The Philosophy of Saint Anthony College of Nursing is based upon the example of St. Francis of Assisi, who demonstrated a dedication to and love for the sick and poor. This philosophy is congruent with the Mission and Values of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Mission of Saint Anthony College of Nursing. The faculty and staff share the following beliefs:
View of Person: God created people to live with faith, hope, and reverence for life. The person assumes responsibility for thoughts, feelings, and actions while aspiring toward eternal happiness with God. As a rational being, it is the primary responsibility of the person to direct those life experiences which relate to health care, education, family, and community. The person is a unique individual possessing dignity and is worthy of respect from self and others.
View of Environment: Persons interact within a diverse environment of physical, bio-psycho-social, economic, spiritual, political, cultural, and global elements. Environmental conditions can positively or negatively affect the lives, health, and well being of individuals, families, and communities.
View of Health: Health is the state of a person's bodily and mental functioning characterized by the soundness or wholeness of the developed human being. Well-being, associated with health, is a state characterized by perceived experiences of contentment, pleasure, happiness, spiritual experiences, movement toward fulfillment of one's self-ideal and continuing personalization.
View of Nursing: It is the belief of the faculty that professional nursing is a science and an art requiring the synthesis of knowledge, skills, caring, and values. Various nursing theories and models provide a frame-work for the integration of nursing, person, health, and environment. The nurse supports individual dignity and rights utilizing the current ANA Standards.
View of Caring: Caring is a process that involves the development of interpersonal relationships based on objectivity, respect, acceptance, and trust. Caring also includes recognition of the essential freedom of the person's decision-making capabilities. Caring is formulated through the acquisition of theoretical and experiential knowledge. The caring functions of the nurse include doing for or acting for another, guiding another, supporting another, providing environmental conditions that support personal development and teaching.
View of Teaching and the Learning Environment: Education assists the learner in preparing for future life experiences and in the acquisition of critical thinking skills, self-direction, and self-discipline. Education promotes effective dialogue through the use of communication skills which stimulates learners to explore their values and beliefs.
Learning is an active, continuous process involving changes in the learner's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. This process is accomplished through faculty-guided and self-directed experiences. It is influenced by motivation, self-perception, unique life experiences, and goals of the learner. Although it is the responsibility of the faculty and staff to create the environment conducive to learning and development, it is the responsibility of the learner to achieve the knowledge and skills essential to practice professional nursing. A variety of learning theories, including humanistic and behavioral, are used in curriculum preparation and presentation. The faculty provide both formative and summative evaluations of the learning process.
View of Nursing Education: Nursing education assists the learner in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and values necessary for entry and advanced levels of nursing practice in a rapidly changing society. This education is built on a foundation of study in the liberal arts and sciences, providing an understanding of humanity in society. Nursing education is accountable to the community for implementing a curriculum that reflects nursing decisions based on professional, Christian, ethical standards of care. The Saint Anthony College of Nursing curricula reflect current American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) documents, The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, and The Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.
View of Research: Nursing research is scientific inquiry into the phenomena related to the profession and discipline of nursing. Nurses are both consumers and generators of nursing research. Nursing research contributes to knowledge development. A reciprocal relationship exists between nursing practice and nursing research: nursing practice is based on research evidence, and nursing practice stimulates nursing research.