Philosophy

Beliefs about teaching and learning

  • We believe that nursing students are adult learners, responsible for assessing their own learning needs, for seeking and using educational opportunities and for preparing themselves to engage in a lifelong pursuit of learning and self-development.
  • We believe faculty are responsible for facilitating learning through creation of an environment that fosters thoughtful exchange of ideas, critical thinking, guided experience with new concepts and skills and opportunities for self-development.
  • We believe that the development of the professional nurse requires general education in the sciences, arts and humanities as well as content specific to the discipline of nursing.

Beliefs about the practice of nursing

  • We believe that the practice of nursing includes a broad range of activities, including direct patient care, research, administration, interdisciplinary collaboration, education and setting the health policy agenda.
  • We believe that nursing practice is evidenced based (standards of practice) in order to provide the highest quality of care possible.
  • We believe nursing care is holistic, respecting the spiritual, cultural, physiological and psychosocial dimensions of each client.
  • We believe that nursing services should add value to the lives of clients without unnecessary cost.
  • We believe nursing care is relationship-based and values diversity.

Beliefs about the profession of nursing 

  • We believe that nursing is grounded in the ethical codes of the profession.
  • We value the autonomy of nursing as a discipline, including setting standards of practice, codes of moral behavior and guidelines for educational programs.
  • We believe that nursing has a social contract with the community that is responsive to the needs of the community and based on partnerships that work together to make the community healthier.

Beliefs about undergraduate education in nursing

  • Faculty in the Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing believe that preparation for professional nursing begins at the baccalaureate level.
  • Faculty believe that undergraduate nursing education should provide a foundation for practice that is congruent with the most current AACN "Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice."
  • Faculty believe that the development of the professional nurse at the undergraduate level requires general education in the sciences, arts and humanities, as well as content specific to the discipline of nursing.

Beliefs about graduate education in nursing

  • Faculty in the WMU Bronson School of Nursing believe that graduate education builds upon the foundation provided at the undergraduate level. Graduate education is characterized by increased depth and breadth of knowledge necessary for the practice of advanced professional nursing.
  • Faculty believe that advanced professional nursing involves the integration of knowledge of systems, roles, culture, ethics, health care policy, health care finance, research methods and leadership to promote health and well-being of populations of interest. Faculty conceptualize advanced professional nursing as a role in which the nurse either designs/manages health care services or the educational processes that prepare future nurses within varying contexts and cultures.
  • Faculty further believe that advanced professional nurses analyze and synthesize knowledge for expert decision-making, leadership and the advancement of the profession of nursing. Additionally, the advanced professional nurse comprehends the historical, ethical and theoretical foundations of the profession and the discipline of nursing.
  • Faculty believe that the graduate student must be exposed to faculty who will stimulate professional development and leadership qualities using a variety of teaching and learning strategies. We further believe that an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and relationship-based interactions facilitates the development of the advanced professional nurse.
  • The WMU nursing faculty believe that the masters level of education for advanced professional nursing should result in the degree, Master of Science in Nursing. The M.S.N. reflects nursing as a discipline with substantive content and knowledge.