Nursing Faculty Philosophy & Core Values

The faculty of the Wellstar School of Nursing (WSON) believe that nursing, as an art and science, is committed to fulfilling an essential social responsibility to foster the health and well-being of patients, families and communities. The WSON philosophy, based on the values of caring, collaboration, advocacy, patient/family centered care and social justice, frames the faculty’s approach to education, service, scholarship and practice.

In congruence with Kennesaw State University’s mission statement, the faculty believe that learning is an active, dynamic, and life-long process.  Nursing education is learner centered*, grounded in mutual respect and shared responsibility that fosters individual and professional growth.  WSON is committed to providing professional mobility for all levels of nursing through innovative and creative instructional modalities and strategies.

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WSON Core Values

The faculty in collaboration with students share the following core values:

    • Professional voice for patients, nursing, families and communities
    • The essence and central focus of nursing is what makes persons, their environments, and interpersonal concerns meaningful
    • Philosophical, interpersonal and technical components that interface to facilitate positive human interactions and environments
    • Working together in mutual respect to facilitate intra-professional and inter-professional actions for the benefit of the patients, families and communities.
    • The nurse is in a unique position to assume the role of leader
    • Respecting and incorporating the wishes, beliefs and values of the patient and family into holistic care
    • Recognizing and providing nursing care to diverse patients, families, and communities with equality, respect, and dignity

    *”Learner centered teaching and learning combine a focus on a.) individual learners, taking into account their experience, perspectives, backgrounds, talents, interests, capacities, and needs and b.) the best available knowledge about learning and how it occurs” (Smith, Carpenter, & Fitzpatrick, 2015, p. 209)