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as a unique person with a unique cultural, ethnic, and social background. It is the role of the educator to provide the learning cli mate and facilitate access to resources that will enhance each student's ability to meet his/her individual learning needs. It is our belief that the goal of learning is behavioral change in the cognitive, affec tive, and psychomotor domains. Learning is a purposeful , dynamic process and in volves a change in knowledge, skills, atti tudes, values , and / or beliefs. It occurs more effici ently, is more pervasive, and more enduring when the learner actively participates in all phases of the learning process. Previous experience provides the foundation for current learning. Learning is facilitated when experiences move from the familiar to the unfamiliar and from the simple to the complex. Learning which in volves discovery of organizing principles rather than specific content facilitates the transfer of learning to novel situations. We believe critical and creative thinking are essential for the professional nurse. Development of these skills is fostered in a learning environment that: (1) provides op portunity for involvement in problem-solv ing and decision-making early in the learn ing process; (2) creates tension as a stimu lus to inquiry and discovery; (3) provides exposure to a variety of problems in a vari ety of settings; (4) encourages maturation of the ability to utilize internal and external evaluative feedback; and (5) promotes in creasing self-direction and independence. The educator as a role model enhances the learning process by demonstrating the skill of inquiry and discovery. Acting as a facilitator and resource person, the educa tor guides the learner through the educa tional experience. We believe that the edu cational process is part of the continuing de velopment of the learner's potentialities for continued growth as a person, citizen, and professional nurse. Statement ofPurpose 1. To provide a liberal and professional ed ucation in a Christian setting as a foun dation for practice, advanced education, and productive living. 2. To develop graduates who are sensitive to the total needs of all individuals and who recognize and respect the value of each person as uniquely created in God's image. 3. To provide a broad theory base as a foundation for dynamic nursing practice required to meet current and future health care needs of society.
We believe caring is the essence of nurs ing. The focus of nursing activity is the three human interactional systems and the dynamic interaction between them within the context of their environment. These three systems (intrapersonal, interpersonal and community) are also constantly inter acting with internal and external stressors which may affect the integrity of the sys tems. It is our view that the purpose of nursing is to support and promote adaptive processes that facilitate the system's ability to achieve and maintain adaptive equilibri um. This is accomplished through use of the nursing process which is ongoing and involves assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating. Nursing is a dynamic profession based on a growing body of scientific knowledge. Behavioral, biological, and physical sci ences have been fundamental to the devel opment of nursing's own unique body of knowledge. Nursing is both art and sci ence; its uniqueness does not reside in any specific component of theory or action, but can be found only in the whole. As one of the major health care profes sions, we believe nursing is accountable to society for provision of quality health care services. Nursing endeavors to meet this responsibility through: 1. independent practice; 2. collaborative activities with clients and other health care professionals; and 3. involvement in research to improve clini cal practice and further the development of nursing science. In a rapidly changing world, adequate and equitable delivery of health care is a critical problem. We believe that equal ac cess to health care services is the right of every individual in society. Through its unique contribution, nursing can and must be an effective social force in promoting the quality and availability of health care ser vices. To effect positive changes nurses must be involved in all aspects of the health care delivery system, including the legisla tive process, manpower planning and com munity organizations. We believe initial preparation of the pro fessional nurse to meet these needs of soci ety is best accomplished through the learn ing acquired in baccalaureate education. As nurse educators it is our responsibility to provide an environment which facilitates this learning and prepares the graduate for advanced professional education. Consistent with our belief about the na ture of the individual, each student is viewed
Chair: Rebekah Fleeger, Ph.D.
FACULTY Associate Professors: Fleeger, Gewe, Guilbert, Westcott (Associate Chair) Assistant Professors: Caltabiano, Ewert, Murphy OBJECTIVES Biola University offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing which is accredited by the California Board ofRegistered Nursing and the National League for Nursing. The pro gram is designed to prepare graduates for a ca reer in professional nursing. The generic stu dent may select a four or five year option. The Nursing Department should be consulted for these options. Graduates of licensed vocational, diploma and associate degree nursing pro grams may be admitted as transfer students and evaluated individually. Policies are avail able from the Nursing Department Clinical nursing experiences are provided with the cooperation of hospitals and agen cies throughout both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In compliance with State Board regulations, the candidate will be eligi ble to take the examination required by the Board of Registered Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse. Upon graduation, appli cation can be made for certification as a pub lic health nurse. Both acceptance to and continuation in the nursing major will be de termined by the student's preparation, per formance and personal qualities, as assessed by the faculty of the Department of Nursing. Philosophy The philosophy of the Department of Nursing is in agreement with that of the University. As such, we believe nursing is concerned with the individual's total being. Each individual is a synergistic being, an in tegrated whole, uniquely created in God's image with inherent dignity and worth. The entry of sin into the world has placed a con straint on the individual's wholeness which can only be remedied by the power and love of God through faith in Jesus Christ. God has created each individual as a dynamic being endowed with a capacity for growth and development with the right to make de cisions which influence this wholeness. Each individual, created as a social being, requires social interaction to achieve and main tain wholeness. The family within the context of its culture is the fundamental unit through which the socialization process is advanced.
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