The College of Nursing, as an integral part of its parent institution, is dedicated to the pursuit of higher learning grounded in the arts, sciences and humanities. The College of Nursing shares the mission of the University of Colorado: improving human health by educating health practitioners, delivering exemplary health care, and conducting research in the health sciences. The mission of the institution is directed toward a diverse community and the university acknowledges values, fosters and benefits from the unique qualities, rich histories and wide range of cultural values. The philosophy and mission of the College of Nursing are focused on education, research, reflective practice and service within nursing.
The College of Nursing faculty believe nursing is a professional discipline with academic and practice dimensions. As a practice profession, nursing serves society through delivery of direct and indirect health care services to individuals, families and communities in local, regional, national and international contexts. Nursing is a theory-guided, evidence-based practice, focused on holistic, relationship-centered caring that facilitates health and healing. Nursing is committed to ensuring quality health care for all. Nurses engage in political leadership to improve the health and health care of the society they serve.
The College of Nursing faculty believes that higher education in nursing is responsible for preparing nurses for professional and discipline-related roles through a competency based curriculum emphasizing practice that is relational, reflective, responsive, respectful and caring. Thus, the faculty believes in the equivalent importance of undergraduate nursing education, graduate nursing education and nursing education to prepare entry-level nurses with a professional doctorate.
The faculty is committed to promoting reflective practice, and leadership for social change with inherent reciprocity among nursing practice, theory and research in all educational programs. The faculty further believes that preparation for various nursing roles requires education in the arts and sciences foundational to nursing and in substantive disciplinary knowledge regarding caring in the human health experience across the lifespan.
The faculty believes that contemporary nursing education and practice requires a commitment to diversity, interdisciplinary partnerships in practice and research and a grounding of education in faculty practice.
Faculty practice models, expert care and community service provides opportunities to develop innovative models of health care delivery, improve access to care for underserved populations, engage in clinical inquiry and test nursing theories. Contemporary nursing education is also facilitated by articulated degree programs – flexible and self-directed programs that incorporate lifelong learning, innovative educational technologies and inter-institutional collaboration.
Re-ratified 6/23/08 General Faculty Meeting