Six concepts are integrated into nursing curriculum. These concepts are essential to the art and science of nursing to guide practice through the perspectives of self, healthcare consumer, and profession.
A "Healthcare Consumer" is defined as a patient, client or population.
- Self: Nurses promote personal health and wellness
- Healthcare Consumer: Nurses emphasize the interpersonal helping relationship while practicing holistic, culturally congruent care
- Profession: Nurses invest and commit to the advancement of professional nursing
- Self: Nurses utilize logical, analytical, intuitive, and creative thinking
- Healthcare Consumer: Nurses utilize critical thinking to make sound clinical decisions
- Profession: Nurses act as advocates and change agents
- Self: Nurses understand their own personal attributes, values and beliefs
- Healthcare Consumer: Nurses recognize human experiences, needs and responses in varying states of health
- Profession: Nurses understand the theories, research, issues, trends, and forces that shape the practice of nursing.
- Self: Nurses develop and maintain the cognitive, interpersonal, and psychomotor skills for safe, effective nursing care
- Healthcare Consumer: Nurses demonstrate professional standards of practice using evidence-based practice to deliver safe, effective nursing care
- Profession: Nurses understand and abide by the legal and ethical aspects of practice set forth by professional standards and policy.
- Self: Nurses promote self-awareness to enhance interactions
- Healthcare Consumer: Nurses share and exchange information in collaboration with the healthcare consumer
- Profession: Nurses communicate appropriately with colleagues and stakeholders
- Self: Nurses develop professional attributes and values through ongoing self-assessment, self-determination, and life-long learning
- Healthcare Consumer: Nurses advocate for healthcare consumers
- Profession: Nurses shape and influence the profession and global health through active involvement in health care policy