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Philosophy Statement

The faculty of the Nursing Program value continuing education, career mobility, and the professional development of nurses. Consistent with this belief and the mission of Eastern Illinois University, the Nursing Program offers superior, flexible, and accessible undergraduate nursing education for nurses pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. To meet the needs of learners and the larger community, the faculty pursues excellence in teaching, research, and service. A student-centered system facilitates the professional growth and development of the student.

The Nursing faculty identify the concepts of person, environment, and health to form the framework for nursing practice. A person is a unique individual with human needs. The uniqueness of a person is formed by environmental and genetic factors. Human needs are requirements for well-being. When needs are unmet, homeostasis is threatened. Health problems can result from these threats. Because persons are open systems, they can adapt through change, growth, and development.

The environment is dynamic and includes all the conditions surrounding and affecting the person. As part of the environment, the family impacts the well-being of the individual. Social, culture, community, health care system and the world are all parts of the environment.The health of the individual can be promoted or impaired by the environment.

Health is a dynamic state of physical, mental, and social well-being. A holistic view of health allows the nurse to assess the health status of individuals as well as the influence of the environment on health.

The practice of Nursing requires advanced knowledge and skills. The focus of nursing is the client, which can be an individual, group, family, population, or community. Nurses meet health care needs through health promotion, disease prevention, illness and disease management, restoration, and end-of-life interventions in a variety of settings.

There are three primary nursing roles: provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of the nursing profession. As providers of care, nurses integrate theory, research and knowledge from the sciences, liberal arts and nursing as a foundation for evidencebased practice. This foundational information is dynamic and constantly changing, requiring nurses to engage in lifelong learning. In the role of designer/manager/coordinator of care, the nurse applies leadership skills to the provision of nursing care as a collaborative member of an interdisciplinary health care team within a complex health care system. As a member of the profession, the nurse implements care based on professional standards and values, works to improve care through professional organizations, seeks to influence the health care system through health policy, and strives for professional development.

Baccalaureate nursing education builds upon the students’ existing foundation of knowledge and experiences using various learning resources and modalities to address the unique learning needs of adult students. Faculty members serve as facilitators of learning, helping students expand knowledge and competencies, as well as further develop professional roles and values. The faculty developed and update the curriculum and student learning/program outcomes based on the following standards and guidelines: Illinois Nurse Practice Act, the American Nurses Association, (ANA) Nursing scope and standards of care (2015), The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education, (2008).

 

Mission Statement

The Nursing Program at Eastern Illinois University is committed to offering superior, flexible, and accessible undergraduate education for nurses pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Guided by a faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, students build upon existing knowledge and experience to expand the use of nursing knowledge, values, theory, and research to form evidence-based, safe, and holistic nursing practice.

Through active, applied learning experiences, students integrate knowledge gained from general and liberal arts studies, the sciences, and nursing courses to think critically and make ethical and reasoned clinical decisions. The program prepares students to meet the complex health care needs of individuals, groups, families, communities, and populations across the lifespan and in a variety of healthcare settings.

A student-centered academic environment encourages reflective thinking, the development of accountability, responsibility for lifelong learning and professional development.Nursing students build communication skill to enhance professional interactions, collaboration, coordination and management of care, as well as the development of leadership roles in an evolving health care system.