and connections with people across all cultures in their experiences of health. Nurses interact with individuals, families, groups, communities and populations, in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, for the purposes of promoting, maintaining, protecting and restoring health in all stages of the life cycle or supporting a peaceful death. Nurses guide, mentor, support and lead other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice. Nurses are prepared to function in leadership roles and to address the political, social, ethical, economic, and policy issues that affect health care at local, state, national and international levels. Fundamental to nursing are the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.

We, as a community of nurse educators, believe that education, research, and service are the foundation for the practice of professional nursing. Faculty is responsible for contributing to the vitality of the college and the university community and for developing, maintaining, and evaluating educational programs. Faculty is responsible for and committed to provide learning experiences which enable students to cultivate critical thinking, clinical judgment, leadership skills, and professional nursing values needed to function competently and cultivate caring practices in an increasingly complex health care system. Faculty is committed to developing supportive learning environments that encourage students to successfully achieve the objectives of the offered programs. Faculty is responsible for contributing to an environment conducive to academic freedom, service, and scholarship. Students, as adult learners with multiple roles, are responsible for contributing to the learning environment by being actively involved in the learning process; to seek, to question, to propose and implement new ideas using peer, faculty, and university resources to further their own learning and to serve the greater community.

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