Mission and Philosophy

Mission
The faculty of the Trinitas School of Nursing, in keeping with the mission of Trinitas Health, is committed to providing a high-quality nursing education program to a diverse population representative of the community it serves.

Philosophy
The faculty of the Trinitas School of Nursing, in keeping with the mission of Trinitas Health, is committed to providing a high-quality nursing education program to a diverse population representative of the community it serves. The School is a part of this community and the faculty believes that it has a responsibility to be aware of and responsive to the health needs of its members. The Faculty and students interact with members of the community to assist them in meeting identified health needs.

Recognizing the challenges that result from continual changes in the structure and delivery of healthcare; the varying complexities of health conditions; the variety of healthcare settings; and the explosion of health information and technology, the School is fortified by a culture of integrity and excellence in its commitment to educate students who will be prepared to face these challenges with a spirit of fairness, justice, community service, social responsibility for others, and the courage to be innovative.

The Faculty believes that human beings are complex, rational, spiritual beings. Inherent in the human condition is one’s right to dignity and value in every stage and condition of life. Human beings have created complex social systems in which they interact with each other to protect, nurture and educate their members. Human beings exist, with varying degrees of independence, in many contexts as members of families, communities and society. Individuals are capable of using their intellects to take deliberate actions directed toward maintaining life, health and wellbeing of self, society and their environment. Human beings are accountable for their actions.

Health is a dynamic state that is influenced by an individual’s reciprocal interaction with the environment. Individuals possess their own personal cultural definition of health that may differ from the beliefs of the people with whom they come in contact. Further, it is the Faculty’s belief that access to health care is a basic right of all individuals.

Nursing is an art and a science characterized by interpersonal, therapeutic and evaluative processes. It is based on a body of nursing knowledge and research and makes use of the natural and behavioral sciences. An essential element of nursing practice is caring. Nursing’s goal is to collaborate with the client and family, assisting them in the acquisition of knowledge and abilities necessary to achieve the highest possible level of health.

Using critical thinking and clinical judgment the nurse assesses, analyzes, diagnoses and treats commonly occurring human responses to actual and potential health problems, providing a holistic response to the complex health needs of human beings. The nurse engages in collaborative relationships with members of the healthcare team in order to provide the range of professional nursing services that the client, family and groups may require. The nurse respects and interacts with a diverse population in a variety of settings within the community.

Teaching/learning is an interactional lifelong process. During the learning process, students integrate new and previously held knowledge and beliefs to form insights and ideas that empower them to think critically and make clinical decisions that are appropriate to the situation. Reflecting the belief that students learn differently, the faculty guides the student to utilize a variety of learning strategies and resources to facilitate the student’s learning. Learning is a self-directed activity with faculty members functioning as facilitators joining with the students in the reciprocal learning process.

Students come to the School of Nursing with diverse backgrounds and differing strengths and experiences. The School recognizes this diversity and therefore, provides opportunities to the qualified student to navigate the educational environment in order to maximize their individual potential well beyond their entry-level program. It is the responsibility of the School to provide an environment in which the student may successfully acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a safe and effective entry level registered nurse.

The graduate of the School is prepared to assume the role of a safe, caring, ethical beginning graduate nurse with varying amounts of supervision. The graduate is capable of practicing within a variety of settings. It is the responsibility of the graduate to continue the learning process in order to maintain competency or to advance to another level of practice. Graduates are responsible for being aware of and responsive to population-focused health care as well as making meaningful contributions to the profession of nursing and society.