Citadel nurses follow Swanson’s Theory of Caring. Caring is a central nursing phenomenon but not necessarily unique to nursing practice. Swanson defines caring as a nurturing way of relating to a valued other toward whom one feels a personal sense of commitment and responsibility. There are five caring processes within the Theory:
- Knowing: striving to understand an event as it has meaning in the life of the other; avoiding assumptions; centering on the one cared for; assessing thoroughly; seeking cues; engaging the self.
- Being With: being emotionally present to the other; being there; conveying ability; sharing feelings; not burdening.
- Doing For: doing for the other as he or she would do for self if it were possible; comforting; anticipating; performing skillfully; protecting; preserving dignity.
- Enabling: facilitate the others passage through life transitions and unfamiliar events; informing/explaining; supporting/allowing; focusing; generating alternatives; validating/giving feedback.
- Maintaining Belief: Sustaining faith in the other’s capacity to get through an event or transition and face a future with meaning; believing in/holding in esteem; maintaining a hope-filled attitude; offering realistic optimism; going the distance.
The mission of the Nursing Program is to educate and develop our students to become principled leaders in the healthcare environment and profession of nursing by incorporating The Citadels core values of honor, duty and respect into the learning experience.
The art of nursing is expressed through a curriculum focused on caring and healing in an individual and family-centered approach. The Citadel nurse acknowledges the mind-spirit-body triad and works to promote healthy life styles and wellness. The Citadel nurse has a moral contract with the community to improve health through the application of The Citadel and American Nurses Association Codes of Ethics.
The science of nursing instills critical and creative thinking that allows the student to apply abstract concepts to concrete situations using methodological skills and current evidence. The Citadel nurse uses academic knowledge and applies it to the care of others in a disciplined approach through accepted standards of professional practice. H/she provides safe and quality care as a contributing member of the interprofessional team by managing knowledge and information that meets the unique needs of his/her patients and their families.
To educate nurses who are prepared to be leaders in the healthcare environment.
Honor: The commitment to honor is a life-long obligation to moral and ethical behavior. Citadel nurses uphold the long standing tradition of being recognized as the most trusted profession through advocacy for individuals and families as well as the health of communities.
Duty: Duty is a call to serve others before self. Citadel nurses will recognize the responsibility of being a leader within the interprofessional healthcare team and promoting holistic health, healing and caring practices to individuals, families and communities.
Respect: Respect means to treat other people with dignity and worth. Citadel nurses will provide quality and safe care to all people without regard to rank, position, age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or physical attributes. Citadel nurses will assume a leadership role in promoting a positive image of the profession.
Purpose and Objectives of the Program
The purpose of The Citadel nursing program is to prepare nurses at the baccalaureate level to assume leadership roles within the healthcare team, providing for quality and safe practice in a complex health care environment. Specifically, students will:
- Apply the principles of a liberal education to the practice of nursing by incorporating scientific evidence and using creative and critical thinking skills for the safe and effective care of individuals, families and communities.
- Demonstrate individual/family centered care in the practice of nursing by understanding the importance of eliciting individual values, preferences and needs as part of the overall assessment process and creating a plan of care that addresses the unique needs of the individual.
- Provide a complete biopsychosocial assessment of their patients and facilitate the care of their patients through a complex healthcare system.
- Communicate effectively with individuals, families and other members of the healthcare team to promote safe care and a safe work environment.
- Understand and apply health promotion and disease prevention to individuals, families, communities and the global world throughout the health continuum.
- Understand the role of the professional nurse relative to health finance and regulatory policies and its impact on measureable health outcomes.
- Demonstrate professional values of human dignity, integrity, social justices, altruism and autonomy within legal and ethical boundaries which will maximize patient safety and optimize quality care.
The curriculum follows guidelines developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in The Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education and incorporates competencies from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative.