BSN Conceptual Framework

At the baccalaureate level, the professional relationship between person and nurse is the health interaction. The nurse interacts as a facilitator or collaborative leader with person in four professional roles: 1) Provider of direct/indirect care; 2) Designer, manager, and coordinator of safe, quality care; 3) Interprofessional collaborator; and 4) Professional. The health interaction is nested in the context of informed caring and defined by an ethical decision making framework that respects diverse values and beliefs and incorporates moral concepts, advocacy, professional ethics and law. Nursing uses a facilitative or collaborative leadership process to assist persons in the promotion and maintenance of health behaviors, health restoration, and the prevention and management of disease. Leadership evolves from the integration of educational preparation and professional experience and is enacted by a willingness to identify and act on complex problems in an ethical, person-centered manner. Nursing knowledge and practice are derived from empirical, personal, aesthetic and ethical ways of knowing. Nursing is built on a strong liberal arts foundation, professional values, clinical competency, evidence-based practice, information management, leadership, and professional service. These dimensions are brought by the nurse into any situation. The goal of the health interaction between nurse and person is to support the person’s movement toward optimum health, quality of life, well-being, and/or quality of death.