The Nursing Department Mission

The Department of Nursing as an integral part of Rockford University, holds a mission and philosophy that is consistent with the mission and beliefs of the University. The mission of the Rockford University baccalaureate nursing program is to prepare registered professional nurses to provide quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations with diverse health needs. The graduate will attain the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for professional nursing practice by integrating liberal education and professional nursing education.

Program Goals

Synthesize knowledge and skills from nursing and a liberal education that includes both the sciences and the arts into professional nursing practice.

Prepare graduates to practice as baccalaureate generalist nurses and be contributing members of the nursing profession to promote, maintain and restore the health of clients to meet the diverse health care needs of populations.

Facilitate the internalization of the values of the discipline of nursing that include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice.

Prepare graduates as lifelong learners who demonstrate essential skills in inquiry, information management, and research to support continued personal and professional growth and transition into graduate study.


Philosophy of Nursing

We, the nursing faculty of the Department of Nursing, participate in the mission of Rockford University. Education for professional nursing is achieved through a curriculum that unifies the essential phenomena of interest in nursing: the concepts of nursing, health, person and environment.

We believe that nursing is an art and a science concerned with disease prevention and the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal health. Clients of nursing are individuals, families, groups, communities or populations with health-related concerns. We believe that nursing is a complex interaction with clients requiring flexibility, creativity, expert communication, critical thinking, and competence in therapeutic interventions for care across the globe and across the lifespan from the very young to the older adult. We embrace the skills, values, ethics and standards of practice espoused by the nursing profession. We believe that competent nursing practice occurs when professional nurses demonstrate the values and ethics of the profession in their roles as caregiver, communicator, critical thinker, diagnostician, leader, manager, and teacher. We believe that nursing exists to serve society and that nursing and society share accountability and responsibility for providing quality health care to all. We believe that nursing best serves the public when nurses are politically active and practice collaboratively in a variety of roles with clients and other inter-professional health care providers.

We believe that health is a resource for living that changes over time in response to influences such as personal biology, lifestyle, the environment, and the health care system. Health is defined in various ways by laypersons and health care providers. A broad knowledge of health gives the nurse flexibility when assisting others with health issues and concerns. We believe the nurse in their role provides leadership for quality improvement and patient safety in order to promote high quality health care.

We believe that each person is a unique, complex, and holistic being with biophysical, psychological, spiritual, and socio-cultural dimensions. People develop behavioral patterns to meet their needs and wants. These behavioral patterns may enhance or diminish health. People have freedom of choice and are accountable for their health care decisions but many clients need help in navigating the health care system. We recognize that personal decision-making about health is complex and dependent on many variables within and surrounding the individual person. We value the inherent worth and dignity of each person and believe that excellent nursing requires a working partnership with clients.

We believe that the environment is everything that surrounds a person including all conditions circumstances and resources. Society is a dimension of the environment that strongly influences the health resources of its people. Professional nursing is a health resource and takes place within the context of society. People interact with their environments and are strongly influenced by variables that promote and/or undermine health. We believe that an increasingly important aspect of nursing practice is the examination of the relationship between the environment and client health. Nurses then intervene to empower clients to either adapt to or change their environment. Nurses also partner with others in society to create a more healthful environment for all.

We believe that education at its best is an interactive process by which students and teachers teach and learn from each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect and caring. We believe that both the process and content of our educational program are critically important for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies necessary for quality nursing practice. Integration of reliable evidence from multiple ways of knowing will enhance practice and the ability of the graduate to make clinical judgments. Accepting responsibility for nurturing ones own learning and for helping others learn is essential for the life-long personal growth and professional development of teachers and students.

Revised 5/16/2014