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About the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing at Clayton State University has provided quality nursing education since 1969 and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. 

Our commitment to diversity is evidenced by a long history of Nursing Workforce Diversity grants and study abroad programs to Haiti and Guadalajara, as well as a new partnership with Daejeon Health Sciences University in Korea.

The School is part of CSU’s College of Health and has strong relationships with hospitals in the Atlanta area.  Our academic programs include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), RN Completion program (RN-BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Consistent with the mission statement of Clayton State University, the School of Nursing is committed to providing comprehensive nursing education to residents from a diverse range of ethnic, socioeconomic, experiential, and geographical backgrounds. The following essential considerations inform and guide the programs offered by the School of Nursing:

  • increasingly complex global context of contemporary life;
  • promoting community-based, active, experiential learning;
  • continuous education for teaching, scholarship, and growth;
  • promoting health and human development of the global community in transition;
  • providing high quality educational services and innovative teaching strategies for the development of competent, caring, and committed professional nurses;
  • developing programs which incorporate innovative health care and educational technologies;
  • maintaining standards of professional nursing practice that recognize and value the social, economic, ethnic and cultural diversity of individuals as central to the promotion of health and human development.
  • promoting collaborative, interdisciplinary practices models.

It is the faculty’s mission to use those resources which will promote lifelong learning and enhance the acquisition of skill in modern technology. Mastery of critical thinking skills, comprehensive care, theory-based practice, research, and communication is successfully accomplished by integrating theory, clinical practice, and advanced technologies. The curriculum facilitates the transition of students into professional nursing roles in a multifaceted, multicultural health care environment.

We believe that nursing is a dynamic, challenging profession that requires a synthesis of critical thinking skills, theory, and evidence-based practice to provide care for individuals, families, and communities experiencing a variety of developmental and health-illness transitions. Caring, which is at the heart of the nursing profession, involves the development of a committed, nurturing relationship, characterized by attentiveness to others and respect for their dignity, values, and culture. We believe in understanding differences and fostering a culture of ethical treatment of individuals and social inclusiveness in the greater community. We believe that nursing practice must reflect an understanding of and respect for each individual and for human diversity.

Transitions involve a process of movement and change in fundamental life patterns, which are manifested in all individuals. Transitions cause changes in identities, roles, relationships, abilities, and patterns of behavior. Outcomes of transitional experiences are influenced by environmental factors interacting with the individual's perceptions, resources, and state of well-being. Negotiating successful transitions depends on the development of an effective relationship between the nurse and client. This relationship is a highly reciprocal process that affects both the client and nurse.

Developmental transitions represent maturational processes that progress from birth to death. Health-illness transitions are those biopsychosocial and spiritual changes that influence an individual's interaction with and ability to adapt to the environment. Nursing therapeutics are actions designed to facilitate healthy adaptation and to prevent unhealthy outcomes for clients experiencing these transitions. Professional nursing practice is based on critical thinking, mastery of knowledge and skill, integration of theories and research, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Ongoing professional development is necessary to maintain excellent nursing care, promote the nurse's growth, and continue the advancement of the nursing profession.

Nursing practice takes place within the context of an ever-changing environment, including organizations and communities undergoing transitions. Interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary to develop and implement comprehensive plans of care to improve outcomes among individuals, families, and communities. Nursing requires effective communication skills for interacting with diverse populations and with their colleagues in nursing and other disciplines. Nurses must continually expand their expertise in the use of technology to manage and process information to support their practice.

We believe baccalaureate education in nursing is the basis for professional practice as a nurse generalist, and it should be accessible to individuals with diverse sociocultural, experiential, and academic backgrounds. Baccalaureate nursing education involves the synthesis of knowledge from the discipline of nursing, the humanities, social, behavioral, and natural sciences. Nursing education is a collaborative process between the teacher and learner, with multiple and varied experiences appropriate to the learner's unique characteristics. The degree of active involvement in the learning process greatly influences the educational outcome. Assessment of learner progress toward the achievement of these outcomes is critically important to the teaching-learning process. The culmination of nursing education is the synthesis of critical thinking and communication skills to provide excellent nursing care and to foster ongoing professional development in order to facilitate healthy outcomes among individuals, families, and communities experiencing transitions.

We believe graduate education in nursing prepares a licensed nurse for advanced nursing practice and doctoral study. Advanced practice nurses embrace the roles of expert clinician, educator, administrator, consultant, and researcher. Learning at the graduate level is facilitated by an open collegial relationship between faculty and students that results in the development of a competent advanced practice nurse. The culmination of graduate nursing education is the synthesis of advanced skills in order to provide excellent nursing care and to foster ongoing professional development in order to promote nursing research, ethical decision-making reflecting an appreciation of human diversity in health and illness among individuals, families, and communities experiencing life transitions.

Reference: Schumacher, K.L., & Meleis, A.I. (1994). Transitions: A central concept in nursing. IMAGE: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 26(2), 119-127.

Revised by the Faculty Organization 12-10-12

  1. Demonstrate human caring as a key philosophical basis for the practice of nursing.
  2. Utilize effective communication skills to promote therapeutic nurse-client interactions and good collegial relationships.
  3. Engage in critical thinking by using creative problem solving and making appropriate inferences, based on evidence derived from clinical practice.
  4. Demonstrate client care that reflects the consideration of socioeconomic, political, legal, ethical and human diversity variables in the changing health care environment.
  5. Demonstrate competence in utilizing information technology resources to advance professional practice.
  6. Collaborate with health care providers from other disciplines to improve client outcomes.
  7. Utilize nursing therapeutics based on a synthesis of critical thinking strategies and a theoretical knowledge base in nursing to provide competent professional care and maximize healthy outcomes.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development as a life-long learner.
  9. Apply selected theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practice to nursing practice in diverse settings.
  1. Implement advanced practice roles as primary providers within the nursing profession and the health care system utilizing human caring as the foundation for nursing practice
  2. Develop and nurture collaborative and interdependent relationships by communicating with other health care professionals.
  3. Analyze personal and organizational decision making utilizing an understanding of how ethics and values influence health care delivery.
  4. Utilize nursing research for the promotion of high quality health care, and evidence based practice.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate cultural competence that reflects sensitivity to human diversity in a dynamic academic and health care environment.
  7. Develop comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address health promotion and disease prevention needs of diverse populations.
  8. Demonstrate competence in the primary care role and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective health care to clients, families and communities, and to foster the advancement of nursing practice.
  9. Utilize information technology to integrate innovations in patient care delivery within organizational systems and across all health-illness transitions.
  10. Integrates knowledge in health assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology into the role of the advanced practice nurse.

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