Statement of Philosophy

Seattle University College of Nursing is dedicated to educating the whole person and forming leaders for a just and humane world. As a Jesuit institution, Ignatian pedagogy serves as the foundation from which we develop and implement our nursing curriculum. Through this tradition students learn critical thinking, clinical reasoning and judgment, and acquire fundamental skills necessary to address issues of health and well being, particularly among the poor, vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized. We seek to provide nursing instruction that incorporates ethical, aesthetic, and personal ways of knowing—a holistic approach that is in line with the nursing profession and Jesuit teaching.

Our students actively engage in learning as they generate the key role in their own formation. They are mentored and coached in critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and judgment, utilizing the ethics of care and responsibility, honesty, beneficence, non-malfeasance, empowerment of patients and families, and the Patients’ Bill of Rights. In addition, our students are challenged to develop the competence and courage necessary to work towards social justice as they practice in solidarity with those who are poor, underserved, and marginalized. Our students are formed for a nursing practice focused on a high standard of professionalism, reflective learning, and the promotion of social justice.

The College of Nursing values social justice, academic and teaching excellence, research and scholarship, service to society, and global engagement. Our students demonstrate these values through their commitment to lifelong learning, developing and maintaining clinical competence; and engaging in research, scholarship, and clinical practice that speak to healthcare injustices throughout the world. Graduating from a program of study that is innovative, coherent, and sequenced for progressively more advanced learning, the Seattle University Baccalaureate, Advanced Practice, and Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates are equipped to draw upon a variety of resources in providing interdisciplinary care to individuals, families, communities, and populations. Accordingly, our graduates emerge as nurse leaders in the profession, providing service to society, and safe quality nursing care across the globe.

Furthermore, we embrace and value diversity within our university, faculty, staff, students, and the communities we serve. We endorse and uphold the principles of cultural humility and sensitivity— lifelong processes that require us to engage in self-reflection, critique, and evaluation; to examine and rectify longstanding power differentials between clients and members of the healthcare team; and to work in partnership with the communities we serve to co-create mutually beneficial, non-paternalistic relationships. We believe that all human beings experience spiritual concerns and that spirituality encompasses taking a stance on what it means to be human and humane, and being true to what ultimately matters, or is experienced as sacred.

Moreover we believe in a progressive, forward thinking open stance on learning and curriculum that is in tune with the developed and developing world, as well as that of science and technology. Cutting-edge research in basic and applied sciences, emerging scientific discoveries, and advances in technology influence the nature of healthcare and nursing practice. Therefore in addition to building on background coursework in the humanities, we purposefully seek to build a strong foundation of knowledge that incorporates current scientific evidence into theory and practicum classes. By drawing upon multiple ways of knowing, students are provided with thinking tools that are crucial in a variety of healthcare situations and settings, and for life-long learning.