We shape the future of nursing through the power of education, discovery and collaboration.
VCU School of Nursing will be the destination for those committed to transforming health care.
Aligned with the core values expressed in the VCU Quest for Distinction and the VCU Code of Ethics, we provide services that benefit the profession and promote the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families and communities, as outlined in the VCU School of Nursing Diversity Plan.
Philosophy of nursing
As both art and science, nursing is oriented to the provision of care that promotes the well-being of the people it serves. Nurses intervene to strengthen human responses to internal and external stressors in order to restore, maintain and/or promote the optimal state of health or facilitate a peaceful death. The faculty subscribe to the core values of caring, integrity, diversity and excellence. We hold as essential values personal and professional integrity and respect for all persons. We treasure innovation and creativity while engaging students within a climate that fosters continuous learning, interdisciplinary collaboration and professional accountability.
Guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Nursing Education (2008, 2011), the faculty prepare students to practice and lead in a rapidly evolving health care environment. This philosophy is congruent with the mission of the university and its commitment to provide a stimulating environment for teaching, learning, research and service. It is also consistent with the fundamental beliefs about nursing and nursing’s contract with society as described by the American Nurses Association (ANA, 2010).