About the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is to prepare health professionals for lives of significance and service through baccalaureate and graduate education within the Christian tradition.
Our vision is the creation and maintenance of a culture of excellence in nursing and the health sciences grounded in the compassion of Christ.
Philosophy of Nursing
The philosophy of nursing of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences builds on the mission and vision statements of North Park University. Our beliefs about persons, health, environment, community and nursing are based on a Christian perspective that is rooted in a Trinitarian understanding of God.
We believe that all persons are of intrinsic worth because they are created in the image of God and 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 effects 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 are 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.
This philosophy serves as the foundation for nursing education at North Park University. It is operationalized in the fulfillment of the unique values of the university: Christian, city-centered and intercultural.
The School of Nursing prepares future leaders in nursing practice through the education of nurse generalists and of nurse leaders, managers, and practitioners. Program goals define our graduates and clearly differentiate among programs.
- The goal of the master’s (MSN) and post-master’s (PM) certificate programs is to prepare graduates for lives of significance and service as master-level nurse generalists, nurse leaders, managers, or practitioners, whose practice is client-centered and evidence-based.
The Direct Entry MSN (DEMSN) track prepares graduates as master-level nurse generalists whose practice is evidence-based and client-centered.
The leadership and management (L&M) track prepares graduates for roles in leadership and management at the macro level.
- The master’s advanced practice nursing (APRN) tracks prepare nurse practitioner (NP) graduates in one of two population focus areas: adult-gerontology (AGNP) primary care or family/across the life span (FNP).
- The post–master’s certificate program prepares graduates who seek advanced knowledge, skills, and certification to function as APRNs in one of two NP population focus areas: adult-gerontology (AGNP) primary care or family/across the life span (FNP).
- The goal of the DNP program is to prepare students for lives of significance and service for advanced nursing practice. Building upon a master’s degree in nursing, students develop organization and systems leadership knowledge and skills, generate new knowledge through practice innovation, and improve health outcomes through application and translation of evidence into practice.
Student Learning Outcomes
Baccalaureate Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate nursing program graduates will be able to:
- Use knowledge of the Christian principles of the School of Nursing’s philosophy to develop caring relationship with self, patients, families, the community, as well as interprofessional team that confirm the intrinsic worth, dignity, and wholeness of all beings. (Domains 1, 6, 9 &10 QSEN PCC, team and collab.)
- Provide compassionate and professional nursing care to individuals, families, and communities, based on the integration of concepts, theory, and knowledge from nursing science, and liberal arts education to form the basis of clinical judgment and innovation in nursing practice. (Domains 1 & 2 QSEN EBP PCC)
- Demonstrate evidence-based, holistic person -centered care focused on the social determinants of health for the individual, family, and communities from prevention to disease management to provide spiritual, cultural, safe, quality, equitable, and inclusive care to diverse populations. (Domains 2, 3, 4 & 5 QSEN EBP QI Safety Quality)
- Demonstrate inquiry and analysis in applying patient care technologies and information systems to improve health and support safe quality nursing practice for the patient, family, community, and population in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards. (Domains 1, 4, 5 & 8 QSEN Informatics)
- Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, and coordination with the interprofessional care team and health care consumers within a complex system in accordance with health care policy to provide safe, quality, and equitable care to diverse populations. (Domains 2, 5, 6 & 7 QSEN Team and Collab, Safety, QI)
- Exhibit a professional nursing identity that incorporates ethical principles, values, attitudes, and characteristics that includes life-long learning. (Domains 9 &10 QSEN Safety)
- Employ leadership principles to promote collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partnerships from affected communities, public health, industry, academia, health care, local government agencies, and others for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes. (Domains 3, 4 & 10 QSEN Team and Collab, QI)
Master’s or Post-master’s Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of either a master’s or post-master’s nursing program options, the graduate will be able to:
1. Integrate core scientific and ethical principles, advanced nursing knowledge, professional values, and clinical excellence in master’s level nursing practice that reflects the Christian principles of the philosophy of the School of Nursing.
2. Apply leadership skills in the design, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of safe and high quality patient care.
3. Plan quality improvement initiatives to improve health outcomes.
4. Apply evidence-based approaches to guide master’s level nursing practice.
5. Use information systems and technology to support practice.
6. Advocate for policies to improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
7. Demonstrate effective communication with interprofessional partners to improve the health of individuals and populations.
8. Plan, deliver, and evaluate effective, culturally-responsive care to improve individual and population-based health outcomes with intentional emphasis on urban environments.
9. Design strategies for life-long learning that incorporate professional nursing standards and accountability for practice.
DNP Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:
1. Integrate science-based theories and concepts with ethical principles in the development, delivery, and evaluation of practice approaches that improve outcomes and reflect the Christian principles of the philosophy of the School of Nursing.
2. Utilize knowledge of organizations and systems together with leadership skills to improve health outcomes and ensure patient safety.
3. Provide leadership for the translation of research into practice.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of information systems/technology resources to implement quality improvement initiatives and to support practice and administrative decision-making.
5. Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of health policy at various levels.
6. Employ leadership skills with interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes.
7. Engage in leadership to operationalize evidence-based clinical prevention and population health services for individuals, aggregates, and populations.
8. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based approaches to improve patient outcomes.
2022 Principles for Community Health Care Report
Read more about North Park University’s program development and community partnerships to increase accessibility to health care in the 2022 Principles for Community Health Care Report.