We believe in excellence in the generation and transmission of nursing knowledge through a teaching learning process that is the responsibility of both faculty and students. This process is enhanced by recognizing and responding to the unique learning needs of a diverse student population in an environment that facilitates and encourages critical thinking and a spirit of scientific inquiry. We believe that the teaching/learning process in such an environment fosters the development of professional skills necessary for the implementation of therapeutic nursing interventions through the utilization of critical thinking, and effective communication. Additionally, we believe that this type of environment encourages self-awareness and opportunities for personal and professional growth through communication and reflection.
Our education of students is predicated on the American Nurses Association Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. The faculty utilizes the relationship among humans, environment, health and nursing as a conceptual framework, which along with their beliefs about nursing education, guide the curricula of the college.
We support the tenet that human beings are the focus of nursing care and interventions and are therefore entitled to comprehensive treatment with dignity and respect regardless of economic, ethnic, religions, or social position or belief. Humans are characterized by their complexity, creativity, adaptability, and diversity. Populations served by nursing are demographically dynamic and will be composed of increasing numbers of more diverse members.
Environment is the aggregate of people, things, conditions, and other influences which impact human existence and development. The faculty view human development as a dynamic interactive process of genetic disposition in concert with the environmental influences specific to each individual. We believe that the health of human beings cannot be understood apart from their environment. Therefore, a goal for nursing is to modify environmental factors in order to promote, maintain, and restore health.
Health emerges from the interaction of person and environment as a series of continuous changes ranging from illness to well-being. Nursing practice is concerned with the actual or potential health of individuals, families, groups or communities as defined mutually with them. The ultimate goal of nursing intervention is to promote and enhance wellness in order to provide each individual the opportunity to realize their maximum potential.
Nursing is a caring practice comprised of both an art and a learned scientific discipline guided by sound theoretical and factual bases. Professional nurses practice according to a code of ethics, standards of care, and professional guidelines. The faculty define nursing holistically as the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems or needs of individuals, groups, families, and communities. Nursing's major responsibility is the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective, accessible health care services to promote health, prevent disease, and treat illness across the lifespan. Nursing interacts with other health care professions to create optimal climates for healing and wellness. Nursing is a component of a changing health care system which is influenced by economic forces, technological advances, scientific discoveries, and the public voice.
College of Nursing
1200 Volunteer Blvd,
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-4151
Fax: (865) 974-3569