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School of Nursing Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide student focused educational experiences that promote excellence and prepares graduates for professional practice.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be able to:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a plan of care
  • Communicate and collaborate with individuals, families, groups, communities, and other health professionals in promoting health planning and delegating nursing care
  • Assume accountability for their own decisions and actions for the procurement and application of new knowledge and technologies for one's professional practice
  • Demonstrate evolving competence within professional practice
  • Model professional behaviors that adhere to standards of practice and ethical codes of conduct
  • Use leadership skills and knowledge to advocate for patients


Philosophy of Nursing Education

Professional Nursing Practice

We, the nursing faculty of Northwestern College, believe that nursing is a science-based discipline, with its foundation in the biological and behavioral sciences. The practice of nursing is guided by principles of logic, ethics and the law, and the science of nursing is distinguished by a deep and abiding understanding of the human condition.

The nursing professional seeks to return the client to a state of physical, emotional and social equilibrium in the face of actual health problems/disease states, and/or seeks to maintain the client in a state of physical, emotional and social equilibrium in the face of potential health problems/disease states. Evidence based practice is the hallmark of the consummate nursing professional.

Nursing Education

Nursing education is that process which fosters, develops and promotes a body of nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes in those who practice nursing. The aim of this process is the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the practitioner to function in the health care delivery environment as a nursing professional, possessing a high degree of proficiency.

Nursing education is a cooperative effort. It requires the nursing student and the nursing educator to engage in a series of mutually beneficial interactions that ultimately result in learning. The student learns and the instructor also learns. The student, however, remains the focus of these cooperative efforts. Increasing the student's mastery of nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes is ultimately the outcome goal or endpoint that is desired through this process.

Nursing education progresses from the simple to the complex. Likewise, as the student gains the requisite positive attitudes toward learning, the student becomes more independent and self-directed. The nursing educator then moves into the role of facilitator. Indeed, self-directed learning and taking responsibility for one's own learning is the expectation for every conscientous nursing student, fully engaged in a process of self-awareness and self-education. Hence, nursing education thrives best in an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity, self-directed activity and mutual understanding of the role of the student and the educator in the educational process.