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Denver School of Nursing Philosophy

The Denver School of Nursing Board of Trustees has adopted statements of vision, mission, values, goals, and philosophy to guide the operation of the institution.

Vision

The vision of Denver School of Nursing is to prepare excellent health care providers and leaders to transform the lives of persons and communities through innovative education and health care.

Mission

Denver School of Nursing is a private institution of higher education dedicated exclusively to educating students for the diverse opportunities offered by careers in nursing and other medical fields.

Purpose

Denver School of Nursing serves students, the nursing profession, health care organizations, clients receiving care, and the increasing needs of society for qualified nurses by offering programs for students who seek careers in nursing and other medical fields.

Denver School of Nursing devotes its resources to maintaining quality nursing programs in an environment that focuses on clinical competence across all scopes of practice, and that help develop the technical and thinking skills needed to foster successful careers and a lifetime of continued professional learning.

The programs build on foundations of general education common to nursing education, and all programs meet or exceed common standards for nursing education programs in Colorado.

The nursing programs explore a differentiated practice model that teaches students to maximize their own role development, to seek the opportunity to learn and collaborate effectively with other nurses of differing educational preparations.

The programs integrate holistic health care values with traditional health care values so students can explore the understanding of “whole body wellness” in client care.

Programs are offered to adult students from the economically and ethnically diverse regional community served.

Philosophy

The philosophy of Denver School of Nursing flows from the mission of the school and supports the concepts of clinical competence, excellence in education, holistic care, professionalism, evidence-based practice, and lifelong learning.

The philosophy incorporates the conceptual framework that was developed by faculty to provide direction for the selection and organization of learning experiences to achieve program outcomes. The conceptual framework serves to unite these four constructs:

Nursing

Nursing is an art and science that identifies, mobilizes, and develops strengths of the client through acquired skill, professionalism, knowledge, and competence supported by evidence-based practice.

Person

Person is a unique, physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and holistic being or community with value, dignity, and worth possessing the capacity for growth, change, and choices for which they bear responsibility.

Environment

Environment is the dynamic subtotal of internal and external elements that impact an individual’s perception of and adaptation to the community in which they exist.

Wellness

Wellness is defined as the individual’s perception of his/her quality of life throughout the lifespan and his/her ability to adapt to restrictions of environment, disease, or disability.

DSN has grown responsibly from its beginnings in 2003 into a premier nursing school. The college has accomplished more in a short time than most nursing programs do in decades. DSN was granted programmatic accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in 2012, and institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2013. The excellent reputation of DSN is evidenced by its quality graduates, who are making their career dreams come true and meeting the needs of the communities in which they serve.

Jeff B. Johnson

Director of Admissions
DBJ Studies

3,000

Studies estimate that Colorado will need 3,000 new nurses a year to make up for both the departing workforce and an increased patient load.
Source: Denver Business Journal

A Sense of Family

As our faculty motivate and help students develop into professional nurses, they treat students like family. Our faculty care. What we do at DSN truly matters.

Faculty and Students at DSN