Nursing Mission, Philosophy, Goals, & Outcomes


Trinity Washington School of Nursing prepares professional nurses at the undergraduate and graduate level to practice from an ethical, holistic, caring framework in the delivery of safe, competent and quality care.  The SON is committed to fostering an environment for learning which respects, nurtures, and celebrates social justice and cultural diversity among students, faculty, and staff.  Providing the local community and the larger global society with graduates who will be able to help alleviate nursing workforce shortages especially from underrepresented minority groups in the health care profession. In turn, graduates will help meet the health care needs of underrepresented, vulnerable populations in diverse communities.    Adopted October, 2016

Caring Philosophy of the Nursing Program

Caring is a central aspect of nursing and nursing care. Caring practices impact the health and well-being of individuals. A professional caring nurse demonstrates qualities of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.  Nurses participate with members of other disciplines to advance human understanding to enhance personal and societal living within a global environment.  The well-being and wholeness of persons, families, groups, communities, and populations are nurtured through caring relationships.

Professional caring nurses take into consideration not only their clients’ disease processes, but also their clients’ personal values and illness experiences. Holistic caring practices recognizes the need to address the mind, body, and spirit, as well as emotions.

Nurses engage in care of themselves in order to care for others.

Caring nurses reflect on their own beliefs, attitudes, and values as they relate to issues that impact professional practice, such as the health care needs of vulnerable populations, unethical practices, and diversity in a multicultural healthcare environment.

A supportive environment for learning is a caring environment, in which all aspects of the human person are respected, nurtured, and celebrated. Nursing education prepares graduates to practice within a holistic, caring framework.  These fundamental beliefs concerning caring express the values and guide the professional practices and teaching of the faculty.

Nursing Program Goals

To facilitate our unique mission we will:

  • Promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty
  • Provide for a positive, nurturing, and caring educational environment that fosters independent learning, critical thinking, self-reflection, and the desire for continuing personal and professional growth
  • Promote interactions and partnerships with our surrounding health care agencies and communities in the Washington DC Metropolitan area
  • Build educational offerings and tracks that meet the evolving needs of the local students and health care communities
  • Provide for innovative, supportive, high quality, and accessible academic programs
  • Extend faculty expertise and interest through service to communities and professional organizations
  • Promote and support diversity within the student population and university staff and faculty

Expected Student Outcomes for the BSN Nursing Program

The expected student learning outcomes for the Nursing Program are derived from a variety of established professional nursing standards, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) documents, The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008), the ANA Code of Ethics, and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Nursing Schools.

At completion of the BSN Nursing Program, the student will be able to:

  1. Comprehends the scope and breadth of practice of a newly graduated baccalaureate nurse
  2. Values and integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences as foundational knowledge for making nursing assessments and understanding the human experience
  3. Applies critical thinking skills in the nursing process using evidenced-based knowledge to the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations
  4. Demonstrates professionalism as evidenced by self-reflection and applying values in nursing practice that embody caring: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice
  5. Provides professional, culturally competent, quality health care within a framework of competent, moral, ethical, safe, and legal practices
  6. Performs technical skills competently which includes the use of; computers, patient care technologies, and information management systems
  7. Applies primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions to individuals and populations across the life-span.
  8. Communicates, collaborate, and utilize concepts of group dynamics to provide safe, high quality patient care
  9. Comprehends the impact of health care policy and regulatory agencies on the delivery of quality patient care
  10. Delivers nursing care as a provider, patient advocate, educator, and counselor within a holistic, caring framework in the assessment, planning, and implementation of patient care, and evaluating outcomes of patient care
  11. Functions as a designer/coordinator/manager of care through leading, collaborating, delegating, negotiating, and evaluating patient care within inter-professional teams
  12. Develops a professional identity as a member of the nursing profession in the role of advocate for the profession and respect for lifelong learning and advancement of the profession
  13. Recognizes the importance of the role of the nurse to meet society’s health needs and influence on social policy development

Curricular Threads

Curricular threads for the BSN program that are emphasized in every nursing course are:

  1. Caring
  2. Evidence-Based Practice
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Diversity
  5. Information Technology Systems
  6. Safe and Competent Patient Care

Master of Science in Nursing Program Goals

In addition to the overall Nursing Program goals, the goals of the Master of Science in Nursing degree program are to:

  1.  Educate baccalaureate prepared nurses for leadership roles in nursing education, or administration.
  2.  Meet advanced health needs of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across various settings.
  3. Collaborate with the communities of interest in advancing the professional leadership and education of nurses.
  4. Provide a foundation for doctoral education.

The student outcomes for the MSN Nursing Program are derived from established professional nursing standards, including: the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) documents, The Essentials of Masters Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008), and the ANA Code of Ethics.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Student Outcomes

The MSN program prepares graduates to:

  1. Assimilate theoretical, evidence-based, scientific, and clinical knowledge into clinical practice to provide safe, quality and ethical nursing care across diverse health care areas. (Essential 1, 2)
  2. Practice autonomously and collaboratively within inter-professional teams to provide direct and indirect care services in various types of health care systems. (Essential 2, 7, 9)
  3. Apply research findings from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for ethical clinical decision-making to improve practice and to formulate health policy. (Essential 2, 4, 6)
  4. Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. (Essential 4, 8)
  5. Use effective communication skills and health information management resources to enhance the quality of care provided at individual and aggregate levels. (Essential 5)
  6. Demonstrate safe, effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills in caring for individuals and groups to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a dynamic health care arena. (Essential 3, 4, 8, 9)
  7. Provide culturally competent care to all persons regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, culture, health care beliefs, and religion. (Essential 7, 8)
  8. Serve as a change agent and leader in nursing and in health care systems to insure quality care for vulnerable and underserved populations. (Essential 7, 8)
  9. Sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination and the American Organization of Nurse Executives Certification examination (Essential 2, 4, 9)