Mission, Motto, Vision and Philosophy


The mission of the Lamar University School of Nursing is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to become qualified, competent, professional nurses who are prepared for practice.  The School provides quality nursing education relevant to a changing profession, society, and healthcare environment.  Collaboration between faculty and students promotes excellence in health care delivery to diverse populations.  A spirit of caring, continual inquiry, creativity and integrity is promoted through teaching, scholarship, leadership and service.


A spirit of caring - A vision of excellence.


Excellence in nursing education, in partnership with the community.


The JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing faculty believes in preparing students to provide safe patient/client-centered holistic/multi-dimensional care using evidenced-based practice (EBP), clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment.  The focus is also on providing quality and culturally sensitive care, working as part of the interprofessional and intraprofessional healthcare team, and using clinical information systems to care for diverse populations in an ever-changing global society.  Personal, social, and professional strengths of the graduates are developed to form a basis for continued growth in an interprofessional and intraprofessional healthcare environment.

Undergraduate Metaparadigm

Faculty beliefs about the metaparadigm of nursing associated with undergraduate education are described below and entail:


Nursing is based on the concepts of moral agency, effective communication including technology, inquiry, and service to the community.  The goals of nursing are to provide safe patient/client centered holistic/multi-dimensional care to assist humanity in collaboration with other disciplines in disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance and restoration, and the support of death with dignity.  Nursing emphasizes a spirit of caring, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and patient-centered care to contribute to the health of the individual and society.  The responsibility of the nurse is to use the nursing process to assist people to meet health care needs, to attain health related goals within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters to advocate for patients/clients.  Nurses use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and support decision making to provide competent patient/client-centered care.  As members of the profession, nurses collaborate with other disciplines in achieving these goals.  The faculty believe in preparing professional nurses with essential competencies in four major roles: Member of the Profession (MOP), Provider of Patient Centered Care (PCC), Patient Safety Advocate (PSA), and Member of the Healthcare Team (MOT). 


Health is a dynamic state of physical, mental, and social well-being, requiring constant adaptation to internal and external environmental stressors.  Each person experiences varying states of health while progressing through the life span.  Health decisions are patient/client-centered and influenced by knowledge, culture, family structure, society, and the personal choice of the patient/client.


Humanity consists of unique holistic beings with intrinsic worth and dignity having the right to self-determination, well-being, and equality.  Humans are adaptive in nature, constantly interacting within changing environments and society in progressing toward fulfillment of innate potentials for growth, development, and maturation throughout the life span.


Society consists of individuals, families, communities, and populations with diverse cultures and value systems.  In a global society interactions among humans are diverse, continuously evolving, and interdependent.  Humans are adaptive in nature and an integral part of society.  Within society, the cornerstone of humanness is a spirit of caring. 


Environment is an aggregate of all internal and external factors which influence individuals and groups.  The environment provides the context for the development of individuals, the identification of health needs, and the evolution of nursing.  Through an on-going interactive process the environment and nursing influence each other.  A patient/client environment and professional nursing are conducive to growth and trust and the development of relationships through creative, flexible learning opportunities and communication.

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education is a process shared by the faculty and the learner.  Learning is the exploration, utilization, and generation of knowledge.  Learning is the responsibility of each person and is accomplished through self-motivation, active inquiry, and participation in the educational process.  Faculty believe that nursing education is the systematic guidance of the learner toward safe and competent clinical practice in the four major roles (MOP, PCC, PSA, MOT), interprofessional and intraprofessional teamwork, quality improvement, management and clinical reasoning utilizing critical thinking, effective communication, informatics and technology.  Faculty incorporate a variety of teaching modalities that integrate interactive and current technological learning resources, including web-based classroom environment, simulated scenarios, and independent learning activities. Incorporating online technology facilitates global access to quality nursing education.  Constructs of the nursing curriculum include the study of humanity and society, lifespan, health continuum, critical thinking, therapeutic interventions, and professional roles.  Foundational nursing concepts include professional integrity, communication, active inquiry, and service.  The faculty support the preparation of registered nurses at the baccalaureate level.

