Department Mission, Philosophy, Goals and Outcomes

The Department of Nursing embraces the mission and vision of Upper Iowa University by providing student-centered educational programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems in an environment where diversity is respected, encouraged and nurtured.  Upper Iowa University and the Department of Nursing will be recognized and respected as an exceptional and ascending institution of higher learning.

The Mission of the Department of Nursing

The mission of the Upper Iowa University Department of Nursing is to provide a collaborative learning experience which develops transformative nurse leaders and global citizens.

The Philosophy of the Department of Nursing

We believe:

  • nursing is both an art and a science
  • in the integration of nursing science and general education components to strengthen understanding of society as a whole
  • education is a collaborative partnership between students, faculty, support staff, and practice partners
  • faculty supports the learning needs of a diverse community of students
  • students and faculty actively engage in learning experiences to advance the practice of nursing
  • curriculum fosters and cultivates creativity, transformative learning, professional accountability and academic integrity
  • nursing faculty serve as role models who guide, mentor and develop leadership skills, cultural awareness, safe and ethical practice, and life-long learning

Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1.  Integrate theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice in a collaborative healthcare delivery environment.

  1. Outcome: Utilize health history and assessment to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care.
  2. Outcome: Apply the principles of pathology in managing safe and effective patient-centered care.
  3. Outcome:  Promote optimal health, healing and disease prevention through effective utilization of teaching and learning principles.
  4. Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to utilize research to advance nursing practice and improve patient outcomes.
  5. Outcome: Collaborate with members of the health care team to improve care processes leading to enhanced patient outcomes.

Goal 2. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork to improve outcomes in a variety of settings.

  1. Outcome: Utilize an understanding of health care organizations and the environment in which health care is provided to support quality health care delivery.
  2. Outcome: Demonstrate the professional skills and personal qualities that characterize effective nurse leaders and managers.
  3. Outcome: Investigate the multiple and varied roles of the nurse in issues of health care and nursing.
  4. Outcome:  Value different styles of communication used by patients, families, and health care providers.
  5. Outcome:  Recognize the unique and varied contributions of self and others in developing an effective health care team.

Goal 3.  Manage technology and resources to communicate, support and provide quality care across the health care continuum.

  1. Outcome:  Appreciate that information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care.
  2. Outcome:  Utilize technology to access information that supports decision making.
  3. Outcome:  Identify the application of technology and information management tools to coordinate and support the quality and safety of patient care.

Goal 4.  Develop practices of life-long learning through seeking knowledge and assimilating professional standards, ethical principles, and legal accountability in nursing practice.

  1. Outcome:  Demonstrate ethical principles, legal implications, and professional behaviors that guide nursing practice.
  2. Outcome:  Incorporate professional standards of practice while assuming personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
  3. Outcome:  Value the need for continuous improvement in clinical practice based on evolving knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the professional nurse.

We help you meet these goals through educational experiences in the classroom and in the clinical area that will help you learn, practice, and become proficient at the skills needed for leadership and for beginning graduate work.  We are committed to developing the nursing leader of today and tomorrow.  Upper Iowa University has been developing leaders in many fields since 1857…the nursing program continues that tradition!