The mission of the nursing program supports the mission of Stratford University by providing a quality, evidenced-based, nursing education program to provide students with a pathway leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and licensure as a registered nurse (RN), thereby preparing graduates to have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice effectively as a professional within complex and changing healthcare environments.
The philosophy of the nursing program is based upon the following beliefs:
Stratford University’s nursing program creates an environment where competency-based learning can flourish. It prepares graduates for nursing practice, leadership roles, and graduate study. Registered nurses educated at the BSN level utilize theory and evidence-based practice to provide safe, quality, patient-centered care. Professional nurses care for patients by using clinical judgment, critical thinking, and knowledge of best practices.
Nursing practice is both a caring art and a human science that is developed using nursing knowledge, theory, and research within a holistic, caring framework. Nursing education introduces the science and theory of nursing and assists the student to develop an understanding of the distinct perspective of the nursing discipline. Liberal Arts education provides the foundation for both nursing scholarship and an understanding of cultural diversity.
The roles of the graduate of the BSN program shall include:
- Provider of care, including direct and indirect care in a variety of healthcare settings across the health-illness continuum for patients who will include individuals, families, groups, communities, and diverse populations throughout the life span. The graduate will use clinical judgment and critical thinking skills to address patient care situations from simple to complex and by caring for self in order to care for others.
- Manager of care through appropriate delegation of tasks to other health care personnel, supervising and evaluating the personnel, and functioning within the health care team by coordinating care using good leadership skills and effective communication.
- Member of the nursing profession by being an advocate for quality patient care, including involvement in nursing organizations, demonstration of values and practices within an ethical framework, and being involved in lifelong learning and career planning.
Program objectives are developed in accordance with the Standards of Professional Practice, and Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice published by the American Nurses Association and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Based on these documents a graduate of the Stratford BSN program shall be able to:
- Conduct comprehensive and focused holistic assessments of illness and wellness parameters of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations using developmentally and culturally appropriate methods. *
- Develop a plan of care based on the best evidence available to manage acute and chronic care for individuals, families, and communities.
- Implement evidence-based nursing interventions for delivering and managing acute and chronic care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across a continuum of healthcare environments. *
- Provide compassionate evidence-based care that respects the preferences of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. *
- Provide appropriate patient teaching that demonstrates sensitivity to age, developmental stage, culture, religion, health literacy, and patient preferences while fostering the involvement of the patient in his or her own care. *
- Monitor client outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. *
- Revise the plan of care based on on-going evaluation of these outcomes. *
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning in delivering patient-centered care that reflects adherence to regulatory, legal, and ethical frameworks and standards of the profession.
- Communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network.
- Create a safe environment that supports high quality outcomes. *
- Demonstrate effective application of psychomotor skills in delivering safe and compassionate patient care. *
- Demonstrate effective use of computer and information skills to accomplish high quality outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
- Develop a beginning understanding of alternative and complementary therapies and their use in healthcare. *
- Develop a framework of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for personal growth, self-evaluation, and lifelong learning.
* These objectives were either paraphrased or taken entirely (with permission) from The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. (2008) Washington DC.; AACN