Mission, Vision and Philosophy
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.