BSN Student Handbook
College of Nursing Philosophy
Philosophy of Undergraduate Nursing Education
The College of Nursing, as an integral part of Michigan State University, subscribes to the land-grant philosophy and its tripartite mission including outreach that bridges the areas of teaching, research, and service. The College provides leadership for the education of nurses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels who practice within an integrated, dynamic, and diverse health care system. All faculty members are committed to scholarship in teaching, research, service, and practice.
The goal of professional nursing education is to promote competence and leadership in evidence-based nursing practice, scholarship, and research spanning from the community to the international level. Nursing education is a lifelong process that applies the concepts and theories from nursing, the humanities, and the natural and behavioral sciences. Learning is most effective when individual learner needs are considered, and active learner participation is facilitated. This objective is best accomplished in an atmosphere that promotes educational access and respect for diversity.
The beginning practitioner of nursing, a caring professional, skilled clinician, effective communicator, and clinical scholar who promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and populations in health and illness, is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The beginning advanced practice nurse, a specialist prepared in theory application, role development, evidence-based practice, application ethics, shaping policy/organizations, health promotion, and illness prevention/management to meet the diverse needs of specific populations, is awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); or with an expanded area of expertise in leadership involving these areas and quality improvement, the advanced practice nurse is awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) . The nurse scientist who is awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing is prepared to conduct an independent program of research with rigorous scientific inquiry that extends knowledge to advance nursing practice, steward the profession, shape health policy, and impact the health and well-being of populations.
Accepted by MSU CON faculty: May 11, 1994
Amended by faculty vote: November 16, 2001
Amended by faculty vote: November 20, 2015
College of Nursing Mission Statement
The mission of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing is to enhance the health of the community by providing excellence in nursing education, nursing research and nursing practice. We will advance the profession of nursing and serve as an advocate for optimal health care for all people. The mission will be accomplished through our strategic priorities:
Education: Provide a balanced array of educational programs to prepare nurse leaders for practice, research, and education.
Research: Increase research activity in focused areas of excellence and expand team science.
Practice: Lead nursing practice partnerships that translate nursing science into practice to improve health outcomes.
Approved 5/10/2011 Faculty Meeting
College of Nursing Vision
The Michigan State University College of Nursing is a leader in creating positive change in healthcare outcomes locally, nationally, and globally through excellence in nursing education, research, and practice.
Approved 9/16/2011 Faculty Meeting