The Weber State University Dumke College of Health Professions (DCHP) School of Nursing’s mission statement supports the mission of Weber State University (WSU) and DCHP. The WSU School of Nursing’s mission is unique to the nursing profession and is designed to prepare nurses at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels while offering an academic setting wherein safe patient-centered care, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration, and informatics are core values. To achieve this mission the School of Nursing (SON) 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 Vision and Philosophy
Our vision is to lead the nation in innovative learning environments which incorporate technology, challenge learners, develop educators, and transform health care worldwide. Our vision statement is future-oriented and supports the mission and philosophy of WSU SON.
The WSU nursing faculty articulates a philosophy for the School of Nursing that is consistent with that of the university and the Dumke College of Health Professions. 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 programs of study: Associate Degree Nursing, PN to RN (AS/AAS), Bachelor of Science Nursing, and Master of Science Nursing. Each program level 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.
The WSU School of Nursing offers multi-levels of undergraduate preparation, as well as graduate preparation in nursing administration and nursing education. To fulfill the program’s primary goals, its curricular framework combines coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with those required within the nursing curriculum.