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Winter 2009

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Windsor baccalaureate nursing programs, in collaboration with its partners, St. Clair College and Lambton College, is to prepare graduates who will practice in partnership with clients, families, communities, groups, and service providers to facilitate the promotion, achievement, and maintenance of optimal levels of health.

The scope of the program includes teaching scientifically-based nursing practice using theory, clinical skills, and research findings in the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. In recognition of the evolving nature of the global community and changing health care systems, critical thinking and creative problem solving are emphasized through the use of professional skills such as: communication, caring, problem solving, decision making, teaching, learning, management, and change.

Students have opportunities to provide leadership within nursing while practicing in a variety of Canadian and international health care facilities and community settings, both traditional and non-traditional. The Faculty fosters personal and professional development and ethical accountability, preparing nurses for changing and expanding roles.


The philosophy of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Windsor is outlined in the following statements about our beliefs relative to health, individuals, nursing, learning, teaching, and environments:


Health is a dynamic process whereby the individual, family, or group is able to realize aspirations, satisfy needs, and change or cope with the environment. Health is a resource for everyday life. It is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capacity. Health is the goal of all nursing behaviours.


Individuals are unique holistic persons with inherent dignity and are worthy of respect and care. Individuals have freedom of choice and are accountable for these choices. Individuals are capable of entering reciprocal caring relationships which foster health, growth, and self-actualization.


Nursing is a humanistic, caring process, the goal of which is to help individuals, families, groups, and communities achieve and maintain an optimal level of health consistent with their abilities and desires. Nurses, in collaboration with members of the health team and other service providers build on strengths and address health variations to facilitate client maturation and adaptation.


Learning is an individualized activity and involves learners' personal goals, perceptions and unique learning style. Learning is goal oriented and an active life-long process of change and development. Teaching is a facilitative process through which learners are guided and supported. It involves communication, clearly defined goals, appropriate learning activities and a climate conducive to growth. The curriculum is multi-disciplinary and aims to provide the learners with opportunities for intellectual and professional development.


Environments are milieus within which individuals, families, groups, and communities strive to achieve optimal health. As human beings attempt to mature and adapt within their environments, there are dynamic interactions which can serve as a source of growth. Environments encompass psycho-social, cultural, religious, political, economic, and physical contexts which impact upon the efforts of all.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduating students will be able to:

1. Implement behaviours to promote personal and professional self-development.

2. Integrate the ethical, legal, professional and regulatory parameters into Nursing practice.

3. Formulate clinical judgements that are based on critical inquiry and analytical reasoning.

4. Integrate nursing and multi-disciplinary knowledge into nursing practice.

5. Integrate research findings into clinical practice, education and management.

6. Implement the nursing process to promote, maintain and restore the health of individuals, families, groups and communities.

7. Use the teaching/learning process to promote the health of individuals, families, groups and communities.

8. Collaborate with clients, their families, communities, members of the health team and other organizations for the promotion, achievement and restoration of optimal health.

9. Integrate leadership and management roles into the delivery of health care.

10. Engage in activities to promote the development of the profession of nursing.