Philosophy and Purpose
The faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program believes nursing is a caring profession whose members provide patient-centered care across the life span to individuals, families, and the global community. We believe nursing is a scientific discipline using clinical judgement, substantiated by evidence, and integrating safe, quality care and health promotion.
As part of our professional identity, we value interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork to promote effective communication and shared decision making. We believe nurses use information and technology to communicate, access resources, promote patient safety and engage in continuous quality improvement.
Professional nurses adhere to the established standards of practice and are accountable within the legal and ethical framework of the profession. Inherent in this is the belief that professional education is a continuous life-long process necessary to integrate the best current evidence for clinical practice. In keeping with the core values of Mercyhurst University, we believe nurses are ambassadors of service demonstrating the values of social mercy, global responsibility, intellectual creativity, and reflective awareness.
We believe learners are self-directed and build on prior knowledge and life experiences. Learning is facilitated by various teaching strategies which consider individual learning preferences and varied teaching and educational methodologies. The faculty encourages and supports the spirit of inquiry to challenge the status quo and question underlying assumptions.