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Department of Nursing

Mission & Philosophy

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is a four-year course of study and provides a broad background of liberal arts, sciences and general education as a minimum foundation for professional nursing. A graduate is prepared as a generalist practitioner in nursing and is qualified to take the licensure examination to become a registered nurse. Minot State University’s nursing program provides experiences in meeting human needs holistically along the health-illness continuum.

Mission Statement
The Minot State University Department of Nursing is an integral part of the parent institution and is dedicated to the pursuit of higher learning grounded in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The Department of Nursing shares the mission of Minot State University to advance knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and the vitality of community cultures. The mission of the institution is supported by beliefs, core values, and visions describing aspects of learning, teaching, campus life, research, and service. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to educate individuals for professional roles in nursing and for graduate education.

Department of Nursing Philosophy and Theoretical Constructs
The philosophy of the Department of Nursing faculty is anchored in the major constructs of the meta-paradigm of nursing. Those constructs are identified as person, environment, health and nursing.

The Nursing Department faculty recognizes people are unique, complex, and evolving. Persons interact with a changing environment to maintain life and achieve purposes as individuals and members of a society. The person within the context of nursing is identified as a client. A client may be further defined as an individual, family, a group and/or community. People are dynamic, complex, adaptive, and self determined in achieving a meaningful existence. People utilize their cognitive, affective, and psychomotor capacities to achieve self-actualization.

The environment is dynamic, complex, and multidimensional. The environment is further defined as the context, surroundings, settings, foci, or backgrounds within which individuals interact. Persons have a reciprocal relationship with ever changing internal and external environments. These environment systems interact in the ecological, socio-cultural, political, economic, spiritual, ethical and legal realms.

Health is defined as a condition of the life cycle that is dynamic, adaptive, responsive to both internal and external stimuli, and influenced by the behaviors of the person. Health refers to the person’s state of well-being at the time nursing occurs. Health is personal and can range from high-level wellness to terminal illness.

Nursing is defined as an application of scientific knowledge enhanced by artful practice in a socially responsible manner. Nurses provide leadership as members of interdisciplinary teams, provide client centered care to promote health, prevent disease, and restore and maintain client integrity throughout the life span.

Nursing education is viewed as a process designed to facilitate learning. Students and faculty are active and responsible participants in learning. Nursing education at the baccalaureate level integrates content from the arts and humanities and social and physical sciences. The key curricular components emphasized within the curriculum are derived from the Department of Nursing’s mission and philosophy and include professionalism, research, holistic health, and globalization. Certain content within all courses are integrated with the key curricular components.

Professionalism in nursing includes adherence to professional nursing practice and performance standards. Professional nursing practice provides client centered quality care through interdisciplinary and client collaboration, information technology and evidenced based practice in a variety of settings. The professional nurse possesses leadership and management skills, is capable of delegation and supervision of health care providers and may practice autonomously within the legal/ethical scope of practice of the licensing organization. As leaders and members of the multi disciplinary health care team, nurses think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competence in the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. The Department of Nursing prepares nurses with competencies in the use of technology in client care.

The professional nurse assumes a variety of roles including but not limited to provider of client centered care, educator, researcher, leader, manager, evaluator, advocate, and/or counselor. In providing services to society, nursing practice is based on knowledge from the discipline of nursing which requires ethical determinations, accountability and the creative use of therapeutic nursing interventions.

Research is a systematic inquiry that uses various approaches to answer questions and solve problems. Nursing research is a process that allows nurses to ask questions to gain knowledge for improving patient care. Nursing research provides the evidence for the profession to expand knowledge and guide nursing practice. Evidence based practice includes a critical review of research on a specific question combined with the nurse’s expertise and the client’s wishes. Technology assists the nurse to gather data from the client and family as well as from data banks with the latest developments in health care.

Holistic Health
Nursing supports a holistic view of diverse persons and requires its practitioners to have achieved a substantial knowledge base in the sciences, arts, and humanities. The caring, competent nurse uses self and presence, recognizing the importance of spirituality, diversity, community and social justice in the promotion of health through the life span. Communication of information is critical in educating people toward health and healing.

The baccalaureate nurse is prepared to practice professional nursing in a global society, with an awareness of diversity and varied cultures. As members of a global community of nurses, the faculty is dedicated to support the education and professional development of nurses working to improve the health of the world’s people. With a commitment to social justice, the Department of Nursing prepares nurses to confront the issues of people living in poverty and under served areas.

Theoretical Constructs
The Department of Nursing’s theoretical beliefs are eclectic in nature with key concepts drawn from the works of Florence Nightingale, Madeleine Leininger, and M. Jean Watson. Major theoretical constructs are as follows: Nightingale’s (1969) emphasis on environment to optimize health; Leininger’s (1978) advocating for cultural care; and Watson’s (1979) premise that caring is the soul of nursing. Faculty embraces these theoretical beliefs as important to nursing and baccalaureate education. [references]

Accreditation & Information
The Department of Nursing was granted full approval in March 2016 by the North Dakota Board of Nursing, with the next survey being in the Spring of 2021. In July 2014, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted continuing accreditation to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program with the condition that the program submit a Follow-up Report (addressing Standard 2 Faculty and Staff) in two years. If the Follow-up Report is accepted by the Board of Commissioners, the next evaluation visit will be scheduled for Spring 2022.

Minot State is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.