Mission Vision Values
North Park University School of Nursing - Mission, Vision and Philosophy
The mission, philosophy and objectives of the nursing program are derived from and, therefore, consistent with those of North Park University.
School of Nursing Mission
The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses for lives of significance and service through baccalaureate and graduate nursing education within the Christian tradition.
School of Nursing Vision
Our vision is the creation and maintenance of a culture of excellence in nursing grounded in the compassion of Christ.
These statements were adopted in the 1998/1999 academic year and continue to serve us today. They are instrumental in the School of Nursing philosophy, which articulates beliefs about the universality as well as uniqueness of people, the development of a broadly educated individual and a commitment to being intentionally and distinctly Christian. Additionally, it addresses beliefs about nursing and professional education.
School of Nursing Philosophy
The Philosophy of the School of Nursing builds on the Mission and Vision statements of North Park University and the School of Nursing. Our beliefs about persons, health, environment, community and nursing are based on a Christian perspective that is rooted in a Trinitarian understanding of God. This Philosophy serves as the foundation for nursing education at North Park University.
We believe that all persons are of intrinsic worth because they are created in the image of God and are valued equally by God. Their worth is confirmed in the love and redemptive work of Jesus Christ; the work of the Holy Spirit enables persons to come to the full realization of their created worth and restored humanity. Dignity is conferred on the human being by virtue of being created after the image and likeness of God and by virtue of being the only creature destined for fellowship and communion with God. We cannot add to this intrinsic dignity and value, but acts of caring can confirm that dignity and value. Acts perceived as uncaring can diminish one's self-perception of dignity and value.
We believe that each person is a unity of body-mind-soul-spirit. Each person is an individual and a relational being who achieves identity in communion and community with others. Our Christian perspective emphasizes the spirituality and uniqueness of each person.
We believe that health is the lived experience of harmony among life's four basic relationships: self, community, environment and God. To be healthy is to be whole, to experience one's journey toward wholeness, and perceive oneself as whole physically, mentally, and spiritually. One may feel whole even while suffering.
Health is experienced by individuals, families, and communities. Health affects and is affected by changes in society, community, and the natural environment.
We believe that environment is multidimensional. It includes the natural environment, created by God, and humanly constructed local, national and global communities.
We believe that the natural environment is a dynamic order that God sees as good. Human beings have a responsibility to preserve and protect the natural environment to promote the health of all forms of life.
We believe that persons, as relational beings, live in communion with others in the context of multiple communities. This includes faith communities, which have a unique role in promoting wholeness and health of persons, families and communities through congregational life and intentional ministries of health.
Communities provide a dynamic multidimensional context within which persons experience life and learn to understand and experience health and illness. This context provides the cultural framework and the resources with which persons: (1) develop and maintain values and belief systems, (2) mature physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, and (3) relate to others both inside and outside their community.
We believe that professional nursing, as one of the health professions, serves a unique, specialized and essential function for society. The professional nurse participates in health promoting and health restoring activities, provides evidence-based care, and collaborates with other health professionals in evaluating nursing practice. Nursing leaders and researchers work with others for the advancement of the profession and of health care for all persons.
We believe that the essence of nursing is a caring relationship with others that requires professional competence, compassion, and a trusting relationship in which the dignity and worth of the other is confirmed. We believe the caring relationship is motivated and empowered by God's love for all persons. Its model is the love, compassion and lifework of Christ, and is a response to Christ's commandment to love one another as exemplified by the Good Samaritan. In this caring relationship the nurse is truly present with others in their experiences of health and illness, joy and suffering. This experience of caring communion leads to mutual confirmation of dignity and worth.