BSN Philosophy, Mission, Vision, and Commitments
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Philosophy: Finlandia University Nursing Department

The nursing faculty at Finlandia University has adopted a philosophy congruent with the University's mission and nursing's metaparadigm. This philosophy embraces the faculty's shared beliefs that define the specific concepts of nursing, person, environment, health, and the teaching-learning community that are threaded through the curriculum.

PERSON --Person is identified as encompassing the individual, family, group, and community. Persons are unique, dynamic, holistic systems; an integration of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions; who possess diverse cultural backgrounds, faiths, values, and worldviews. Persons possess the intrinsic right and responsibility to make autonomous, informed decisions and choices regarding their individual health care needs. Progression through the BSN curriculum expands from the individual to family to group to community interventions. There is a constant interaction between persons and their environments, ultimately influencing their state of health.

ENVIRONMENT --Environment provides the context in which health and person meet; a complex integration of physical, behavioral, political, social, and cultural dimensions that are constantly changing and influencing the person, potentially causing alterations in health. Nurses interact with diverse populations within a myriad of environments, including the hospital, home, and community-based settings. As they interact with persons in their environment, nurses have the opportunity to influence the environment enabling the person to achieve positive health-related outcomes.

HEALTH --Health is a dynamic process comprised of biological, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and developmental dimensions. It is viewed as a health-illness continuum. Health reflects the person's interaction with an ever-changing environment. Nurses collaborate with persons in defining health and assisting persons with designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating health care strategies for primary, secondary, and tertiary health care needs. Competency in practice, critical thinking, and leadership skills are essential in caring for diverse populations along the health-illness continuum.

NURSING --Nursing is a learned humanistic art and science focused on the provision of compassionate holistic care encompassing the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health, and provision of end-of-life care. Built on scientific-based nursing knowledge, theory, and research, professional nursing practice provides essential care services for diverse populations in and across all environments. Nursing collaborates with diverse populations to assist persons in attaining and maintaining health goals consistent with their cultural values and lifestyles. With a commitment to the profession, the scope of professional nursing practice embraces accountability for upholding current practice standards and competencies within the changing health care environment. Nurses are encouraged to integrate critical thinking and evidenced-based practice skills within a myriad of health care settings as providers of care, managers of care, and members of the nursing profession.

TEACHING-LEARNING COMMUNITY -- Teaching-learning community encompasses all factors influencing the teaching/learning experience including, but not limited to, the university, faculty, student, curricula, and health care environments and its professionals. Consistent with the University, the faculty provides an atmosphere and environment supportive of open inquiry, personal growth, and collaborative approaches in teaching, campus life, and administration. The BSN program supports the University's Finnish-Lutheran heritage and concepts of Christianity and other spiritual dimensions within the practice of nursing. The program provides a nurturing, learning community focused on connecting theory and practice. The faculty serves as a resource, guiding and facilitating the learning process to prepare professional nurses dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness, and the practice of nursing. An integral part of the learning experience is a collaborative partnership of faculty, student, and interdisciplinary health care professionals in the rural community. The learner is engaged as a self-directed participant in the teaching/learning process. Through the integration of practice-based level outcomes, teaching/learning strategies and performance assessment, the student is expected to demonstrate accountability and integrity. A quest for lifelong learning is encouraged. The nursing curriculum includes a strong base in the sciences with experiences in the arts and humanities. As students progress through the curriculum, they will demonstrate competency in practice, critical thinking, and leadership skills while caring for persons within a variety of environments along the health-illness continuum.

Mission, Vision, Commitments: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The mission, vision, and commitments of the Nursing Department are mutually supportive of the mission, vision, and commitments of the university

MISSION

To prepare professional nurses dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness, and the practice of nursing. The BSN program provides students with educational opportunities in a high-quality learning environment that leads to the preparation of competent, caring nursing professionals. The integration of learning with faith and values promotes the student's intellectual growth and personal development.

VISION

Finlandia University's nursing faculty and staff are committed to the University's mission, and dedicated to the student's growth and professional achievement. Consistent with the University, the BSN program provides a connection to contemporary Finland and celebrates its Finnish-American and Lutheran heritage. Finlandia University's Nursing Department works to provide a nurturing, caring community focused on connecting theory and practice to the service of human beings. An active, collaborative partnership of student, educator, and interdisciplinary health care professionals in the rural community is an integral part of the learning experience. Through active learning, students engage in critical thinking, apply theoretical concepts, demonstrate skill competencies, and model professional values. Nursing students are taught to be responsive to the changing multicultural health care needs of our global society. The broad theoretical base of knowledge and the high level of clinical competence provide students a foundation for assuming the professional roles of leadership and practice in regional, national, and international health care settings.

COMMITMENTS

1. Offering a Baccalaureate nursing program that promotes the well being of the human community and natural environment through the integration of the humanities, biological sciences, and social sciences with the theory and practice of nursing in diverse health care settings.

2. Providing nursing students with an atmosphere and environment that is supportive of open inquiry, personal development, and spiritual awareness through collaborative approaches in teaching and learning, campus life activities, and administration.

3. Coordinating clinical experiences in nursing that offer exciting opportunities for students to provide a service to others throughout the campus and local communities.

4. Encouraging diversity within the nursing student and faculty populations by supporting the recruiting strategies of culturally diverse students and faculty members.

5. Supporting an international relationship with Finland and other countries through the investigation of an international nursing experience.

6. Supporting the spiritual awareness of nursing students, faculty, and staff through an active collaboration with community and religious leaders.

7. Providing the local region and global society with prepared professional nurses.

8. The integration of multicultural diversity into the BSN curriculum with an emphasis on Finnish-American culture.

9. Meeting the professional standards upheld by the Michigan Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Nurse's Code of Ethics.