TCU Nursing is dedicated to professional nursing education based on a foundation of liberal arts, sciences, and humanities and to the promotion of an environment that encourages lifelong learning.
TCU Nursing further affirms to enhance the human condition by preparing graduates who think and practice as ethical leaders, and advance knowledge of health and human development within the global community. The Nursing program is designed to meet the needs of those interested in obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Masters of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
The Program endorses the Mission, Vision and Core Values of Texas Christian University.
TCU Nursing Vision
To be a leader in nursing education, practice, and scholarship.
TCU Nursing Mission
To equip individuals to deliver evidence-based care, advance nursing scholarship, and lead practice innovation.
TCU Nursing Core Values
Altruism: Concern for the welfare and well-being of others, a commitment to caring and compassion.
Autonomy: Professionalism, lifelong learning, personal wellness, and responsibility, while upholding the right to self-determination.
Civility: “An authentic respect for others that requires time, presence, willingness to engage in genuine discourse, and intention to seek common ground that governs both speech and behavior towards others” (Clark, 2017)
Human Dignity: Respect for the inherent worth and uniqueness of individuals and populations, exercising civility in all circumstances, promoting wellness and holism, confidentiality and privacy.
Innovation: Commitment to creativity, ingenuity, and curiosity in practice and scholarship, teaching/learning, and improved performance and outcomes.
Integrity: Commitment to accountability, transparency, stewardship, citizenship, honesty, and veracity, in accordance with an appropriate code of ethics and accepted standards of practice.
Social Justice: Dedication to upholding moral, legal, and humanistic principles.
Teamwork: Respect for the value of interprofessional collaboration, effective communication, academic-practice partnerships, and community engagement.
TCU Nursing Teacher Scholar Practitioner Model
Nursing is a practice discipline that optimizes health and abilities, prevents illness and injury, facilitates healing, and alleviates suffering through diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy for care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations (ANA, 2015, p.1). TCU Nursing defines the Teacher Scholar Practitioner model as one in which nursing practice is the foundation for scholarship and teaching and through which nursing knowledge is shared, generated, and applied in a variety of settings. TCU Nursing faculty integrate ways of knowing as teachers and scholars in practice to facilitate the holistic education of our students. The Figure provides a pictorial depiction of this model. Nursing-Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner-Model
As practitioners, TCU Nursing faculty effectively perform in at least one clinical specialty. They provide direct care to individuals, families, and communities; work to effect system change through advocacy, policy development, and system design; and disseminate scholarship. As practitioners, Nursing faculty apply best evidence in practice, incorporating implementation and translation science. Nursing practice integrates art and science and accomplishes its aims through the therapeutic use of self and ethical action.
Teaching is a core competency within nursing practice. TCU Nursing faculty demonstrate effectiveness as nurse educators in classrooms, clinical settings, or simulated experiences. The faculty consistently demonstrate current knowledge commensurate with teaching assignments, communicate knowledge to students in appropriate ways, and facilitate students’ participation in the learning process. Effective teaching within nursing requires that faculty have the ability to help students develop skills in the cognitive, psychosocial, psychomotor and affective domains.
Utilization of evidence in practice and research is also a core competency within nursing practice. The aims of nursing scholarship are to improve health, transform nursing practice and health care, and influence the determinants of health. TCU Nursing faculty contribute to nursing scholarship by engaging in activities that advance the body of nursing knowledge through the generation, synthesis, translation, application, and dissemination of knowledge. Faculty contribute to the scholarship of teaching by developing, evaluating, and improving nursing curricula, student learning, and teaching methodologies. All faculty implement scholarship in their assigned role by staying current in their practice area and guiding students according to best practice evidence.
TCU Nursing, enabled by a trust fund established by the late Dr. Charles Houston Harris, was organized as an academic unit of TCU in 1946. The Nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The program achieved national accreditation in 1952 and remained fully accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) until 2001. The BSN program was granted accreditation in April 2001. TCU Nursing has maintained continuous full accreditation and recognition since that time.
TCU Nursing offers several courses of study, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral courses of study.
MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
MSN Nursing Administration & Leadership
MSN Nurse Educator
BSN to DNP Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist
Explore nursing at home and abroad. Students at TCU Nursing can choose from study abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
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