Professional values serve as a foundation for nursing practice.
- Compassionate Care
- Nursing Knowledge
- Student-centered learning
- Communication and Collaboration
- Diversity and Inclusion
Definitions of Core Values
Professionalism – is inclusive of attributes, beliefs, and communication that are characterized by respect for others, integrity, responsibility, accountability, courage, humility, advocacy and an innovative spirit which demonstrate the caring nature of a nurse.
Integrity-is a quality that encompasses honesty, truthfulness, and indicative of a person who displays morality and good character.
Compassionate Care – is an attribute which represents fundamental actions by all nurses, nurse faculty, and students characterized by supportive, protective quality care in all dimensions of the individual including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Nursing Knowledge – encompasses the inclusive total of the philosophies, theories, research, and practice wisdom of the discipline. As a professional discipline this knowledge is important for guiding the safe practice of nursing (Smith & Liehr, 2008).
Student-centered learning- Student-centered learning includes multiple learning experiences and instructional approaches which shift the focus from the instructor to the student. Instructors guide learning which is designed to address student learning needs, interests, goals, cultural differences, and career aspirations while effecting desired program outcomes. Student-centered learning allows the individual student to have an active role in the teaching/learning relationship.
Excellence – is reflected in evidence-based teaching and learning achieved by both faculty and students where exemplary scholarship, service, teaching, and practice are valued by all stakeholders in the academic and practice environments.
Communication and Collaboration –consist of collaborative relationships and community partnerships among students, faculty, patients, and other stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of coordinated patient-centered care. Effective communication is an essential component of professional teamwork and collaboration.
Diversity and Inclusion – compose the totality of attracting both students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities to create a multicultural community of learners. It is not enough to only attract but also to authentically include all cultures within the academic and practice milieus to promote delivery of culturally sensitive and compassionate care.
Smith, M. J., & Liehr, P. R. (2008). Middle range theory for nursing. New York: Springer Publishing.