CSB/SJU Department of Nursing

Mission Statement, Learning Outcomes, Philosophy


Mission and Learning Goals  (CSB and SJU Specific Missions)

Main Page

Nursing 379

Nursing Homepage

Catholic Traditions

Benedictine Values

ANA Standards of Nursing Practice

ANA Standards of Professional Performance

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education



The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education

Liberal Education

Professional Values

Core Competencies

Core Knowledge

Role Development


Liberal Education


Additional References:


Cronin, W. (1999). Qualities of the Liberally Educated Person. from http://www.aacu.org/issues/liberaleducation/cronon.cfm


Halter, J.M. & Polet, J. (2002). The place of Baccalaureate nursing programs in the liberal arts setting. Nursing Forum, 37(1), 21-29.


Professional Values


Concern for the welfare and well being of others.  The nurse demonstrates this via concern for the welfare of her/his patients, peers and other health care providers (Adapted from 1998 AACN Essentials, page 8).   


The right to self-determination.  The nurse demonstrates this by respecting patients’ rights to make decisions about their health care. (Adapted from 1998 AACN Essentials, page 8).  

 Human Dignity

Respect for the inherent worth and uniqueness of individuals and populations.  The human dignity of the nurses’ patients and colleagues is valued. (Adapted from 1998 AACN Essentials, page 9). 


Acting in accordance with an appropriate code of ethics and accepted standards of practice.  The nurse is honest and provides nursing care which is based on a professionally accepted ethical framework. (Adapted from 1998 AACN Essentials, page 9).  

Social Justice

Up holding moral, legal and humanistic principles.  The nurse works to assure equal treatment under the law and equal health care access for all her/his clients. (Adapted from 1998 AACN Essentials, page 9).  

Core Competencies

Critical Thinking



Technical Skills

Core Knowledge

Health Promotion

Health promotion is behaviors directed toward increasing the level of well-being and actualizing the health potential of individuals, families, communities, and society.

Risk Reduction

The identification, evaluation, correction and/or reduction of potential risks that could lead to injury and/or disease. (Modified from Mosby’s Health Dictionary – 5th Edition – 1998)

Disease Prevention

Activities designed to protect patients or other members of the public from actual or potential health threats and their harmful consequences.” (pg. 498 in Mosby’s Health Dictionary – 5th Edition – 1998)  

Illness and Disease Management

Illness and disease management maximize the quality of life and maintain optimal level of functioning throughout the course of illness, including end of life.  (Adapted from 1998 AACN Essentials, page 13).


Information and Health Care Technologies


Human Diversity

Global Health Care

Health Care Systems and Policy

Role Development

Provider of Care

Designer/Manager/Coordinator of Care

Member of a Profession




For the full Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Nursing Practice from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, orders can be placed at their web site or found in the department of nursing from faculty.