Nursing  
Mission Statement

The seal of Oklahoma City University's Kramer School of NursingThe mission of Kramer School of Nursing is to provide unique education and service opportunities that prepare professional nurses who practice with integrity, knowledge, and compassion while positively impacting the health care needs of diverse communities.

Philosophy & Goals

Long Term Strategic Initiatives of the Kramer School of Nursing

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE I: Provide a comprehensive curriculum utilizing a dynamic educational experience that encourages service, leadership, and spiritual growth which is led by faculty who have and maintain expertise in their designated specialty.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE II: Provide a comprehensive educational program that prepares KSN graduates with the knowledge and skills to provide health and illness care to a diverse community that includes local, state, national, and global populations.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE III: Benefit the community in health and wellness initiatives, providing teaching, learning and service opportunities for students in the local and broader community.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE IV: Increase KSN visibility and financial strength.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE V: Maintain a planning culture through ongoing systematic and empirically grounded assessment of student and program outcomes using the standards and criteria of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

PhilosophyA nurse answers question to a smiling male patient.

We, the Faculty of Kramer School of Nursing, believe:

  • As faculty of a faith-based institution of higher education, the education of individuals for the profession of nursing is a calling with spiritual implications that leads to a deeper commitment, higher goals, a pursuit of excellence, and service to others. We believe that our obligation is to produce professionals who are skilled clinically, who can think critically, and who are ethically and legally accountable for their actions. We believe that both faculty and students must be culturally competent and sensitive to the range of beliefs they will encounter among those with whom they have professional interaction. We aspire to treat each member of our student body as an individual with distinct needs for fostering his or her success and welfare.

  • Baccalaureate graduates develop a foundation for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and experience necessary for success and leadership in nursing. We strive to provide well-rounded clinical experiences caring for clients throughout the life span. Graduates are prepared to function within the global community and to employ the fruits of their education to improve their communities.

  • Nursing at the master’s level requires the attainment of knowledge, beliefs, and skills needed for more complex and higher level nursing roles through theoretical, evidence-based, and applied studies. Master’s education prepares nurses for these roles by building on the foundations of baccalaureate nursing education.

  • Doctoral education prepares nurse scholars for leadership roles in education, research, and service by developing and advancing empirical knowledge. Nursing knowledge is derived from the scholarship of discovery, application, and integration into practice. Doctoral education stimulates intellectual inquiry and creativity to promote evidence-based practice in the discipline of nursing.

Core Concepts

Faculty of the Kramer School of Nursing offer the following descriptions of core concepts of the nursing curriculum:

Nurse/Nursing:

  • Professional nursing incorporates direct care to clients, education, leadership, and scholarship. The professional nurse is an integral part of the health care team who uses critical thinking, the nursing process, and competent clinical skills to assist clients to achieve optimal levels of health.

  • Nursing practice integrates knowledge of liberal arts, sciences, and general education as a basis for caring for clients in diverse settings.

  • Nursing practice is a collaborative activity involving individual clients, family members, community members, and other members of the health care system. The nurse collaborates with and educates clients according to the ability of the client to participate actively in health care decision-making and activities.

  • The uniqueness of nursing is an attitude of caring demonstrated through ethically and legally accountable frameworks of nursing practice.

  • Professional nursing is a calling with spiritual implications that leads to a deeper commitment, higher goals, a pursuit of excellence, and service to others.


Caring:

  • Caring requires connections between the nurse and client based on empathy, acceptance, and respect.
  • The caring nurse collaborates with the client to promote health, restore wellness, and prevent illness.
  • Caring incorporates dignity, humanity, wholeness, and spiritual harmony.


Client:

  • “Client” is defined as those with whom the nurse interacts for the purpose of optimizing health care.
  • The client may be an individual, a family, a group, or the community as a whole. The concept of community may range from local communities to the broad global community.
  • Nurses care for clients across the life span of human development.

Environment:

  • The environment consists of multiple factors that influence the interactions of nurse, client, and health outcomes.
  • The environment incorporates the client’s internal micro system as well as the external macro system.
    • The micro system includes the interdependent physical, mental, social, and spiritual subsystems.
    • The macro system is the structures, settings and organizations within which health care, education, or scholarship is provided.
  • Within the health care system, the professional nurse coordinates, collaborates, and delegates nursing care of clients.

Health:

  • Health is a framework for identification of the level of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being of clients.
  • Wellness is a state of optimal physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.
  • A well individual assumes responsibility to function at optimal levels in physical, mental, social, and spiritual realms.
  • An individual’s actual or perceived level of wellness may be identified using the wellness-illness continuum.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes are expressed as goals of the degree programs of the Kramer School of Nursing, are derived from the Mission Statement, and are reflective of the Kramer School of Nursing Philosophy.

Program Goals of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Tracks

The BSN graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence in the provision of ethical and legal nursing care.
  2. Collaborate with and educate clients regarding self-care activities designed to promote health, restore wellness, and prevent illness.
  3. Utilize the nursing process as a critical thinking framework for problem solving and making effective clinical judgments.
  4. Promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.
  5. Manage, coordinate, and delegate care of clients within and in collaboration with the health care system.
  6. Exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance of, respect for, and empathy with the client.

Program Goals of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Tracks

The MSN graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to:

  1. Demonstrate the capacity to develop environments promoting professional, ethical, and legal nursing practice.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive programs based upon advanced theoretical knowledge that promote health, restore wellness, prevent illness, and incorporate self-care activities.
  3. Synthesize nursing research findings and integrate evidence based processes to develop critical thinking frameworks for problem solving and making effective clinical, educational, and administrative judgments.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in promotion of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.
  5. Provide collaborative and innovative leadership to coordinate and delegate care of clients and to manage health care systems.
  6. Develop practice environments that exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance, respect, and empathy.

Program Goals of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The DNP graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to:

  1. Create and sustain environments exemplifying professional, ethical, and legal nursing practice.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive education, advanced clinical practice, administration, and/or research programs based upon advanced theoretical knowledge, national practice standards, and/or clinical practice guidelines that promote health, enrich the environment, and advance the nursing profession.
  3. Examine, implement, and evaluate nursing research and clinical practice guidelines to establish evidence-based advanced clinical practices using critical thinking frameworks for problem solving and making effective advanced clinical, educational, administrative, and/or evidence-based clinical practice policies and procedures.  
  4. Integrate the scholarship of nursing through the promotion of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.
  5. Integrate research, advanced clinical practice guidelines, and theoretical knowledge to promote inter-professional collaboration and provide transformational leadership within health care systems.
  6. Guide, mentor, and support individuals and groups to create advanced clinical practice environments that exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance, respect, and empathy.

Program Goals of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The PhD graduate of the Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to:

  1. Create and sustain environments exemplifying professional, ethical, and legal nursing practice.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive education, clinical practice, administration, and/or research programs based upon advanced theoretical knowledge that promote health, enrich the environment, and advance the nursing profession.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate nursing research to establish evidence-based practices using critical thinking frameworks for problem solving and making effective clinical, educational, administrative, and/or research judgements.
  4. Advance the scholarship of nursing through the promotion of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.
  5. Integrate research and advanced theoretical knowledge to promote inter-professional collaboration and provide transformational leadership within health care systems.
  6. Guide, mentor, and support individuals and groups to create advanced clinical practice environments that exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance, respect, and empathy.