SCHOOL OF NURSING MISSION
The Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions School of Nursing mission statement not only supports the mission of the University and the College, it is unique unto Nursing. The School’s mission is to prepare nurses at the practical, associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree levels while offering an academic setting wherein excellence, global awareness, and diversity are core values. To achieve this mission the School of Nursing prepares graduates who will competently practice nursing within a complex local, national, and international environment, understand the significance of evolving healthcare technology, and apply both professional and ethical principles with sensitivity to the diverse needs of individuals, groups, and communities.
SCHOOL OF NURSING PHILOSOPHY AND FRAMEWORK
The WSU nursing faculty articulates a philosophy for the School of Nursing that is consistent with that of Weber State University (WSU) and the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions (DCHP). The philosophy statements define the faculty’s core values as they relate to professional nursing education and practice. These core values include: excellence in nursing education and practice; respect for self and the diversity found within others; the creation of an inclusive environment in which students can learn the practice of nursing; organizational and personal accountability; and the promotion of a learning and nursing practice environment that exhibits integrity in both choice and action.
WSU School of Nursing Career Ladder Model
Meeting the complex healthcare needs of a global society requires varying patterns and levels of nursing education and practice. The WSU School of Nursing’s approach to nursing education offers four separate but coordinated levels of study: Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Baccalaureate Nursing, and Master’s of Science Nursing. Each level of the Program prepares the graduate to either practice nursing or provide leadership within increasingly complex roles and broader levels of autonomy. This progression model, or career-ladder nursing education model, affords the nursing student, each with a unique set of life challenges, the opportunity to engage in life-long learning and expand within his or her professional, cultural, personal, and social roles.