Walla Walla University School of Nursing Philosophy Statement
The philosophy of Walla Walla University School of Nursing is guided by the mission and vision of the university and is in harmony with the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The School of Nursing faculty hold a belief that the profession of nursing is supported by the concepts of competence and professionalism. These concepts include the knowledge, skills and attitudes that guide the practice of safe, patient-centered nursing care at the baccalaureate level and directs the development of the school curriculum.
The central concepts of competence and professionalism are balanced in an environment of caring that originates from Christian spirituality and a personal relationship with God.
- Competent nurses synthesize knowledge, and utilize the nursing process as the basis for thinking critically and developing purposeful judgment.
- Therapeutic nursing interventions and health promotion for individuals, families, communities and populations are enhanced by effective communication, informatics, and the use of technology.
- Ethics, integrity, and respect for others are essential building blocks in the development of professional nurses who demonstrate responsibility, accountability, teamwork, collaboration and self-directed learning.
Baccalaureate nursing education prepares the graduate to participate in leadership, management, quality improvement, and to provide evidence based practice. The educational process provides a foundation for graduate study, lifelong learning, and generous service.
Walla Walla University School of Nursing offers a four-year baccalaureate degree program designed to prepare professional nurses to function in a variety of settings and to provide a foundation for graduate study.
The learning experiences focus on acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for entry into professional nursing practice. The curriculum of the School of Nursing has as its foundation Christian Spirituality. The building blocks of the curriculum reflect the:
- AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
- Six QSEN concepts
- ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing
The curriculum is designed to assist the students to balance professionalism and competence within a caring environment.