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Nursing Mission & Philosophy

Nursing Mission & Philosophy


The mission of the Dixie State University nursing programs is the education of nurses at the baccalaureate level through rigorous learning who will provide dedicated and excellent healthcare.



The nursing program promotes a student-centered learning environment to facilitate active learning and acquisition of skills, knowledge, and attitudes consistent with the practice of a professional nurse.



The nursing faculty has defined the following terms as part of their philosophical beliefs regarding nursing and nursing education.

Healthcare:  The maintenance or improvement of physical, mental, or emotional well-being of those cared for by the professional nurse.

Student-Centered:   Learning experiences, instructional approaches, and strategies intended to address the distinct learning needs of individual students and groups of students.

Learning Environment:  Diverse physical locations and cultures in which students learn.

Active Learning: An instructional methodology to engage students in exploring concepts to facilitate analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking leading to competent, safe patient care.

Skills: An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills).

Knowledge: Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education.

Attitudes:  A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something reflected in a person’s behavior.