Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing faculty believe nursing is a unique and integrated profession which embraces art and science in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of optimal health. We believe:

Nursing incorporates a scientific body of knowledge in the delivery of care for individuals, families, and communities in diverse, multicultural societies. As supported in Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, the practice of nursing balances the technological and scientific aspects of care with the personal and interpersonal elements of care. Nursing embraces reciprocal caring with the highest level of commitment to self and individuals. Core behaviors essential for nursing practice are reciprocal caring, civility, professionalism, critical thinking, sound nursing judgment, accountability, and adherence to legal and ethical standards. The scope of nursing practice is multifaceted and includes the roles of caregiver, educator, advocate, and leader. Using the nursing process, nurses practice autonomously and collaboratively to empower individuals across the life span to attain optimal health outcomes or to support a dignified death.

Individuals are holistic beings composed of mind, body and spirit. Each individual is unique, possessing self-worth, dignity, and an inherent right to make autonomous decisions. The mind, body and spirit are subject to change as humans evolve and are in constant and dynamic interaction with the environment. The individual's ability to manage change affects physiological and psychosocial health integrity and ultimately health outcomes.

Health and healing are unique expressions of harmony, balance, and wholeness within and between individuals. Health and healing are impacted by authentic connections between nurses and individuals. Health and healing are constantly changing experiences that are defined by individual beliefs and practices and influenced by family, community and society.

Environment of care encompasses the social, cultural and political context of health care and is a crucial component of healthcare delivery systems. Watson’s theory addresses the importance of creating a healing environment that not only promotes healing but also emphasizes the integration of environmental concerns into nursing practice. Environmental conditions play a major role in the health of individuals and populations. Nurses have a professional, ethical and social responsibility to understand and advocate for an environment that provides safe and effective care.

Teaching and learning are interactive processes that nurture and enhance personal and professional growth for each individual. Learning is a life long dynamic process. Nurses value the limitless possibilities of learning. Teaching enhances the ability to think critically and reflectively while developing new knowledge. Teaching and learning experiences in nursing education are designed to foster acquisition of theoretical and clinical knowledge with the ability to use a variety of technologies and resources that are essential to the practice of nursing.