Philosophy



The Department of Nursing (DON) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is committed to the university's broad mission of teaching and service, research excellence, and intellectual interaction and creativity included in the full range of programs offered through the DON.

The philosophy of the Department of Nursing is derived from a synthesis of beliefs and values shared by faculty, staff, students, alumni and clinical agencies, and community stakeholders concerning nursing, nursing education, nursing students and the university. This philosophy and purpose stems from the mission, vision, and core values of the department. The mission and vision speak to collaboration, innovation, and excellence. The core values are caring, excellence, integrity, knowledge, and respect. The mission, vision, and core values are holistic and express faculty beliefs about the relationship of person, health, environment, and nursing.

Professional nursing is both an art and a science, entrusted by society to provide services to promote, maintain and restore the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities from diverse backgrounds. Nursing is grounded in theory and research that directs and validates clinical practice decisions and actions and generates knowledge for practice. Nursing as a profession derives its authentic authority over nursing education, research, practice and service from a social and ethical contract with the public. This contract mandates that the profession act responsibly in promoting person-centered, safe, evidence-based collaborative care and utilizing informatics with a focus on quality improvement for public's health and well-being.

The faculty recognizes that student-centered learning is an interrelation of theory, practice and research. The DON faculty believes that baccalaureate nursing education builds on a liberal arts and natural science education, in order to prepare generalists to practice safe, ethical, and excellent nursing. Successful CSUSB baccalaureate nursing students are expected to learn, to lead, and to transform the community by fulfilling leadership roles and providing evidence-based nursing practice. Graduate nursing education builds upon the baccalaureate curriculum to prepare nursing students for advanced nursing roles by promoting the development of advanced knowledge, concepts and skills.