Division of Nursing Mission

The Mission of the Howard University Division of Nursing is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education within an urban setting that prepares students for nursing practice as a generalist or advanced practice nurse within diverse local, national and international health care settings. The faculty places an emphasis on the education of individuals from under-represented groups. The faculty promotes the development of students for leadership in the practice of nursing in service, education, and research within a global community. The faculty engages in leadership roles in the practice of nursing in service, education, and research.

Vision
The Division of Nursing will be a unique nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence in education for preparing underrepresented students for leadership in service, research, education and public policy.

Core Values

  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Truth
  • Service
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity

Philosophy
The Division of Nursing seeks to assure quality health care for all recipients of nursing care. The faculty promotes excellence in the profession of nursing through its teaching, research, scholarly endeavors, and service to the community.

The faculty believes that a person, by uniquely integrating physical, intellectual, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and environmental components, develops perceptions about life and health through a variety of interpersonal relationships. We believe that the family contributes to the development of strong communities by nurturing and socializing its members. The environment is comprised of physical, biological, chemical, and social forces that influence a person internally and externally.

Health is a state of physical, mental, spiritual, and social well being. We believe in promoting, maintaining, and restoring optimal health and/or in providing for comfort and a peaceful death. Illness occurs when there are disturbances in growth, development, function, or adjustment to forces within a person’s internal and external environments.

Nursing is an art and a science that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and support to promote and restore health for individuals, families and communities. Caring is the foundation of nursing. The profession has the responsibility to generate and refine the knowledge of the discipline through ongoing scientific inquiry. The practice of nursing is carried out independently and collaboratively with other disciplines to facilitate optimal well being across the lifespan. Effective communication is essential to the practice of nursing. We believe that the nursing profession must continue to provide leadership in health care for the global community.

Education is an interactive, goal-oriented process between the teacher and the learner involving multi-sensory approaches, which result in changes in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors. Education is most meaningful when it relates to personal goals, and embraces cultural differences and practices. Principles of adult learning are an integral part of the educational process. The faculty promotes the pursuit of lifelong learning.

At the completion of the undergraduate program, the graduate will:

  • Synthesize knowledge from liberal arts, sciences and humanities, and nursing discipline in critical thinking and decision-making for the implementation, management and evaluation of safe, holistic care for individuals, families and communities.
  • Practice professional nursing within ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice.
  • Provide culturally competent care across the life span in partnership with the inter-professional health care team.
  • Demonstrate communication skills essential to the role of the nurse as provider, designer, manager, coordinator of care, and member of the profession.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and other members of the inter-professional health team to promote health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Engage in professional role behaviors that serve to improve nursing and health care delivery systems and address the changing needs of a multicultural society.
  • Apply leadership and management skills to provide quality, cost-effective nursing in a variety of settings.
  • Engage in critical inquiry and incorporate evidence-based research in the practice of professional nursing.