Nursing Program Objectives

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Educational Objectives of Program

Upon completion of the Pfeiffer University baccalaureate program in nursing, you will have the ability to:

  • Integrate evidence-based knowledge from nursing, theories and concepts from liberal education, including the humanities and behavioral, mathematical, natural and physical sciences into the practice of professional nursing.
  • Incorporate critical thinking skills in autonomous decision-making and effective therapeutic communication in the application of the nursing process with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Practice professional nursing competently in the roles of advocate, clinician, coordinator/collaborator, educator, leader, and consumer of research in a variety of health care settings to promote quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Facilitate therapeutic, caring, and interprofessional collaborative relationships with clients and members of interdisciplinary health teams using written and emerging technology communication strategies.
  • Integrate knowledge of leadership/management/administrative and information technology skills and health care policies in providing direct and indirect care to clients. 
  • Provide comprehensive, culturally competent client-centered care to promote, restore, and maintain the maximum health potential of individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan while promoting health care literacy.
  • Assume accountability and responsibility for personal and professional growth through commitment to participation in servant leader activities, continuous self-evaluation, and lifelong learning.
  • Incorporate professional values, professional standards, and ethical, moral, and legal aspects of health care into nursing practice to promote advocacy, collaboration, and social justice.
  • Incorporate knowledge and transformational leadership skills related to system management into personal responsiveness to the health care needs of the Piedmont region, the state, the nation, and the global society.
  • Integrate caring principles and concepts into the holistic nursing care of clients and families, groups, and communities across the lifespan.


Pfeiffer University’s nursing program functions within the framework of the purposes and values consistent with the mission and philosophy of the institution. A United Methodist-related university with multiple campuses and delivery systems, Pfeiffer University is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.

Within nurturing communities of learners, Pfeiffer values diversity and promotes the attainment of full academic and personal potential through accessible undergraduate and graduate programs. It is the vision of the university that our students embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity and service.

The educational philosophy of the department of nursing incorporates six Christian caring principles that include compassion, competence, confidence, conscience, commitment and comportment within nursing education and nursing practice (M. Simone Roach, RN, Ph.D., CSM). The faculty believes that education is a life-long process of reflection, intellectual challenge and practice.

Learning involves a change in attitudes, values and behavior brought about by critical thinking, knowledge and experiences. Learning is most likely to occur where learners are self-motivated, self-directed and active participants who accept responsibility for learning. It is best achieved in an educational environment that fosters creativity, encourages intellectual inquiry and recognizes each learner’s unique strengths and weaknesses.

A Message from Department Chair Dr. Dianne Daniels

“Welcome to the department of nursing at Pfeiffer University. Since its inception in 2009, the bachelor of science in nursing program has grown both in size and excellence to become the place for you to become a nurse who makes a difference.

Accreditation in 2013 from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the premier national accreditation agency for baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing demonstrates our department's drive for academic and professional excellence.

I look forward to working with you achieve your educational and professional nursing goals.”

Dr. Dianne Daniels, chair and associate professor, department of nursing


Dr. Martha Bramlett
Associate Professor of Nursing
Chair, Nursing Department
Misenheimer Campus
(704) 463-3006

Dr. Rachel Cozort
Associate Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer Campus
(704) 463-3035 

Mrs. Caitlin Lofton
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer Campus 
(704) 463-3365  

Dr. Dana Martin
Associate Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer Campus 
(704) 463-3069

Dr. Susan Furr
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer Campus 
(704) 463-3023

Dr. Pamela Courville
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer Campus 
(704) 463-3102

Mrs. Kristy Schmaldisnt
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Misenheimer Campus 
(704) 463-3120