The faculty in the School of Nursing subscribes to a common philosophy about human beings, nursing, and nursing education that encompasses both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty strives to be leaders and visionaries in their roles as nurse educators, consumers, and advocates for consumers of health care, and health professionals.
Utilization of nursing knowledge is the major focus in the undergraduate curriculum in the development of beginning-level practitioners. The undergraduate program prepares graduates to meet the present and emergent community health concerns at local and global levels. Throughout the development of the professional role, students learn to view the recipients of nursing care as individuals, families, groups, or communities within cultural and environmental contexts. The population distribution and geographical nature of Idaho mandate that graduates be proficient in rural and frontier nursing.
Graduate education is built upon undergraduate education. Students are prepared to assume advanced practice roles by developing nursing knowledge through research, theory, and practice. At the graduate level, faculty and students contribute toward the application and elaboration of nursing theories to describe, explain, predict, and understand nursing phenomena. Graduate education facilitates learning environments where students can construct their own knowledge integration at an advanced level. Advanced practice nurses develop broad-based knowledge and experience to facilitate or deliver personalized, holistic health care to clients over the lifespan in a variety of settings with an emphasis on rural practice.