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.
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 self and others in health and illness at life’s most significant and vulnerable moments, from birth to death. At these moments, a person’s experience of health and illness is inseparable from the nurse’s intention, presence, and skilled action.
The meaningful work of nursing is accomplished in a relational environment of connection, compassion, caring, creativity and critical intention. The profession is informed not only by evidence from discipline-specific knowledge and intuition but also the liberal arts and sciences, technology, integrative therapies and the healing power of the therapeutic relationship.
In its healing relationships with individuals, families, colleagues, communities, and populations, nursing first and foremost respects and upholds the inherent dignity and worth of all persons. The least among us have been created by God and have an infinite capacity for healing, change, growth, and development. Nursing works in committed partnership with those it serves to use its specialized knowledge of health and illness to actualize that capacity, to reduce health disparities and to integrate principles of social justice into practice. Nursing’s commitment to the dignity and uniqueness of all persons is supported by commitments to self-care and to the integrity of the profession.