The faculty at Queen’s School of Nursing value all aspects of nursing – Practice, Education, Research and Administration. We believe the patient should be the main focus affecting all decisions made by nurses.
Graduates of the BNSc program will:
- Provide competent and culturally sensitive nursing care in response to changing needs of society and according to prevailing legal and ethical standards.
- Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and scientific inquiry in the practice of nursing, and in monitoring and ensuring quality of health care practices.
- Communicate effectively in relationships with clients* and health care professionals.
- Use nursing knowledge and skills in partnership with clients* and health care professionals to maintain and promote health and well-being and provide care and support during illness.
- Use population-based and intersectoral approaches to assess, protect, and promote the health of communities.
- Demonstrate how specific environments and socio-political conditions affect health behaviour, professional practice, and public policy.
- Apply leadership and managerial abilities and political skills to attain quality care for clients and quality of work-life for ourselves and our co-workers.
- Engage in self-directed learning, reflective, and evidence-based practice.
* Clients are defined as individuals, families, communities and populations.
The philosophy of Queen’s University School of Nursing is consistent with the mission and vision of Queen’s University and reflects the nursing faculty belief that exemplary nursing practice is built upon the foundational blocks of the sciences and arts. The purpose of the nursing program is to educate individuals to competently address the health needs of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of environments. Central to the program are the five core concepts of client, health, environment, quality, and transitions.
Nursing is a dynamic profession requiring critical and reflective thinking based on current scientific rationale, as well as humanistic perspectives. Partnering with individuals, families, and communities, nurses assist their clients through various life transitions, using sound decision-making and therapeutic communication in their interactions. Competent care requires not only an understanding of bio-psychosocial processes, but also the socio-environmental and cultural contexts that affect clients, families, and communities.
We believe these approaches to academic excellence prepare practitioners to make caring connections and allow learners to transition – integrating sciences, humanities, and evidence-based health care – into their professional roles as nurses and life-long learners. We believe students should have the opportunity to learn interprofessionally with, from, and about each other. Students learn best from nursing faculty and nursing role models who foster caring and inquiry into human transitions from theoretical, practice, and research perspectives.