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We believe that nursing is an art and a science, an academic discipline as well as a field of professional practice. As an academic discipline, nursing is concerned with the search for new knowledge and understanding of human responses to health situations. As a practice profession, nursing serves society through knowledgeable and humanistic caring directed toward healing in the human health experience. Consistent with these beliefs, the School of Nursing programs incorporate selected holistic theories and models.

The process of nursing is deliberative, interpersonal, and interactive in nature. Nursing values the intrinsic worth of human beings and strives to meet the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities of diverse cultures, values, and beliefs. The practice of nursing rests on a decision-making process derived from a synthesis of knowledge and experience in humanities, nursing and related sciences. Nurses assume a variety of roles including those of practitioner, manager, teacher, and researcher.

Nursing exists as a mandate from society and occurs within the health care system. This system is influenced by social, political, and economic forces. Access to health care services is viewed as a right of individuals as members of society.

We believe that health is a dynamic human experience, a subjective experience for the individual. Health is the manifestation of the person-environment interaction, influenced by many internal and external factors including those that are biological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural, spiritual, and perceptual. Health is influenced by values, relationships, and personal choices.

Persons are unique, give meaning to situations, are responsible for choices, and are the primary decision makers in health situations. Persons respond holistically to changing environments, to growing and aging and to suffering and healing.

We believe that education is a lifelong process of realization of human potentials. In this process, knowledge, skills, and values are developed and refined. We believe that the purpose of nursing education is to prepare nurses who will provide knowledgeable and culturally competent nursing care and who will participate in expanding nursing knowledge.

Metropolitan State University’s nursing programs are based on the belief that adult learners should have opportunities to pursue educational preparation in nursing to advance their careers. We believe that baccalaureate education prepares students for professional nursing practice as generalists. Building on baccalaureate competencies, master's education prepares students for advanced practice nursing and leadership roles.

We believe adult learners are self-directed and mature, bringing a diversity of experience to the educational environment. Because adult students are able to assume major responsibilities for their learning, the faculty serves primarily as facilitators and role models. Learning is facilitated through systematic study, expert role modeling, and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, students, clients, nurses and others. The use of adult learning principles and multiple teaching strategies reflects the faculty's belief in students as unique persons with their own cognitive abilities, feelings, and values who have the potential for growth and self-directedness.

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