Nursing Mission and Philosophy

Departmental Mission Statement

The faculty of the Department of Nursing accepts as its own the mission of Bloomsburg University and recognizes education for professional nursing as an integral part of higher education. The educational process integrates concepts drawn from the liberal arts and sciences into the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs in nursing to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional behaviors essential to beginning or advanced practitioners of professional nursing.

Effective May 1992; Revised June 2011; Revised October 2020

Departmental Philosophy

The faculty believe that the person is an open system interacting with other systems – family, group and community. The person is a holistic being with biopsychosocial spiritual and cultural needs. As an open system, the person is in continuous and dynamic interaction with the environment. The person adapts to changes in this environment and grows throughout the life span. The faculty believe in the inherent worth and uniqueness of individuals and populations. Each person possesses human sameness yet reveals unique cultural, racial, religious, gender, lifestyle, genetic, and age-related characteristics. Each person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in a nondiscriminatory manner.


The faculty believe that the environment is multidimensional, global, dynamic, and integral to persons and their biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs. Environment encompasses diverse sociocultural, psychological, technological, and physiological elements. These elements influence and are influenced by the interaction of legal, ethical, physical, economic, sociological, and political forces. People experience the environment as individuals, families, and communities who share common beliefs and values. Given the dynamic and reciprocal relationship between the person and the environment, nursing must be responsive to lifestyle and environmental factors that are major determinants of population health.


The faculty believe that health is a dynamic process across the life span, up to and including end-of-life. Individual and population-based health is defined and influenced by the health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Health is defined by the individual. Dynamic relationships among evolving individuals, families, and communities and changing social and environmental contexts are critical determinants of health.


The faculty believe that nursing is a professional discipline that is both an art and a science. Nursing focuses on the person as individuals, families, communities, and populations in a caring and holistic manner. Nursing is a process of simultaneous, purposeful actions that are theory-based, contextual and grounded in critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and the scientific method. The goal of nursing is to promote optimal health and prevent disease and injury at individual and population levels. As practitioner, teacher, leader/manager, and consumer of research, the baccalaureate nurse values a sense of inquiry and participates in the process of retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence in collaboration with the person and other inter-professionals to guide practice and improve patient outcomes. At the master’s level, the advanced practice nurse assumes leadership as a practitioner, educator, manager/administrator, consultant, and researcher in specialized areas of nursing practice. The faculty believe that it is essential to educate nurses who view the profession as a scientific discipline possessing a belief system reflecting ethical values, practice according to professional standards, demonstrate concern for humankind, and commit to life-long learning, self-reflection and ongoing self-awareness development.

Effective May 1992; Revised May 1996; December 1999; December 9, 2005; April 17, 2009