Preparing highly qualified nurse leaders to serve multicultural populations.
The BSN program mission is to advance the health of multicultural families and communities in rural environments through excellence in nursing education, service, practice and community based research.
The Heritage University Department of Nursing embraces the three key values of the University: “Honoring each person’s human dignity and potential; seeking intellectual growth and challenges; and celebrating the shared spiritual roots of all humankind.” The Nursing Department also endorses the core values of caring, connectivism, autonomy, integrity, and social justice.
Nursing Department Goals and Outcomes
||INQUIRY: WE CULTIVATE A VIBRANT ENVIRONMENT OF INQUIRY WHERE OUR COMMUNITY OF NURSE-SCHOLAR STUDENTS AND FACULTY THRIVE.
- We create and maintain a support a learner-centered culture.
- We procure and care for our resources.
- We recruit and retain a student body capable of withstanding the academic rigors of the BSN program, and promote progression toward the BSN
- We recruit and retain outstanding staff and faculty
- We define student and faculty success and create measurable goals to attain it.
- We provide faculty access to professional development.
- We promote positive interactions among faculty, students and staff to increase engagement and success.
- We use best practices in technology to optimize strategies for instruction.
- We engage in a university ethos of liberal education to nurture understanding of the human response.
- We promote active service to the University through participation on Committees and Dept. of Nursing projects, and other activities.
||EQUITY: WE PREPARE AN EFFECTIVE MULTICULTURAL NURSING WORKFORCE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE DIVERSE POPULATIONS IN WHICH WE EXIST.
- We recruit, retain and graduate students reflective of our diverse communities.
- We seek and hire faculty and staff who resonate with the diverse backgrounds of our students.
- We ensure equitable access to robust learning resources, excellent teachers, and leading-edge clinical learning opportunities.
- We foster a diverse and inclusive learning ethos, where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, experience, talents, capabilities, and ways of living are welcomed and leveraged for understanding the human response.
||FAMILY & COMMUNITY: WE FORM COLLABORATIONS WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND RESILIENCE IN FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY.
- We are deliberate in integrating family and community knowledge in the curriculum.
- We support nursing practice inquiry with emphasis on advancing family and community health and healing.
- We participate with the community to discover and take action to reduce health inequities and improve health outcome.
- We seek community- and family-focused clinical practice experiences.
- We respect the traditions, laws, history of the Yakama people, on whose land we reside; and we demonstrate gratitude by being thoughtful in our partnerships and our use of resources.
- We honor and care for the families and community that raise and continue to nurture our faculty, students and staff.
||EDUCATION: WE PREPARE PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) NURSES FOR SAFE AND EFFECTIVE NURSING PRACTICE AND FOR LIFELONG DEVELOPMENT.
- We prepare BSN students who are able to obtain Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.
- We nurture a strong Heritage Nursing identity by socializing students to the unique value and learning outcomes in the BSN program.
- We engage our students and faculty in collaborative, inter-professional education (IPE) with students and faculty from other health professions.
- We provide our students with a strong foundation for graduate education.
- Our faculty maintain currency in professional clinical development to better serve our students.
- We maintain academic excellence with student input and evaluation.
BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes
The BSN Program is consistent with the rich tradition of liberal arts and sciences at Heritage University. While unique to Heritage University, the BSN Program Outcomes are aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008). The Heritage baccalaureate nursing degree will prepare the graduate to function competently as:
1. Provider of Care
- The Heritage professional nurse is prepared to provide leadership and assume accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of safe, holistic nursing care.
- The Heritage professional nurse plans, implements, and evaluates nursing interventions from an ecological perspective for the individual family and community as the units of care.
- The Heritage professional nurse practices the art of nursing by integrating aesthetic knowing in nursing care.
- The Heritage professional nurse approaches nursing with a spirit of inquiry for application of nursing theories that explain and predict the outcomes of care.
- The Heritage professional nurse explains how knowledge of the physical world and scientific methodology contribute to understanding the complexity of nursing care in the treatment of human response.
- The Heritage professional nurse explains how nursing's fundamental patterns of knowing -- ethical, aesthetic, personal, empirical and emancipatory -- contribute to understanding the complexity of nursing care in the treatment of human response.
3. Leader and Collaborator
- The Heritage professional nurse utilizes effective written and oral communication and professional behaviors to foster shared decision-making and accountability among team members to optimize outcomes of care.
- The Heritage professional nurse integrates technological and mathematical knowledge to create a culture of quality and safety to prevent systems errors.
4. Member of the Profession
- The Heritage professional nurse embodies professional values and responsibilities defined by the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice (ANA, 2015), Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2015), Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession (ANA, 2010).
- The Heritage professional nurse assumes accountability for maintaining professional practice through self-reflection; and demonstrates continuous professional engagement and lifelong learning.
- The Heritage professional nurse demonstrates courage and resilience from practicing self-care as requisite for creating a culture of safe and effective nursing care.
- The Heritage professional nurse participates in the policy processes impacting the health of individuals, families, communities and populations.
- The Heritage professional nurse works to increase access to care, especially for vulnerable populations and to overcome social determinants of health inequities.
- The Heritage professional nurse works to overcome barriers to the provision of culturally inclusive nursing care.
- The Heritage professional nurse expresses passion for sustainability and justice.