The Philosophy of the College of Nursing is reflected in the values and beliefs of the faculty regarding human being, health, society/environment, nursing, nursing education, graduates, and curriculum.
The human being is viewed as a holistic dynamic individual with physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions and is endowed with intellect, free will and inherent dignity. A human being reacts holistically to altered circumstances and tries to maintain a state of equilibrium within self. Fulfillment of the human basic needs throughout the lifespan is essential to maintain optimum health. The human being has the potential to direct, integrate and/or adapt to his/her total environment in order to meet own needs.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. Well-being is a state of equilibrium reached through different coping mechanisms. The state of health might vary along the wellness-illness continuum. Healthcare is a right and ensures man’s choice of participation in the process of healthcare delivery.
Society/Environment is dynamic. The socio-cultural, economical, political, educational and physical environmental changes have a bearing on health, health problems, healthcare management, the attitudes and behavior of individuals, families and communities towards health.
Nursing is a dynamic and caring profession which involves the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual and potential health problems through scientific and evidence-based nursing process approach. Nurses will emerge as partners with other health disciplines at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in a variety of settings. Nurses embrace technology to improve safety, quality and care efficiencies.
Nursing education provides a scientific preparation which will enable the graduates to carry out their safe professional roles with an ethical, , individualized, problem-solving, caring, research and evidence based approach in all healthcare situations. The education is provided by supportive faculty who are experts in teaching, scholarship, and who provide service to the university, the community, and nursing profession. The education provides the students with opportunities to develop knowledge base, leadership potential, positive attitudes, habits of critical thinking and professional judgment. The intellectual development is attained in a teaching-learning environment that fosters sharing of knowledge, skills and attitudes as well as inquiry toward the development of new knowledge. The educational program is a beginning step in the ongoing process of continuing professional education and development. Student learning outcomes are achieved through student-centered and active learning environment that values mutual respect, diversity, experiential learning, community engagement, and a wide range of methods that adopt principles of Adult Learning Theory.
BSc nursing graduates are qualified professionals who will practice ethically with a sense of responsibility and accountability, have effective communication skills at all levels, function as effective members of the multi-disciplinary health team at national and international levels, and maintain a high standard of nursing. The graduates will further assume responsibilities for personal and professional growth, provide leadership for the advancement of the nursing profession and participate as change agents at different levels of healthcare delivery system.
The curriculum forms the building blocks for professional practice, and the clinical experience will further reinforce and integrate the theoretical concepts in the provision of nursing care to individuals of all age groups. The curriculum progresses from simple to complex. Principles of Adult Learning Theory guide the selection of our teaching and learning approaches, in order to promote self-directed learning, build on experience, autonomy, critical thinking, as well as to enhance personal, social and professional development.