Mission, Vision & Philosophy

Mission

In accordance with the Institutional Mission, the Nursing Department and its programs at the National University College are committed to the integral formation of health professionals of the highest quality with a strong commitment toward discipline and public Service. To provide an education of academic excellence that meets the needs of today’s society and broadens personal, professional and social opportunities of an individual in any of our learning modalities: traditional face-to-face or online education. This mission is aimed at the development of proficient professionals in the field of Nursing, capable of being critical and ethical thinkers, with clinical judgment and leadership attitudes through learning, professional practice and community service. In addition, to promote the development of nursing professionals who assume their commitment to learning as a dynamic and continuous process in the acquisition of new knowledge through life.

Vision

To create nursing professionals committed to the confident and competent practice as leaders in new trends and challenges for the improvement of a diverse, dynamic and complex society of health.

Nursing Program Philisophy

Nature of Person:
Each individual is a unique personality who is shaped by their genetic and environmental exposure to the world. In turn this forms a person’s moral and ethical value system. Through a process of growth and development, the individual reaches adulthood where the expectation is that of a responsible being who promotes independent and competent thinking with socially acceptable actions. Human life has value and every person has the right to achieve their optimum state of health (wellness).

Nature of Society:
Every human being is a social being.  Individuals may form community aggregates to satisfy their needs, whether that is a family, a local, regional or national community or the world.  It is the society that determines the mores and values that regulate its existence.  These interactions are the basis for the type of socialization that exists among its members.  It is through the family and society that a human being acquires knowledge and internalizes values.  Individuals, families and, social groups work together on their individual and collective behaves to effectively and significantly contribute to the bio-psychosocial, economical welfare and quality of life for all.

Health:
Society must be healthy in order to survive.  Health within the society is a continuous and cyclic process that is defined within the individual, family, groups (both small and larger) and the global community.  Optimum health is more than the absence of physical illness as it also includes the mind and spirit. There are various levels on the health/illness continuum – primary, secondary and tertiary- which emphasizes that an individual’s health can vary according to their own life stage and development.  Maximum health can, therefore, include illness prevention; promotion and maintenance of health; or, maintenance of disease.

Nature of Nursing:
Nursing is the art and science of holistically caring for individuals, families and communities.  It draws on the biological and social sciences as the background for providing care and incorporates the fine arts into one’s portrait of wholeness for the person – maximum physical, mental, social and spiritual welfare.  Within its realm is the ability to think critically, draw conclusions, make decisions and act with clinical judgment in different scenarios within various cultural venues.  Nursing includes both dependent and independent functions in relation to the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Teaching / Learning:
Through instruction or study, skills and knowledge are acquired.  This is learning.  Through the recognition of an individuals’ learning style, faculty facilitates student learning.  Teaching strategies are student centered and selected to encourage autonomy and self-direction while providing individual support.  These strategies encourage critical thinking, exploration of research and evidence based practice.   Learning is meaningful when faculty plan and select rich and varied experiences that progress from the simple to complex.  Participation in learning is necessary for achieving goals and establishing patterns of life-long learning.  This life-long process may include the desire to:  continue learning, seek answers for questions, remain connected with the profession, create new personal opportunities, etc.

Nursing Education:

  • Nursing education is a systematic and continuous process based on scientific knowledge.  It includes both general education and nursing specific content.  It is further defined, in Puerto Rico, according to the type of nursing practice the individual will perform (Rule 254).
  • The ASN or associate nurse may perform basic client care skills under the direction of a general BSN nurse, doctor or dentist in hospitals, doctors’ offices, laboratories, ambulatory and elderly care facilities.
  • The BSN or general nurse may perform independently across the life care spectrum and in all healthcare environments.