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Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. It is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek philosophia which literally means "love of wisdom".Philosophy is a search for wisdom and truth. Philosophy directs education by providing certain guidelines. Education is application of philosophy or philosophy of education is applied philosophy. Educational philosophy is application of philosophy, in an attempt to meet the challenges faced by the education system. Education and philosophy are two sides of a same coin. The Nursing Institution mission, philosophy and program outcomes should be congruent with those of University and consistent with the professional nursing standards and guidelines for the preparation of nursing professionals.

Sample philosophy of a college of nursing

The faculty of college of nursing believe that education shall prepare the individual to provide preventive promotive curative and rehabilitative aspects of health care to the people based on the basic scientific principles and enable them to apply this knowledge in their personal and professional life. Nursing is an art and science whose goal is to support optimal health of all through partnership with individuals, families, and communities; and environments can be structured and enhanced to promote health and well-being. The college of nursing strives for an environment in which all who come are welcomed and in which those who join our community will be challenged and supported to reach their highest potential. Modern nursing is dynamic therapeutic and educative process in meeting the health needs of the individuals, the family and the community. Nursing is one of the health professions which

functions in a conjunction with other health care agencies in assisting individuals, families and communities to achieve and maintain desirable standards of health. We believe that the professional nurse as a member of the health care team has a major role in the promotion of health, prevention of illness and rehabilitation of the individuals, families and community. Health is a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Since nurses provided and will undoubtedly continue to provide a large part of health care, their training should equip them with professional expertise to meet the changing demands of the society and their expanding role there in. nurses collaborate with organization, population, and community level clients in planning, delivering and evaluating interventions to assure healthy environment, resources for optimal health, and high quality health care are accessible to all persons. Excellence in nursing is exhibited in practice that demonstrates caring, commitment, compassion for the dignity and wellbeing of all the people and adherence to professional and ethical standards. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares professional nurses as selfassured, competent generalists who think critically, engage in clinical inquiry, communicate effectively, and assess and manage the health needs of clients in a variety of settings.

We believe that the nursing education contributes to the development of the student as an individual, citizen and a prospective member of the profession, who will uphold the dignity of the profession. Nursing education is an ongoing process that incorporates knowledge and technology to comply with the current trends and advancements in the field of nursing, medicine and research. We believe that education is a life-long process and we strive to seek the overall development of the students both personally and professionally.

The aim of the graduate programme in nursing is to : 1. Prepare graduates to assume responsibilities as professional competent nurses and midwives in providing promotion, preventive, curative & rehabilitative services. 2. Prepare nurses who can make independent decisions in nursing situations, protect the rights of & facilitate individuals and groups in pursuit of health function in the hospital community nursing services.
3. Prepare them to conduct research studies in the areas of nursing practice for betterment of

prevailing health situations. 4. They are also expected to assume the role of the teacher, supervisor, manager in a clinical or public health setting. 5. The institution also aims to become a centre of excellence in nursing study as well as service to the society.

On completion of the 4 year BSc.Nursing Programme, the students will be able to:1. Apply knowledge from physical,biological and behavioral sciences,medicine including

alternative systems and nursing in providing nursing care to individuals ,families and communities. 2. Demonstrate understanding of lifestyle and other factors which affect the health of individuals and groups. 3. Provide nursing care based on the steps of nursing process in collaboration with individuals and groups 4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in making decisions in all situations in order to provide quality care. 5. Utilize the latest trends and technology in providing health care.

6. Provide preventive and restorative health services in line with national health policies and programmes. 7. Practice within the framework of code of ethics and professional conduct and acceptable standards of practice within the legal boundaries.
8. Communicate effectively with the individuals and groups and members of health team in

order to promote effective interpersonal relationships and team work. 9. Demonstrate skills in teaching to individuals and groups in clinical and community health settings. 10. Participate effectively as members of the health team in health care delivery system. 11. Demonstrate leadership and managerial skills in clinical and community health settings. 12. Conduct need based research studies in various settings and contribute to EBP 13. Demonstrate awareness ,interest and contribute towards advancement of self and of profession.

Nursing is a healing science and as a belief construct, philosophy decides the healing approach. The faculty of an institute enjoys all rights to formulate the philosophy based on their beliefs, but a thoughtfully coined philosophy usually addresses the philosophical issues like learner, society, man, nursing education, health and institution.

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SUBMITTTED TO: Mrs.Mary Joseph Sunny Asst.Professor Govt.College Of Nursing Nursing Kottayam

SUBMITTED BY: Miss. Anitha M 1st year MSc Nursing Govt.College Of Kottayam