Cumberland University

Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions is to support the University's mission by educating individuals to become baccalaureate and/or master's prepared nurses, and/or competent professionals in Health and Human Performance. Graduates of the school will promote and provide healthcare and wellness services to individuals, families, and communities across the life span. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and experiences that promote critical thinking, integrity, and life-long learning.


The School of Nursing (SON) faculty believes the B.S.N. degree is the minimum level of educational preparation for professional nurses. The faculty also believes that nursing education should be based in the liberal arts and sciences with the majority of non-nursing education courses placed at the general core level. In keeping with these beliefs, the majority of the School of Nursing course hours are in nursing science. Nursing science courses are constructed to develop the student through the integration of nursing knowledge and knowledge from the humanities and the social and natural sciences.

The faculty of the SON believes that nursing education must be individualized to meet the learning needs of each student. The SON faculty also believes that innovative and flexible means of entering the program should be available. As a result, the SON admits students into the School of Nursing on either a part-time or full-time basis, as fully or provisionally admitted students.

The SON faculty believes the educational concepts; "transfer of learning" and "critical thinking" are more valuable than rote memorization. Because the world of nursing is evolving and rapidly changing, it is important that students learn to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, while making decisions based on critical thinking specific to that situation. The SON provides nursing education that is based in practice, thus giving students an opportunity to transfer theoretical knowledge into clinical learning experiences. Faculty are committed to preparing each student so that they become practicing graduates who contribute to nursing as competent and caring professionals.

Goals & Objectives

  1. To offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) based in the liberal arts.
  2. To prepare a generalist nurse who demonstrates competent clinical skills and leadership qualities through the use of transfer of learning, critical thinking and decision-making.
  3. To provide opportunities for individuals with degrees and/or nursing licensure to further their educational preparation.
  4. To graduate professional nurses who are responsive to the changing health care needs of society.

NOTE: The Cumberland University Rudy School of Nursing offers a B.S.N. degree, not an associates degree (A.D.).

At the conclusion of the B.S.N. program of study, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Use critical thinking skills to plan and provide care for individuals, families, communities, and populations at risk based on the application of knowledge, evidence based practice (EBP), research from nursing science, behavioral science, and natural sciences as well as the humanities.
  2. Perform nursing care utilizing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in accordance with a biopsychosocial framework to assure the patient/client community to their highest level of wellness.
  3. Use the nursing process to design care that promotes, maintains, and/or restores the optimal functioning of clients' on the wellness-illness continuum in a variety of health care settings.
  4. Communicate effectively, using a variety of strategies and teaching/learning techniques in collaboration with the client, family caregiver, and interdisciplinary healthcare teams to promote optimum health outcomes.
  5. Advocate a standard of care integrating, principles of law, ethics, and recognizing cultural and spiritual diversity within the global market place.
  6. Practice nursing utilizing principles of information technology, health care policy and health care economics within regulatory environment.
  7. Demonstrate leadership for quality care and patient safety with emphasis on improved patient outcomes.
  8. Display a personal commitment to the advancement of professional nursing.