an integral academic unit of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
the School of Nursing is dedicated to teaching, research, and service
that contribute to the maintenance and improvement of health for individuals,
families, and communities. With a commitment to excellence, the School
of Nursing provides mutually supportive undergraduate and graduate
Students are afforded opportunities at various stages of their lives
to obtain an education that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts,
congruent with standards for professional nursing practice, and preparatory
for lifelong learning and professional development. The School of
Nursing is dedicated to the primacy of teaching that is based in scholarship
and to the advancement of knowledge through research. The intellectual
resources of the School of Nursing are used to provide professional
and public services to a global society.
As part of an urban university, the School of Nursing recognizes its
responsibility to provide exemplary learning environments on campus,
through distance education, and in underserved areas of North Carolina.
The School of Nursing is committed to sustaining a community in which
women and men of any racial or ethnic identity, age or background
are motivated to develop their full potential and to achieve an informed
appreciation of their own and different cultures.
School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor
of Science in Nursing degree. The first two years of study are in
general education, basic sciences, humanities, and basic nursing.
The majority of work in the junior and senior years is in nursing.
The School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree
to prepare persons for a leadership role in nursing education, administration,
and clinical practice. This program has a strong research emphasis
and is founded on specialization in clinical practice.
The program offered by the School of Nursing is approved
by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. It is accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). For information,
contact the NLNAC at 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, 212/363-5555.
The School of Nursing is an agency member of the National League for
Nursing in the NLN Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs.
The School of Nursing also was granted preliminary approval for accreditation
by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont
Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202/887-6791.
The philosophy of the faculty at the School of Nursing is
a statement of the beliefs and values they hold about the discipline
and profession of nursing, as well as nursing education. The conceptual
framework and the goals of the undergraduate and graduate programs
are built upon this philosophy.
Nursing is both a practice discipline and a profession. Comprising
the discipline is a unique body of knowledge that is integral to nursing
practice, nursing education, and nursing administration. The body
of knowledge is continuously developed and refined as an outcome of
scientific, historical, philosophical, and ethical inquiry and clinical
evaluation. Nursing knowledge is generated about health through behaviors
of persons across the life span. Clinical evaluation advances nursing
knowledge through the testing and validation of interventions that
are used in nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing administration.
The metaparadigm concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing
form the foundation upon which inquiry and the profession are based.
Professional nurses use knowledge developed by the discipline to promote
optimal health in people and to achieve professional goals. Nursing
is an essential component of the health care delivery system and includes
the promotion of wellness, the detection of alterations in health,
and the provision of care for those with illness, disease, or dysfunctions.
Professional nursing is characterized by inquiry, caring, and practice.
Nurses are professionally, ethically, and legally accountable for
the care they provide, and their practice includes independent and
Professional nursing education is built upon a foundation of liberal
arts, humanities, and the sciences, and it provides opportunities
for learners to attain competencies required to practice professional
nursing. Mature learners identify the need to know and assume responsibility
for their own learning. Effective teachers establish an inviting learning
environment that promotes collaboration among themselves and their
learners for achievement of educational goals. Baccalaureate education
prepares nurses to function as generalists, while education at the
master’s level prepares nurses as advanced practitioners in
a speciality area.
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