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Philosophy

Nursing is a professional discipline concerned with the promotion of health, the prevention and treatment of disease, and the alleviation of human suffering. The faculty ascribes to the belief that the purpose of nursing is to promote the well-being and empowerment of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

We believe that professional nursing accomplishes these goals through a blend of health care sciences, clinical expertise, and caring practices. We believe that nursing care is designed to address specific features of human environments that impact individuals’ responses to health care and is sensitive to cultural diversity. Nursing collaborates with other disciplines to promote human wholeness and healing within a caring environment.

Six Core Values have been identified by faculty as guiding their teaching and, practice: Caring, Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence. Curricula are designed to prepare the student to meet the professional standards that define the role of the generalist nurse at the baccalaureate level or specialist nurse at the graduate level.

This philosophy supports the mission of the LSU Health Sciences Center, which promotes excellence in the endeavors of teaching, research/scholarship, and service that will benefit the citizens of the State of Louisiana.