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Mission, Vision and Philosophy

Our Mission

To prepare baccalaureate-educated nurses to engage in innovative collaboration with consumers and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate compassionate, coordinated health care services for diverse populations.

Our Vision

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.

Our Philosophy

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.

Baccalaureate education, which includes study in liberal arts, humanities, natural and nursing sciences, prepares graduates for the following overall program goals:

  • Knowledge: The BSN graduate integrates liberal arts education and physical and life sciences experienced through required collateral courses in articulating and implementing best practices in nursing.
  • Critical Thinking and Application: The BSN graduate exercises critical thinking in making decisions in the nursing context and applies knowledge and skills in nursing care delivery and quality improvement.
  • Diversity, Cultural Competence and Caring: The BSN graduate is sensitive and attentive to a wide range of diversity issues and health disparities, and demonstrates care and respect for all at-risk populations.
  • Information and Technology Management: The BSN graduate demonstrates skills in using information systems and literacy, communication devices, existing and emerging patient care technologies to ensure a supportive, safe and quality care environment for patients and health care workers.
  • Communication and Leadership: The BSN graduate demonstrates a range of communication competencies (effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills; conflict-resolution; leadership) to create positive and adaptive working environments and patient-centered care.
  • Professional Identity: The BSN graduate exhibits a professional and ethically grounded identity and the ability to engage in ongoing reflection, professional development and growth in the pursuit of practice excellence.

The expected outcomes of the BSN program are to prepare graduates for:

  • Generalist nursing practice according to established professional standards.
  • Independent and collaborative practice in the provision of evidenced-based nursing care for persons, families, groups and communities.
  • Ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Specific to the Generic BSN, graduates will successfully pass the NCLEX RN as first-time test takers within six months of graduation.

Graduates of the BSN degree program are expected to:

  • Demonstrate the practice of nursing with a deeper level of competency and understanding by incorporating knowledge from a broad range of other disciplines.
  • Apply critical-thinking skills in implementing the nursing process.
  • Plan and provide patient-centered nursing care that contributes to safe and high-quality outcomes.
  • Utilize evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the sciences as the basis for practice.
  • Exhibit commitment to diversity, social justice and health equality in the practice of nursing.
  • Evaluate and utilize emerging technologies that enhance the practice of nursing in a continually evolving health care community to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Incorporate cultural fluency into nursing practice that allows for a full and mature understanding of a diverse global community and effectiveness in communication with people across the social spectrum.
  • Articulate an understanding and appreciation of the changes, growth, and development that occur throughout the entire lifespan. In addition to knowledge, this articulation will include skills to address concern, empathy and advocacy for those facing medical and health challenges from birth to death.
  • Establish ongoing professional role development.
  • Students in the Generic BSN program will be prepared to successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure.