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Wisconsin Lutheran College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Goals and Objectives

Mission and Vision

Wisconsin Lutheran College, affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is a Lutheran liberal arts college for Christian men and women. The College is committed to: providing quality teaching, scholarship, and service that are rooted in Holy Scripture; promoting the spiritual growth of students, faculty, and staff; and preparing students for lives of Christian leadership.

Purpose

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a Christian school of higher education offering a program in the arts and sciences. Realizing that in Christ "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," the college integrates God's truths into every discipline, helping students relate their faith to life in today's world. Its primary purpose is to provide higher education for students interested in the arts and sciences taught within the framework of Christian doctrine. Although Wisconsin Lutheran College programs are designed for job preparation and upgrading, they are all the more concerned with preparing young Christian men and women to face life and deal with it through the application of Christian principles found in God's Word.

Philosophy

  1. Declaration of Faith

    Wisconsin Lutheran College believes, teaches and confesses that the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments--in all their words and all their parts--are the inspired and inerrant Word of God, that these Holy Scriptures are the only source and authority for Christian doctrine and life, that they are efficacious in presenting God's plan of salvation through Law and Gospel, and that they are sufficient and clear in revealing God's truth. Wisconsin Lutheran College believes, teaches, and confesses all the symbols of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580 without reservation, not insofar as, but because they are a correct presentation and explanation of the Word of God and a summary of the faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. These symbols are the three ecumenical Creeds (Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian), Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism, Dr. Martin Luther's Large Catechism, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord.

  2. Adherence

    All that is done or taught at Wisconsin Lutheran College shall be in accordance with the Word of God. Likewise, any controversies or disputes shall be settled by the norm of Holy Scripture.

  3. Confessional Affiliation

    Wisconsin Lutheran College shall maintain confessional fellowship only with a church body that holds to all the truths of God's Word in doctrine and practice and is bound to the confession of faith set forth in this philosophy if, and as long as, such a church body exists.

  4. Principles of Education

    Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts the principle that education is inseparable from religion, that all knowledge in all areas of human thought and endeavor is worthy of inquiry when viewed in the light of human sin and divine grace. It is also committed to the total development of its students, not just intellectually, but also spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially. In this Christian college the main source of life and growth is God's Word. As members of the Body of Christ, all serve and are served, all teach and all learn. All recognize that the freedom of the Christian life lies within the bounds set forth in Holy Scripture.

    The baccalaureate nursing program will provide students with foundational nursing knowledge and skills necessary for professional nursing practice in a four-year, liberal arts, Christian-based educational environment. The curriculum focuses on facilitating student development in the broad areas of clinical nursing care, health care leadership, and professionalism. Development of these nursing roles reflects the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials for Baccalaureate Education (1998) and include professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice; core competencies of critical thinking communication, assessment, and technical skill; core knowledge of health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness and disease management, information and health technologies, ethics, human diversity, global health care, health care systems and policy; and role development as provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession. Role development will be further realized through the integration of the theoretical foundations of nursing within the context of the nursing process and clinical practice.

Goal and Purpose Statements

The academic goals of the Wisconsin Lutheran College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are congruent with the college’s academic vision, which includes Christian faith and living, communications skills, mathematical skills, technological proficiency, scientific reasoning, behavioral analysis, aesthetic sensibility, intellectual diversity, wisdom, and leadership.

The BSN program purposes are proposed as follows:

  1. Provide a four-year college program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing, in which students are able to achieve the knowledge, skills, and Christian values necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care.

  2. Ensure an educational foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences as well as in the humanities, all of which are essential to professional nursing practice.

  3. Foster an attitude of intellectual and critical inquiry and to inculcate professional values and characteristics.

  4. Develop an understanding of the research process which promotes the use of nursing and health care research in nursing practice.

  5. Prepare the nursing student to exercise leadership and self-direction in planning, initiating, implementing and evaluating current and emerging roles in nursing, as well as the emerging needs of health care systems.

  6. Integrate God’s truths and foster the ability of students of nursing to deal with professional decisions and dilemmas through the application of Christian principles found in God’s word.

  7. Foster a love of learning and a desire for continuing education in the field of nursing toward the goal of advanced and terminal degrees in the field.

  8. Prepare the student to sit for the NCLEX examination and practice as a professional Registered Nurse.

  9. Provide a foundation for graduate study.

Nursing Program Philosophy

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.” Galatians 6:10

The philosophy of the baccalaureate nursing program is consistent with the mission, purposes, and academic vision of Wisconsin Lutheran College. The nursing program is grounded in Christian motivation and ethics with an emphasis on ministry and service. Professional development is facilitated in four domains – spiritual, intellectual, ethical, and social. The program emphasizes service to others in the form of health ministry and servant leadership. Students acquire a foundation for theory-based professional nursing practice which will promote health and healing within their communities.

