Philosophy of Caring

The Department of Nursing is committed to providing competent, compassionate, innovative and accessible nursing care to its patients.  The delivery of care is individualized, outcome oriented, and evidence-based.

We believe that nursing practice is rooted in the science of caring.  Caring is the most central and unifying focus for nursing practice. As coordinators of care, nurses must collaborate with other health team members in the delivery of quality health care.  The humanistic, scientific combination underlies the science of nursing.

We believe that nursing:

  • Is both patient-centered and patient driven
  • Works with the families and/or significant others
  • Assists patients to manage human responses to health and illness
  • Is a unique relationship between nurse and patient
  • Is an adaptation to life experiences and human responses
  • Values the patient’s beliefs, cultural and spiritual
  • Protects patients from injury/harm
  • Maintains privacy/confidentiality
  • Supports optimal functioning
  • Is coordinated across the continuum of healthcare settings

Nursing assumes continual accountability for nursing care provided.  We collaborate with our patients to provide the most informed, shared health care experience.  As a team, we work to achieve optimal level of wellness for our patients.  To this end, nursing care focuses on providing mutually agreed-upon care to facilitate positive outcomes.  Our vision and philosophy is based upon Jean Watson’s Caring Theory, which supports our belief that the practice of caring is central to nursing