conceptual frameworkMission Statement of the School of Nursing

As an integral component of The College of St. Scholastica, the School of Nursing embraces the Benedictine values of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and love of learning.  In a tradition of academic excellence, we are committed to educating baccalaureate and graduate nurse leaders who are prepared to care for others in a manner that honors and respects the unity of body, mind and spirit.  Through caring for one another and ourselves in a holistic way, we develop a deep level of compassion which allows us to respond to others in a manner that promotes the healing of individuals, families, communities, and our world.

Philosophy of the School of Nursing

Nursing is fundamentally a holistic endeavor on which the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual welfare of persons depends. It is the enactment of nurses' moral imperative to care for persons in health and illness at the most significant, vulnerable, and mundane moments of their lives, including birth and death. A person's experience of health and illness is inseparable from the nurse's intention, presence, and action at these moments.

 Nursing does its healing work in a relational environment of connection, compassion, caring, creativity, and critical intention. The profession is informed not only by the liberal arts and sciences, technology, and integrative therapies, but also by the knowledge that relationships can be healing in and of themselves.

 First and foremost, in its healing relationships with individuals, families, colleagues, communities, and populations, nursing respects and upholds the inherent dignity and worth of all creation. The least among us have been created by God and have infinite, if unrecognized, capacities for change and healing, balance and harmony. Nursing works in committed partnership with those it serves to use its specialized knowledge of health and illness to actualize those capacities.