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.