Philosophy

We, the faculty of Washington Health System School of Nursing, believe each person is a holistic individual with mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions. Throughout the developmental life process, the individual has the freedom and capacity to change, subject to changing values, beliefs, customs, and mores.  The person acts in a reciprocal relationship with the internal and external environment to meet human needs and to strive toward one's optimum potential.

 

We believe health is a dynamic state of well-being which allows the individual to meet physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Throughout the life continuum, varying degrees of health are experienced by each individual, family, and society. Health is influenced by the values and perceptions of the individual, family, and society.  Health reflects the unity and harmony of the mind, body, and spirit. The health potential of the individual, family, and community is affected by the process of adaptive change to maintain structural and functional soundness. Illness is an alteration in health, which interferes with optimal functioning within the environment. Illness occurs when an individual cannot maintain integrity of the structural, personal, and social dimensions.

 

We believe nursing is a human science and practice discipline that draws upon the physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to support the individual's health and quality of life. The professional nurse utilizes communication and leadership skills in interacting with individuals and other health team members to enhance the delivery of health care to them, their families, and communities. As a humanistic profession, nurses establish a helping, trusting, caring relationship to enhance the individual's self-healing. Through the use of the nursing process, nursing care is deliberate, systematic, and individualized. The professional nurse utilizes problem solving and critical thinking to apply the nursing process in managing care. Professional nurses are accountable for their own practice. In order to practice within the changing needs of society, nurses must adapt to the expansion of the professional nurse role while upholding the ethical and legal standards of the profession.

 

We believe that teaching and learning are life-long participative processes through which individuals develop within their potential for growth. The goals of education are to foster motivation, promote self-direction and stimulate analytical inquiry. The educational process provides for active communication, improves problem solving and the values clarification necessary for making discerning decisions. Learning is often evidenced by a change in behavior, which is the result of the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and the development of new perceptions and values. Learning is dependent upon the student's readiness. It requires the teacher and the learner to be mutually responsible within this process. The faculty assumes responsibility for teaching and guiding the learning process in a climate of mutual respect. The student is guided toward progressive, cumulative learning to facilitate concept formation. The faculty views the educational philosophy of progressivism as central to the curriculum. The student is responsible for employing self-direction and participating actively in the learning process.

 

We believe that the faculty prepares individuals to function as professional nurses in order to meet the current and predicted needs of society. The faculty acknowledges the role of the community in providing resources for student learning experiences. The faculty believes that Washington Health System School of Nursing serves the community by encouraging faculty and students' participation in health related activities, by offering its facilities and resources for educational programs, and by preparing graduates who contribute to the nursing resources of the community.