Western Governors Department of Nursing Mission
Improve quality; expand access to postsecondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn, independent of time or place, and to earn competency-‐based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employer.
The mission of the Department of Nursing is to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and the practice of nursing, primarily through a professionally supported, competency-‐based and personalized student-‐focused learning model that assists working adults achieve success in educational goals and a sustained professional commitment. The Department of Nursing is committed to the formation of confident, caring, and competent professional nurses prepared to meet emerging healthcare needs of diverse populations.
University Goals Congruent with Department of Nursing Goals
Western Governors University Goals
Western Governors Department of Nursing Goals
• Provision of competency-‐based programs • Adherence to a student-‐centric model • Use of technology to improve quality and
efficiency • Use of external learning resources, combined
with mentoring and progress management; • Adherence to an executive governance structure • Oversight by external Councils
• Competency-‐based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that allow nurses to demonstrate their professional knowledge and skills
• Broad access to education for nurses where they live and work
• Professional preparation for new nursing practice roles and additional education
WGU Department of Nursing Philosophy
We envision nursing as a caring interaction between the nurse, who is a member of an interdisciplinary team, and the patient who is a member of a family and community. This caring interaction occurs across the lifespan, from infancy through old age. Nurses identify and strengthen clients’ potential to move toward health and help clients shape their environment to promote well-‐being. We believe that healthcare begins in the community, prior to diagnosis of illness, by promoting health and wellness through advocacy, community assessment, and preventative care. Nurses use appropriate technologies and current evidence to develop their plans of care, whether in the community, the clinic, an acute care facility, or an extended care facility. Nurses assume leadership for clinical and ethical decision-‐making. We believe that the global nature of communities and healthcare delivery necessitates that nurses be able to engage with patients, families, and communities who have diverse ways of responding to their healthcare needs. We recognize that the definition of family has expanded to include a variety of different compositions and roles and is the fundamental vehicle for how clients are supported, interact with the world around them, access resources, and engage in healthcare. We recognize that students, particularly adult learners, have preferred learning styles, bring previous experience to the learning environment, and develop competency at different paces. Learners seek to make sense of new educational experiences in light of their past and existing knowledge and then apply their new findings to real situations. Therefore, nursing education should provide opportunities where students engage in real world application to demonstrate competency in cognitive knowledge, clinical reasoning, and ethical comportment.