Philosophy At the heart of the Colleges philosophy is the belief that all

Philosophy at the heart of the colleges philosophy is

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Philosophy At the heart of the College's philosophy is the belief that all people share a common humanity. Each person must be regarded as having special biological, psycholog- ical, sociocultural and spiritual dimensions and possess- ing the inherent rights and responsibilities of freedom of choice and self-determination. Based on these beliefs, the College strives to grow as a caring community that sup- ports the development of the total individual. A vital interactive relationship exists between humankind and the environment. Environment affects each person's biological being and extends beyond physi- cal surroundings to encompass roles, relationships, and societal structures. Because all human beings influence and are influenced by their environment, all must assume the responsibility to protect the social and natural envi- ronments in which they shar e. Health is a dynamic state influenced by individual, environmental and hereditary factors. State of health, which significantly influences quality of life, is shaped by many factors, including an individual's decision-making and behaviors. Pursuit of wellness is the right and respon- sibility of each person. Nursing holds the potential to strengthen each human being pursuing optimal health and achieving a harmony of body, mind and spirit. Nursing is a profession that continues to evolve through research, theory, and practice. Professiona l nurs- ing , encompassing a range of therapeutic interventions aimed at promoting and restoring health, addresses actual and potential health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Nursing care is delivered in diverse settings in a systematic manner through use of the nursing process. In providing their professional services, practitioners of nursing manifest role dimensions that are collaborative and independent in nature. Because dynamic social forces influence the nature and scope of nursing prac- tice, critical thinking, effective communication, and caring are abilities required for professional nursing practice in changing environments. As a profession, nursing adheres to standards of practice and ethical codes as a means of ensuring quality care for all persons. The current Illinois Nursing Act serves as the legal basis for the practice of nursing in the State of Illinois. Mennonite College of Nursing is committed to culti- vating the personal and professional potential of each member of the College community. The faculty believe that learning as a life-long process is promoted when intellectual inquiry, creativity, self-awareness, self-direc- tion, maturity, and responsibility are valued. Learning is a process of developing human potential through the interaction of the individual with the environment. This interaction aims to achieve positive attitude changes, knowledge acquisition, and professional competence.
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  • Fall '15
  • TrevorBelcher
  • Academia, Academic degree, Bachelor's degree

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