Baccalaureate Degree

Baccalaureate Degree graduates use critical thinking, evidence-based practice, technology and interprofessional and intraprofessional healthcare teamwork to provide safe patient/client care and improve patient/client outcomes.  Graduates are prepared with a broad perspective and understanding of society, the environment, and people as diverse individuals, families, communities and populations.  Baccalaureate education incorporates a broad range of basic, behavioral, social sciences, communication and technology content to provide a strong foundation for coordinating safe and competent patient/client care using critical thinking and problem solving skills.  A baccalaureate degree is the most common requirement for entry into graduate nursing education where nurses may further develop their professional roles to become nurse educators, researchers, administrators, or advanced practice nurses.  Graduates promote the practice of professional nursing through leadership and advocacy roles.

Graduate Metaparadigm

The Master of Science in Nursing degree builds upon the undergraduate philosophy and adheres to its goals.  The content of the masters program reflects the graduate organizing framework and prepares students for advanced nursing practice roles in nursing administration and nursing education.  The faculty in the masters program recognizes an evolving metaparadigm in the nursing profession and monitors the individual paradigms for agreement with current innovations and the shift in world views of the nursing profession.  The paradigms included in the graduate metaparadigm are: nursing, health, humanity, society, and environment.


Advanced nursing practice synthesizes theoretical frameworks from nursing and other disciplines to expand its knowledge base. The masters prepared nurse functions as a clinical nurse educator, researcher, advocate, consultant, collaborator and a manager of systems.  Evidence-based research methods are used to investigate problems, serve as a basis for initiating change, and provide new knowledge to improve patient/client centered outcomes.  The masters prepared nurse administrator role delivers indirect care and the clinical nurse educator role delivers direct care; and each role is practiced from professional, organizational and personal perspectives within an ethical, legal, and regulatory framework.


The advanced practice nurse contributes to the design and implementation of interprofessional and intraprofessional healthcare delivery which is based on collaborative education systems.  The healing process is based on the philosophy of caring for the body, mind and spirit. Health is achieved through illness prevention, health promotion strategies, health education, and continuous quality improvement of the micro and macro healthcare system.


The advanced practice nurse recognizes the person is more than the sum of their parts and honors the total human being. Advocacy is demonstrated for those in particular who become vulnerable as they transition from various states of illness and experience social and cultural disparities. Advocacy involves providing health resources and services; and ensuring that these are available, accessible, and acceptable.  The advanced practice nurse advocates for those who are unable or cannot speak for themselves.


The advanced practice nurse is cognizant of increasing global diversity and the health challenges it brings to the healthcare system. This diversity accelerates the need for cultural competence and impels the advanced practice nurse to be culturally responsive to the health needs of individuals, families, groups and world communities.  The advanced practice nurse is aware of the interconnectedness of our global society and supports the interchange of research and evidence-based practice which benefits the whole world community.


Knowledge is expanding exponentially with new technology and intricate informatics systems and thus has an impact on the healthcare environment.  It is incumbent upon the advanced practice nurse to be an effective user of current educational technology and informatics to identify and communicate healthcare needs to improve the quality of patient/client centered outcomes.  The advanced practice nurse has the expertise and therefore an obligation as a moral agent to influence, analyze and evaluate outcomes for the development of a culture of safety and healthcare policies that are relevant to dynamic health care systems.


Graduate Education

Learning at the graduate level stems from an open collegial relationship between faculty and students. Faculty in the graduate program encourage the learner to be the determinant in the heuristic exploration of current knowledge and the challenge of using theory guided evidence-based practice.  The graduate paradigm serves as a basis for students to incorporate and synthesize knowledge from middle range theoretical models and to hone their advanced nursing practice roles in administration and education.  During this process they move from concrete perspectives toward abstract concepts with an expanded cultural awareness of healthcare issues that prepare them for life-long learning and doctoral study.


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