The aim of St Bernadette of Lourdes College Graduate School of Nursing is to develop nursing leaders who will actively engage in promoting quality health and well-being at local, national, and global levels. The School encourages nursing students and faculty to achieve a high level of excellence through rigorous scholarship and by promoting quality outcome-based integration in all their endeavors. Pursuit of knowledge is a key thread that crosses the entire curriculum and will enable the student to critically evaluate and integrate theory, research, and current practice trends, encouraging lifelong learning. Learning is enhanced through collaborative interaction with other health care disciplines and broadening the student's appreciation for diverse points of view. In continuing the SBLC tradition of embracing innovation, students will examine future-oriented concepts and incorporate information technology throughout the course. The program will cultivate ethical and empathetic professionals in the nursing context who are compassionate and respectful of diversity, and who view the profession from a holistic perspective.
The St Bernadette of Lourdes College Graduate School of Nursing will become a leader in nursing education and management. Through its educational programs, graduates will advance the nursing profession. This vision stems from society's need for well-educated nursing professionals who are prepared to deliver high-quality health care services and to lead future generations in the improvement of health for all through management, research, and practice. The Graduate School of Nursing values leadership, quality, knowledge, collaboration, innovation, and compassion.
Student Learning Outcomes
As a result of their education at SBLC, graduates of the graduate nursing program will have the potential to:
• Influence decision-making entities to improve health care
• Promote advancement of the profession by writing, presenting, and seeking leadership positions
• Employ results of quality improvement activities to initiate change, improve outcomes, and promote excellence
• Integrate current research findings and evidence to expand knowledge and enhance role performance
• Satisfy competency requirements for professional practice in their concentration area
• Partner with other disciplines to enhance interdisciplinary communication and collaboration, achieve patient centered outcomes, and improve continuity across health care settings
• Design ways to incorporate and manage change
• Participate in shared decision making that address risks, benefits, and outcomes
• Integrate legal, ethical, and professional guidelines as standards for advanced nursing practice
This advanced nursing program for the graduate level, expand and extend knowledge gained in the core, and provide an opportunity for students to develop skill in evidence-based, holistic practice. The graduate program terminal objectives provide clear statements of expected results.
The terminal objectives, derived from the mission and core values of the St Bernadette Lourdes College, require that the graduate be able to:
1. Integrate advanced nursing knowledge, ethical principles and clinical excellence in advanced practice nursing.
2. Develop the role of the nurse manager, administrator and supervisor.
3. Use research skills and a scholarly approach to assist in the development and validation of nursing science.
4. Integrate theoretical and scientific concepts that influence leadership in advanced practice roles consistent with education, practice and research.
5. Participate in the process of health policy development for continued improvement of health care systems.
6. Engage in lifelong learning, and the professional development of self and others.
Diversity - We recognize, celebrate and incorporate the value of the diversity in thought and orientation in our environment.
Intellectual Discourse & Rigor - We encourage excellence and continuous improvement along with free and open discussion, dialogue and debate of ideas.
Caring - We offer ourselves through empathy, nurturing and mentoring.
Professionalism - We hold ourselves accountable to the standards of professional performance, practice and ethical behavior.
Mutual Respect and Support - We respect the importance of individual strengths and contributions, and support each other to ensure the success of our mission. We have an abundance mentality that drives us to work together to create the future vision we desire.
Transparency - We maintain open and honest organizational and interpersonal communication.
The philosophy of the nursing faculty at the Graduate School Online Program is congruent with the missions of St Bernadette of Lourdes College. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing advance nursing education that prepares nurse professionals to practice in advanced nursing roles as nurse manager, administrator and supervisor in all professional, clinical and educational environment. All academic programs reflect the faculty’s beliefs about nursing, clients, health, environment, and nursing administration and education.
The faculty of the online program believes that nursing is a profession and an academic discipline possessing a scientific body of knowledge that requires critical thinking, problem solving, and informatics. As a profession, nursing encompasses moral, ethical, legal, and scientific dimensions. Nurses are accountable to society for their practice and responsible for functioning within economic, legal, and moral/ethical parameters. Nursing practice is both theory and evidence based, using theories from nursing and other related disciplines. Nurses synthesize and apply knowledge from the arts, sciences, and humanities in nursing practice utilizing interpersonal communication to meet the complex and multidimensional needs of the client in a variety of health care settings. Through leadership and strategic partnerships, this knowledge is further integrated into nursing as research is conducted, disseminated, and used to guide nursing practice, improve healthcare outcomes, and to advance the nursing profession.
Teaching and learning are both dynamic and interactive processes of education. Learning is the active, continuous process of acquiring knowledge and skill that brings about actual or potential changes of behavior. It includes both formal and informal experiences. Learning builds on previous experiences. It is facilitated when the goals and purposes of the new knowledge are clear and relevant to the learner. The goals of learning are defined mutually by the learner and the teacher.
Teaching involves using a curriculum that fosters effective communication and knowledge acquisition. In the rapidly changing health care system, new, innovative, and technologically competent curriculum models are designed to meet the needs of a global society and beyond such as the innovative nursing online program. Effective teachers guide, direct, mentor, and evaluate learning while encouraging critical thinking, self-direction, creativity, and independence.
Nursing education guides the learner to attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice professional nursing. It is designed to meet the needs of students who have unique and diverse backgrounds. Nursing education best occurs in a non-threatening, supportive environment that fosters student growth and professional development. Preparation for nursing practice includes providing health care experiences to clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, across the life span, and in a variety of settings.
Professional nursing education is a life long endeavor, consisting of formal and continuing educational strategies and should be available to individuals with diverse cultural, experiential, and academic backgrounds. Master’s education focuses on the integration of advanced knowledge and skills within a particular practice context to improve the health care of individuals and populations through the provision of nursing care that is scientifically, ethically, and holistically grounded. In addition to a mastery of their specialty content, master’s level nurses are critical thinkers who have advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, informatics, health care policy, and research utilization for evidence based practice.
The faculty believes a graduate advance nursing education grounded in the liberal arts must provide learners with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values to become leaders and managers of professional nursing. The teaching-learning relationship between faculty and student is central to education. Students are expected to be self-disciplined, self-directed, and accountable for their own learning. The faculty is responsible for creating a caring environment in which knowledge is shared and role development enhanced.