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SCHOOL OF NURSING MISSION, PHILOSOPHY AND PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The School of Nursing mission, philosophy and program outcomes are congruent with those of Jacksonville University and consistent with the professional nursing standards and guidelines for the preparation of nursing professionals.
Jacksonville University School of Nursing values the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its students and emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts foundation, scholarly inquiry, engaged learning opportunities and clinical application in the professional socialization and development of nursing students.
 
Mission of the School of Nursing
Jacksonville University School of Nursing is committed to the success of each student as a self-assured, competent, caring professional nurse, who practices in an evolving, complex health care environment, provides leadership to promote health among culturally diverse people and promotes the advancement of nursing knowledge through evidence-based practice and life-long learning.
 
School of Nursing Philosophy
Jacksonville University School of Nursing faculty values the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its students and emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts foundation, engaged learning, scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, and the socialization of students into the caring practice of professional nursing.
 
The faculty believes that baccalaureate nursing education is the entry level into professional practice and that graduate education is necessary for advanced nursing practice. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares professional nurses as self-assured, competent generalists who think critically, engage in clinical inquiry, communicate effectively, and assess and manage the health needs of clients in a variety of settings.
 
The Graduate programs prepare professional nurses to assume leadership roles in a global society, think critically, communicate effectively, and practice in advanced roles. Graduates evaluate health issues of clients, institutions, and communities, and develop collaborative, innovative strategies that effect change and promote evidence-based practice. Graduates promote health, advance nursing knowledge, impact health policy, and commit to lifelong learning.
 
The philosophy of the School of Nursing is illustrated by a four-point star. The star represents the essential components of the nursing program. Caring and engaged learning emanate from the center of the star and support students’ development of competence in scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, leadership, and health and education technology.
 
Caring is an inherent characteristic of nursing and is demonstrated through compassionate concern to protect and enhance human dignity. Caring is present in all aspects of nursing and encompasses being fully present to meet the holistic needs of the individual person, family, and community.  Faculty believes that caring is cultivated and refined through education and enacted through values and behaviors.  Faculty encourages students to maintain balance in their personal and professional lives through continued self- examination and fosters supportive and nurturing relationships with nursing students serving as mentors and role models in the classroom and clinical areas.
 
Faculty believes that engaged learning is an essential strategy to gain knowledge that leads to excellence in nursing practice. Elements of engaged learning include creative inquiry, a community of interdisciplinary scholars, diverse thinking, questioning, and application of concepts to experiential learning, such as clinical practice, internships, externships, and community service. Faculty facilitates engaged learning by serving as role models of lifelong learning, establishing practice partnerships for learning experiences, and fostering a learning environment of mutual respect.  Engaged learning and caring influence all aspects of professional nursing and is demonstrated by excellence in scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, leadership, and health and education technology.
 
Faculty believes scholarly inquiry in nursing is the continual search for knowledge and application of knowledge to professional practice. Faculty fosters an appreciation for scholarly inquiry important to evidence-based practice and the advancement of professional nursing and encourages students to engage in research and scholarly activities. Faculty believes that graduates value the importance of lifelong learning and will contribute to the body of nursing knowledge.
 
Faculty believes clinical excellence is demonstrated by the transfer of knowledge from theoretical courses to professional practice and is exemplified by the stellar reputation of the rigorous nursing programs at Jacksonville University. Clinical excellence encompasses professionalism, effective communication and interpersonal skills, diagnostic acumen, skillful negotiation of the health care system, a scholarly and caring approach to clinical practice, and passion for the profession of nursing. Students develop clinical excellence through comprehensive learning opportunities provided by practice partnerships with various health care organizations.
 
Leadership is an essential quality in professional nursing. Nurses serve as formal and informal leaders in the workplace and the community as patient advocates, change agents, conflict mediators, and political activists. The faculty believes that leadership can be taught and is developed through classroom and clinical activities, role modeling and mentoring others, and involvement in professional activities and organizations. 
 
Faculty believes that technology is vital in academic teaching and professional practice. Faculty pursues technological initiatives for innovative and creative teaching and facilitates teaching and learning through online, web-based, and simulation technologies. Faculty expects students to be adept in the use of current and evolving technologies in practice settings.
 
The curricular progression fosters professional socialization for future nursing roles and responsibilities within the global community. As students learn and mature in nursing knowledge and ability, they practice as professional nurses, provide leadership to promote and improve health, and promote the advancement of nursing through life-long learning.
 
Accreditation
 
The School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)degree- The School of Nursing is in the process of seeking CCNE accreditation for this program.
  
ONLINE RN TO BSN AND ONLINE MSN (EDUCATION OR LEADERSHIP)
U.S. licensed RNs seeking admission into the RN to BSN or online MSN degree programs are encouraged to discuss these 100% online programs with a University Alliance program representative.  Please call University Alliance toll free at 866-768-6276 or download a nursing school application.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:
 
1. Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences and nursing science to understand global perspectives, stimulate critical thinking, and use current technologies.
2. Make sound decisions in the use of patient information and health care technology to design, coordinate, and manage nursing care for individuals, families and populations.
3. Demonstrate clinical excellence to provide caring, compassionate, and culturally appropriate patient-centered care to people in a variety of settings.
4. Communicate, collaborate, and negotiate to improve patient healthcare outcomes.
5. Exhibit professional values and behaviors as outlined by a professional code of ethics, professional standards, and legal statutes.
6. Promote healthy lifestyles through health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention education for individuals and populations.
7. Incorporate evidence-based knowledge and theory into nursing practice.
8. Demonstrate leadership and collaboration within interdisciplinary health care partners and professional, political, and/or regulatory organizations to effect change in health care.
9. Allocate and manage resources to ensure patient safety and high quality health care.
10. Engage in life-long learning and scholarly inquiry to continue professional career development.
 
 
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:
 
  1. Synthesize knowledge from a variety of disciplines to support advanced practice nursing roles as administrators, educators and practitioners.
  2. Formulate collaborative approaches in developing programs that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of populations.
  3. Utilize principles of ethics in relation to educational, administrative, or clinical problem solving and decision-making.
  4. Utilize a leadership role in influencing regulatory, legislative, and public policy in private and public arenas to promote and preserve healthy communities.
  5. Advance nursing knowledge through inquiry, research utilization, and generation of educational, administrative, or clinical strategies to facilitate changes in professional nursing practice.
  6. Appraise theories and conceptual frameworks from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for implementing change in nursing.
  7. Evaluate the influences of cultural diversity, in relation to decision-making, in the areas of clinical practice, education and administration.
  8. Design strategies to allocate and manage resources for evaluation of nursing care outcomes.
  9. Compose a plan for professional career development and lifelong learning.
In addition to the above, the nurse practitioner graduate, upon completion of the program, will:
  • Promote health and manage direct care of individuals experiencing acute and chronic health issues across the lifespan.​