The baccalaureate program in nursing will focus on the development and enhancement of values, knowledge, and basic skills necessary for students to enter into professional nursing practice, facilitated within a conceptual framework of Caring and Culture Care which is a reflection of the college’s Biblical framework and essential for providing meaningful, consumer-centered health care across diverse cultures. Nursing is a unique caring profession which exists to serve God’s peoples worldwide and, in doing so, considers the culture, society, economics, and politics that influence the health of individuals and communities.

The following caritas described by Watson (1998) are tangible and specific goals for the Christian nurse:

  1. Practice of loving kindness and equanimity within caring context.

  2. Being authentically present

  3. Cultivation of one’s own spiritual practices, open to others with sensitivity and compassion.

  4. Developing and sustaining a helping-trusting, authentic care relationship.

  5. Creative use of self as part of the caring process

  6. Engaging in genuine teaching-learning experience, staying within others/ frames of reference.

  7. Creating healing environment at all levels

  8. Assisting with basic needs, with an intention caring consciousness

  9. Opening and attending to spiritual dimensions of one’s own life-death

This theory stresses the importance of the lived experience of the nurse, as well as the client. The nurse is fully present to the client, not hidden behind professional detachment. The nurse is changed through the caring relationship with the client.

Contemporary professional nursing incorporates both autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages and developmental stages, families, groups and communities, and aggregate populations in all settings and in all circumstances of health or illness. Nursing facilitates the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of well, ill, disabled and/or dying people. Patient advocacy, promotion of safe environments, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, research, and education are also key nursing roles. (International Council of Nurses)

The baccalaureate nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College is structured on four concepts central to the discipline of nursing: person, environment, health, and nursing. These concepts are inherent in all knowledge, research, and practices related to nursing.

Person Each person is a unique creation of God endowed with dignity and self-worth. The person or client possesses physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual needs which are met in varying degrees through interactions with God, other persons, and the environment. During an individual's life span, each person develops a personal system of values which give meaning and purpose to life.

Environment The environment is composed of all factors which influence the health and care patterns of individuals, families, and cultural groups. The environmental totality of an event, situation, or particular experience gives meaning to human expression, interpretations, and social interactions within physical, sociological, cultural, and political settings.

Health Health is viewed as a dynamic state of being. “Health refers to unity and harmony with the mind, body, and soul. Health is also associated with the degree of congruence between the self as perceived and the self as experienced” (Watson).

Nursing Nursing is an art, a science, and a profession. Historically, nursing as an art has been shaped by its Christian heritage. The focus of nursing is the generation of knowledge related to persons and their environments for the purpose of providing meaningful, consumer-centered health care across diverse cultures. Nursing is a unique caring profession serving God’s peoples worldwide. Nursing considers the culture, society, and economics that influence the health of individuals, families, communities, and society. The focus of the profession is the care of individuals, groups, and communities through the application of discipline-specific and discipline-related knowledge.

Program Objectives

The program objectives for the nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College reflect the four domains of professional development – spiritual, intellectual, ethical, and social – and the liberal education, professional values, core competencies and knowledge, and role development components of baccalaureate nursing education as delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Within each domain it is expected that the graduate of the Wisconsin Lutheran College baccalaureate nursing program will:

Spiritual Domain

  1. Apply spiritual and personal gifts to professional nursing practice.

  2. Integrate a personal framework of faith and spirituality in relationship-centered care to others.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to assess the spiritual and faith needs of patients, families, and aggregates.

  4. Advocate for and support patient’s and family’s decisions with respect and compassion.

Intellectual Domain

  1. Employ scientific principles and theoretical nursing concepts in planning for and providing nursing care in complex settings and situations.

  2. Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making in professional nursing practice.

  3. Participate in and use research to inform and modify nursing care practices.

  4. Direct appropriate change strategies to improve the provision of patient care services.

  5. Recognize the influence of political, social, economic, and technological systems on health care systems and patient care services.

Ethical Domain

  1. Incorporate the beliefs, values, and desires of patients, families, and aggregates in the provision of nursing care.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to make ethical decisions about nursing care in complex sociological, economic, and biomedical situations.

  3. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice.

  4. Exhibit professional values and a commitment to nursing practice within ethical and legal frameworks.

Social Domain

  1. Collaborate with patients, families, professional colleagues, and the community to promote health and provide appropriate nursing care.

  2. Demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian service as a component of professional nursing in a sociologically and culturally diverse society.

  3. Communicate the nursing perspective within interdisciplinary relationships to facilitate quality care delivery.

  4. Exhibit developing leadership behaviors in the provision of relationship-centered patient care.

  5. Accept responsibility for self-directed lifelong learning, personal growth, and professional role development.