Undergraduate Student Handbook

Philosophy of the Framingham State University Nursing Program


            Nursing is a science and an art that is developing its own body of knowledge. It builds upon, incorporates, synthesizes, and extends knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities. Nursing utilizes scientific knowledge to enable the person to progress towards higher-level wellness through goal-directed, health-related activities. Nursing facilitates wellness through interaction.

            The faculty believes that the object of nursing is the person, viewed holistically. Nursing focuses on the person as a physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental being who progresses through the life cycle as a unified whole within the environment. The person, as a recipient of nursing care, may be an individual, family, group, or community. The person has the right and ability to make choices, is responsible and accountable for decision making, and has potential for high-level wellness. Each person's current or potential state of health can be described in relation to a location on the wellness-illness continuum, ranging from high-level wellness to states of illness/premature death. The faculty believes that the goal of nursing is to promote the person's movement along the wellness-illness continuum toward high-level wellness.

            The faculty believes that the person's state of health is dynamic and is influenced by the environment. The environment, a composition of those elements external to the person, comprises an integrated system with the person. The environment and the person share a mutual simultaneous energy exchange that results in the person's state of health.

            Nursing, a caring profession, is evidence-based practice related to concepts of prevention based on knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Nursing is both comprehensive and individualized based on the person's socioeconomic status, life style, gender, culture, and personal values and beliefs. The nurse facilitates movement towards high-level wellness through the concepts of health promotion and prevention.

Nurses formulate decisions based on nursing judgments and the nursing process that is a scientific and deliberate method of providing care. Nursing occurs through interaction with persons and with the environment through the application of the nursing process. Nurses produce or facilitate change within the person and/or the environment to promote wellness.


            The mission of Framingham State University is to offer accessible, affordable, relevant, and rigorous academic programs of educational excellence to a diverse, multicultural student body. Emphasis is placed on teaching and lifelong learning, and intellectual, social, and ethical development is fostered. Higher education offers a uniquely effective opportunity to be the catalyst for change to improve individual lives and social structures. The faculty of the Nursing Department concurs with this philosophy.

            The faculty believes that education is a dynamic ongoing process that promotes the development of the student in his or her intellectual, social, and ethical development. The curriculum is based on the philosophy that the baccalaureate and graduate levels of education provide the foundation for life-long learning. In addition, at the graduate level, nurses synthesize practice with theory and research to provide leadership in practice, academic, and service agencies, professional organizations, communities, and the profession as a whole.


            The faculty believes that the professional nurse is prepared at the baccalaureate level. Upper Division baccalaureate nursing education provides opportunities for the integration of professional education with the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities, leading to self-fulfillment and professional development.

            Nursing education is based on nursing theory, other related theories and the scientific process as it applies to nursing, and is organized around prevention. Professional nurses understand and meet the person's physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental needs to promote wellness.

            Evidence-based teaching provides learning experiences designed to achieve sequence, continuity, synthesis of knowledge, values, and skills as outlined by the educational objectives. The teaching and learning processes.

involve the faculty and students in selecting learning experiences, evaluating student progress, and appraising instructional methods. Faculty members create the educational climate that encourages intellectual inquiry, critical thinking,  creativity, and the achievement of the Nurse of the Future (NOF) competencies. The ultimate responsibility for learning belongs to the students.

            Nursing education is sensitive to influences that are inherent in changes within society, and is responsive to the educational needs of the practitioner of nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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