Program 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 nurisng. 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.


Program Outcomes

The successful completion of the Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), the graduate will have the following competencies:

  1. Demonstrates competent practice, and evidence-based care from the foundations of biological, physical, social, and nursing sciences in caring for individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Demonstrates competence in critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in the practice of nursing.
  3. Applies the nursing process & provides care to individuals, families, and communities as full partners across the life span from diverse psychosocial and cultural backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrates competence in the application of nursing interventions that aim to promote, maintain or restore health.
  5. Applies knowledge of healthcare policies to support the nursing process.
  6. Utilizes various forms of communication, including oral, written, and technological applications for disseminating accurate patient information and plans of care; in order to maximize safety and optimize health outcomes.
  7. Demonstrates leadership as a professional nurse and collaborate in clinical practice within a multidisciplinary team to monitor outcomes, improve patient care, and promote comprehensive and safe delivery of healthcare.
  8. Exhibits safe, competent, ethical, culturally and spiritually appropriate care.
  9. Applies evidence as bases for practice and support, facilitate and participate in research.
  10. Participates fully in processes to monitor outcomes and improve patient care.
  11. Assumes the responsibility for knowledge acquisition of nursing science, excellence in clinical practice, nursing professional code of conduct and nursing values which serves as the basis for lifelong learning and professional development.

To find out more about our programs, see the Bulletin of Courses