Philosophy

The nursing program will function within the framework of the purposes and values consistent with the mission and philosophy of Pfeiffer University. 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 and become servant leaders and lifelong learners. 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, R.N, Ph.D., C.S.M.). The faculty believes that education is a life-long process of reflection, intellectual challenge, and practice and is committed to the education of the whole person. 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 and is best achieved in an educational environment that fosters creativity, encourages intellectual inquiry, and recognizes each learner’s uniqueness. 

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