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Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Mission Statement

As a subsidiary of Virtua Health, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing is here for good. We believe in the capability and power of education to change lives. We are united in an enduring commitment to educate future generations of nurses who will create positive change in the communities, they will serve. Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing is an educational program dedicated to providing a learner-centered environment that develops competent, compassionate and knowledgeable professional nurses for entry into practice. We strive to provide the support, knowledge and critical skills to meet this goal.

We strive for excellence in providing evidence-based education for our students.

We commit to educating all populations of students to increase diversity in the nursing workforce.

We create learning opportunities through collaborative relationships that foster quality, safe, patient-centered care.

We promote life-long learning and professional development in our graduates.

We support student involvement in outreach endeavors to meet the healthcare needs of the surrounding communities.

Revised: 5/09/2020
Reviewed: 1/3/2005; 8/15/2008; 6/30/2009; 6/2010, 12/21/18

Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Philosophy

Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing provides an educational program that is based on Christian values, which advocate caring, social responsibility and service to all communities in need. The philosophy provides the foundation for the total program.

The dignity, diversity and well-being of every human life is valued.

Individuals are complex, biopsychosocial, cultural and spiritual human beings who have intrinsic value and unique needs. The School of Nursing recognizes that individuals exist within diverse communities and is committed to promoting an atmosphere that is supportive, caring, and responsive to the varied needs of students, colleagues, patients, families.

Health is defined by each individual and is influenced by their environment. The environment is inclusive of the physical, intellectual, emotional, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual aspect of the whole person. Health is a dynamic state that enables individuals to function at their maximum potential at any given time regardless of any limitations they may have.

Education is a dynamic, interactive and life-long learning process. Nursing education is built on a strong theoretical background in the arts and sciences. Learning takes place in an environment of mutual trust and respect in which the student is an active participant. A learner-centered approach provides a foundation for the acquisition of knowledge and motivation for continued learning. Faculty, students, and interdisciplinary healthcare providers collaborate to maximize learning in a variety of settings. The use of creative teaching strategies allows faculty to be responsive to various student learning needs. The integration of informatics in the curriculum facilitates learning and professional development and prepares graduates to deliver safe, quality nursing care in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Nursing is a professional discipline which values the acquisition and application of evidence-based knowledge and clinical reasoning to ensure quality and safe patient-centered care. Nurses empower patients to be well, get well, and stay well by communicating knowledge and respecting their right to make informed health care decisions. Nurses create collaborative and caring communities that promote health and wellness. Nurses strive for the highest level of ethical and professional conduct.


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Revised 5/09/2020
Reviewed: 1/2/2001; 8/15/2008; 6/30/2009; 6/2010, 12/21/18


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