The Profession of Nursing
Nursing is a profession that is responsive to the changing health care needs of individuals and is supported by an evolving foundation of knowledge from the arts, sciences, and technology. This knowledge establishes a foundation for development of a core competency in professional nursing. Through study and interdisciplinary collaborations, nurses expand their understanding of health, environment, and person. This expansion of knowledge provides a holistic foundation for nursing care.
Critical thinking, communication, clinical skills, creativity, and self-direction are essential elements in nursing education. Through the educational process, we seek to promote awareness of social, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and also to provide opportunities for students and faculty, believing it enriches professional growth and development. The educational process is a shared responsibility between faculty and students that promotes progressive mastery and increased learner maturity.
Implicit in the practice of professional nursing is the acceptance of accountability for lifelong learning as foundation for professional growth, competent practice, and effective leadership. Lifelong commitment to intellectual inquiries supports optimal development of both the individual and the profession.