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Baccalaureate nursing education builds on a strong foundation in the liberal arts, humanities and sciences. Nursing education reflects the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and faculty beliefs about education and the profession. Nursing education prepares generalists to provide culturally sensitive nursing care across the lifespan and in diverse settings, provide leadership in inter-disciplinary health systems, make sound clinical judgments, advocate for change and quality care, and value lifelong learning.
Research evidence on education and human development informs nursing education, faculty and curriculum development, and the evaluation of learning. Nursing faculty acknowledges that nursing education and practice are challenging and recognize the importance of providing an appropriate balance of support for student learning and success. Nursing education is best when relationship-centered, interactive, experiential, reflective, respectful of learners and their development, and supports exploration and discovery.
As a community of learners, faculty and students explore assumptions about education and knowledge, and take these into account when co-creating learning experiences. Faculty are open to student development, student experiences, and student knowledge. Through meaningful learning contexts faculty invite students to grow toward more complex reasoning. Through their interactions, faculty and students engage in active construction and reconstruction of knowledge and experience.
Baccalaureate nursing education reflects the ever-changing demands of the profession, which is characterized by complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, and ill-structured situations. Baccalaureate nursing education prepares graduates to pursue advanced nursing education.