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The mission of the Westfield State University Nursing Program is to prepare nursing graduates who are skilled in promoting or maintaining health by delivering skilled, compassionate, client-centered care to individuals, families and communities utilizing cultural and ethical understanding and demonstrating leadership and life-long inquiry. In keeping with this mission, the Department of Nursing will offer an accredited baccalaureate program within the context of a scientific foundation and breadth of a liberal education leading to a professional nursing degree. Excellence in teaching, productive scholarship, and contributions to the nursing profession and the community will be evidenced.
The Department will prepare graduates as generalists in nursing who can assume a broad spectrum of nursing roles in the health field. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible to write the NCLEX examination for licensure as a registered nurse.
The Department will establish a foundation for graduate study in nursing and patterns that can serve as a model for lifelong, self-directed learning. In doing so, it is expected that students will appreciate nursing's past, recognize its present place in health care, and formulate judgments about its role in meeting health needs in the future. The mission of the nursing program will be fulfilled by:
The goals for the Westfield State University Nursing Program are to assist its students to: