The philosophy, affirmed by the faculty, is consistent with the Chamberlain College of Nursing mission, which is to provide educational nursing programs in an environment of mutual commitment and accountability among students, faculty, administration and staff. Through this philosophy, the faculty expresses its commitment to excellence in the profession of nursing and quality education. The academic programs are based on the faculty’s beliefs about PERSON, HEALTH, NURSING, ENVIRONMENT, TEACHING-LEARNING and NURSING EDUCATION.
We believe that the PERSON has intrinsic worth, is unique and is created by and accountable. PERSON is used to designate individuals, families, aggregates, communities and societies who are consumers of healthcare; and have developmental, cognitive, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and physiological dimensions. The PERSON interacts holistically within the environment, is an active collaborator in healthcare, and is responsible for individual life choices affecting health and healthcare issues.
We believe HEALTH is a dynamic and holistic process resulting in a person’s perceived state-of-being. Health promotion, illness prevention, health maintenance and restoration and rehabilitative activities influence the person’s present level of wellness. Optimal health implies the achievement of the highest level of wellness throughout the life span, up to and including death.
We believe NURSING is a practice profession dedicated to providing quality healthcare to all persons. NURSING is the caring art of applying nursing knowledge. Nursing knowledge derives from theories and principles of nursing, arts, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The caring art of NURSING implies the compassionate application of research-based knowledge, skills, and expert judgments rendered in a variety of healthcare settings. NURSING represents empowered individuals who function within established standards of the nursing profession, serve as change agents through social interaction and political activism, and move freely among nursing roles established to meet the ever-changing needs of society.
We believe that ENVIRONMENT is the continuous interaction of processes internal and external to the person. Internal processes include stimuli from within the person or manifestations that are perceived from the surrounding space. External processes reflect the interaction of the person within the physical setting, and recognition of historical, demographic, technological, political and cultural influences. All interactions among the person, health and nursing occur within the limitless boundaries of environment.
We believe that TEACHING-LEARNING is the interactive process through which the learner integrates and applies concepts on cognitive, psychomotor and affective levels. Formal learning takes place in both traditional and cyber-learning environments. Through shared responsibility built on a reciprocal relationship, the learner evidences increased knowledge and growth relative to intellectual capabilities, prior experiences, readiness to learn and motivation. The teacher guides and facilitates learning experiences with regard to the learner’s individual needs and abilities while facilitating the development of individual potential. The teacher utilizes a variety of teaching modalities that demonstrate shared responsibility and commitment to learning.
We believe NURSING EDUCATION promotes the social and intellectual growth of the learner. The pursuit of knowledge fosters an attitude that values the lifelong process of personal and professional development and social responsibility. The liberal educational curricular dimension provides the theoretical and experiential activities necessary for establishing a broad foundation for subsequent development. The addition of principles, concepts, and theories of nursing, generated by nursing research, culminates in a program of studies that enables the student to utilize a conceptual basis for nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on supporting the learner’s development in assuming roles consistent with the profession of nursing. In accordance with our beliefs supporting career mobility, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers programs of nursing education that promote opportunities for individuals to enter and advance within the profession of nursing.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree are prepared to practice comprehensive nursing care including health promotion, illness prevention, health maintenance and restoration, rehabilitation, and health teaching to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities in a variety of practice settings. The program of studies is directed toward the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the continued learning that is necessary to meet the challenges of a dynamic, evolving profession. The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing offers opportunities to RNs for continued learning and career advancement.