To prepare registered nurses empowered to engage in innovative collaboration with consumers and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate compassionate, coordinated health care services for diverse populations.
Students and faculty at the Montclair State University School of Nursing will reflect the global community they serve to facilitate and lead innovative collaborations transforming health care delivery for diverse populations across the continuum of care.
The School of Nursing statement of philosophy describes the faculty’s beliefs about nursing, education, research and practice, forming the basis for our mission and vision. We believe nursing is grounded in human caring science, which focuses on caring, being whole and being healed in specific contexts and relationships (Watson & Hills, 2011). Caring is: “A nurturing way of relating to a valued other person, toward whom one feels a personal sense of commitment and responsibility” (Swanson, 1991, p. 165). Registered nurses enter into caring relationships with persons, families, groups, communities and populations in the context of available resources, environmental factors and the social cultural world. Healing integrates physical, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual aspects of being to restore unity and balance.
Registered nurses engage in healing, using the nursing process to diagnose and treat human responses to actual or potential physical and emotional health problems through case finding, health teaching, health counseling and provision of care that supports or restores life and wellbeing. Nurses’ scope of practice includes independent and collaborative functions. Nurses use communication, the teaching-learning process and shared decision-making to assist consumers and stakeholders in developing and implementing plans that address health within the context of family and community.
The School of Nursing’s philosophy and mission inform our values for education, research and practice.
Professional development through advancement of competencies required for the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, and facilitation of healing using the nursing process (ANA, 2015, p.1).
Responsible citizenship and equitable allocation of environmental and global resources based on understanding that social, economic and political factors shape and modify the environment and influence the health of society.
Application of critical thinking to develop, implement and evaluate nursing care, quality improvement initiatives and health care policy to efficiently deliver cost effective, high quality, safe, health care services based upon integration of evidence and identified needs.
Conducting an inventory of personal values and beliefs as part of a life-long learning process focused on demonstrating respect for all persons and increasing appreciation of the implications of diversity, cultural preferences, social justice and decision-making processes.
Teaching and learning as a process based on a professional relationship, empathy, respect and shared knowledge.
Integration of a liberal arts education and nursing science curriculum as the foundation for best practices.
Communication that facilitates transprofessional collaboration and shared decision making.
Ethical, professional, and legal accountability in all interactions.