The Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University is a national premier nursing school based on excellence in education, research and public service, as well as diversity in student population and program offerings.
The Division of Nursing consistent with the WSSU mission and the mission of the School of Health Sciences provides professional nursing education that prepares a baccalaureate degree nurse generalist and a graduate degree advanced practice nurse and nurse educator. The undergraduate curriculum provides experiences needed for students to develop effective communication and critical thinking while executing therapeutic intervention, health promotion and disease prevention, and evidence-base practice strategies. These experiences include theory, clinical practicums and public service essential for delivery of professional nursing care in a variety of settings and to diverse populations.
Prior learning experiences are considered in the criteria for admission of a student population diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, academic levels, life experiences and health care experiences. The Division provides an environment conducive to personal and professional growth and lifelong learning for students and faculty. Faculty and students engage in mutually beneficial relationships with the community and other health care providers in ways that complement the nursing division’s educational mission. These experiences foster the impartation of values such as kindness, compassion, justice, loyalty and also cultural competence and sensitivity.
The Division places a high priority on encouraging its students to adopt the following set of values:
- Sensitivity to a patient’s culture, race, religion and other personal factors;
- Compassion for a patient’s physical, emotional and social issues;
- Sympathy with a patient’s suffering;
- Willingness to provide health care for all individuals regardless of their race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, health insurance status, socioeconomic status or place of residence;
- Determination that avoidable errors and omissions in health care must not occur; and
- Dedication to assuring patient satisfaction with their health care.