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About the Nursing Department
The Hope College Nursing Department will provide a baccalaureate nursing program of excellence within the context of the Christian faith that is recognized for its innovation in the preparation of professional nurses. Faculty will establish a collaborative teaching/learning environment to promote critical thinking, scholarship and professional development. Students will engage in the scholarly art and science of nursing and provide multi-dimensional, compassionate and culturally sensitive care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
The Hope College Nursing Department believes that nursing is a scholarly, altruistic profession that focuses on the practice of holistic, multi-dimensional care to promote the optimal health of persons, within the context of the Christian faith.
Persons, whether Individuals, families, groups, communities, or populations, are unique, deserving of respect, and possess inherent worth, dignity, and autonomy. The person is a dynamic integration of physical, psychological, social, cultural, behavioral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions. God creates all individuals in His image. All individuals, throughout their lifespan, have a right to live and die with dignity. Nursing, through a variety of roles, has the unique opportunity to facilitate person-centered care.
Environment is dynamic and comprised of multiple internal and external factors surrounding and affecting the development, behavior, and well-being of the individual, family, group, community, and population. The internal environment consists of all influences within the person, including physical, psychological, social, cultural, behavioral, ethical, and spiritual factors. The external environment is made up of local and global influences outside of the person, including ecological, structural, aesthetic, technological, political, legal and economic variables. The person interacts with the environment, influences and is influenced by the environment, and strives to maintain health by adapting to environmental stressors. Nurses collaborate with persons to enhance or modify the environment to promote, maintain or restore health.
Health is optimal physical, psychological, social, cultural, behavioral, and spiritual well-being and is defined by the person. Health is a dynamic state. The person is deserving of optimal health and is responsible for maintaining health in relation to the internal and external environments. The nurse respects the person’s definition of health, advocates for access to care, and collaborates with the person for a dignified life through health promotion, disease prevention, illness care, health restoration, health maintenance or a peaceful death.
Nursing is an art and a science that builds on knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and liberal arts. Nursing is a scholarly discipline that is a distinct body of knowledge developed by theory and research. The practice of nursing provides safe evidenced-based care, utilizing a variety of roles, patient-care technologies, and developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches. Nurses utilize the nursing process in accordance with professional standards and guidelines of practice. Acting as change agents and advocates, nurses engage in interprofessional communication and collaboration to maximize the optimal health of persons. The professional nurse provides high quality, cost-effective, multi-dimensional, complex care from a community-based framework that facilitates the person’s adaptation to the environment for optimal health. The essence of nursing is the provision of compassionate, empathetic, holistic, culturally competent, value based care that is Christ-like in its expression. The vocation of Christian nursing is often undertaken in response to a divine calling to use one’s God-given gifts. As moral agents, nurses advocate for social justice, act with professional integrity, and practice with cultural humility.
Nursing education is the engagement of the student and teacher as interactive partners in scholarly learning. Learning occurs in an environment of trust, mutual respect and recognition of the uniqueness of each learner. Faculty and students utilize a variety of teaching-learning strategies to facilitate the achievement of expected competencies and skills. Learners assume responsibility for their own learning by identifying their individual learning goals and evaluating their progress toward these goals. Learning is a life long process that occurs in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Faculty facilitate student learning through mentorship, role modeling, integration of faith and learning, and continued professional growth through self-reflection and continuous professional development. A liberal arts education and research based baccalaureate nursing education, within the context of the Christian faith, provides a solid foundation for professional practice and preparation for graduate study.
Upon completion of the program, the Hope College Nursing Department graduate will: