The philosophy of Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing is that each person is an individual with mutually contingent physiological, psychological, and spiritual needs. Individuals are diverse beings with varying amounts of potential. The faculty acknowledges the dignity and autonomy of the individual and the value of life and health. Individuals function in environments that are continuous and interactive.
The environment, which is composed of internal and external components, includes all of the conditions and elements that comprise the surroundings and influence the development and actions of individuals. The internal components are physical, emotional, social and spiritual in nature. The external components are life circumstances and societal impact as well as living and working conditions. Nurses address both internal and external components of the environment in the delivery of patient-centered care. Faculty and students in the School of Nursing pursue their personal and professional goals through teamwork and collaboration in an environment that values uniqueness, creativity, compassion and competence.
Education enables learners to reach their fullest potential. Participation in sequential and concurrent learning experiences achieves positive educational outcomes. Learning proceeds from the simple to the complex and involves problem solving, guided experiences, informatics and evaluation. Education equips learners to function effectively and to advocate for safe environments. General education courses form the foundation of the nursing program and serve to broaden the scope of the curriculum. Nursing education prepares the learner to assume increasing responsibility and commit to continued personal and professional growth. An emphasis on evidence-based practice forms the foundation for patient-centered quality improvement in the delivery and evaluation of care.
Nursing provides services that are essential to the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and well-being. The nursing process (assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation) is the methodology of professional nursing. The school of nursing promotes cognitive, affective and psychomotor achievement in the practice of nursing. The relevance of ethics and values and the importance of these in clinical judgments are instilled. Use of evidence-based practice, informatics, critical thinking and clinical judgment are fostered and refined. Faculty members serve as mentors and role models of nursing.
Health includes physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects in which individuals function effectively, congruent with culture and developmental stage. Nurses affect the health of individuals through the delivery of nursing care and through patient-centered health teaching. The school of nursing facilitates student, faculty and staff involvement in health, educational, and social services to the community.
The faculty assumes responsibility for the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s curriculum and services. The faculty advocates a commitment to the nursing profession through continuing education, quality improvement, educational mobility, and community involvement.