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Accreditation, Mission, and History

Accreditation

Governing Body:
Covenant Health (CH)
Lubbock, Texas

Accredited by:
Texas Board of Nursing (Texas BON)
333 Guadalupe St., Suite #3-460 • Austin, Tx 78701
(512) 305-7400

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Institutional Member:
National League for Nursing (NLN)
61 Broadway, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10006

Texas Association of College Registrar and Admissions Office (TACRAO)

www.tacrao.org

Mission Statements Vision and Philosophy

Covenant Health Mission, Vision, Values and Direction

Mission:
To extend Christian ministry by caring for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—and by working with others to improve health and quality of life in our communities.

Vision:
We bring people together to provide compassionate care, promote health improvement and create healthy communities

Values:
Dignity: We respect each person as an inherently valuable member of the human community and a s a unique expression of life

Excellence: We foster personal and professional development, accountability, innovation, teamwork and commitment to quality of life

Service: We bring together people who recognize that every interaction is a unique opportunity to serve one another, the community and society

Justice: We advocated for systems and structures that are attuned to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged and that promote a sense of community among all persons

Christian Service:
We will create sacred encounters through compassion, caring, dignity and connection.

Clinical Excellence:
Covenant will be recognized as a leader in clinical quality and culture of safety.

Healthy Communities:
We will improve the health of people through wellness and disease management.

Direction:
Our covenant is to be one of the premier Texas healthcare systems by 2015, known for our Christian Service, clinical excellence and commitment to healthy communities.

Covenant School of Nursing Mission Statement

In keeping with the Mission of Covenant Health, the Mission of the School of Nursing is to provide a quality nursing education founded on a correlation of evidenced-based best nursing practices, knowledge integration skills, and concepts of caring for the whole person, thereby providing the community with competent beginning nurse generalists. (Revised & adopted Feb 2005)

Philosophy

The Faculty of the School of Nursing believe:

Nursing is a discipline dedicated to the promotion of optimum health for the individual, the family and the community. Nursing requires the integration of knowledge and skills from biological, psychological and sociological sciences with evidenced-based nursing practice and concepts of caring for the individual as a whole person (body mind and spirit). The client's needs and care requirements are best met by an analysis of client needs through the use of the nursing process of assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. The nurse collaborates with the client, the family and other members of the health care and nursing teams to formulate a plan of care, which is correlated with the medical care plan and incorporates the use of preventive, supportive, restorative and rehabilitative health measures to meet needs across the lifespan and health-illness continuum of the client, family, and community in a constantly changing society.

Education is a dynamic continuous process utilizing organized instruction and selected learning experiences, which enable the student to attain basic knowledge and skills. Nursing education provides a correlation between scientific concepts and evidenced-based nursing practice coordinated with a variety of learning experiences. This knowledge facilitates the student's development of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective abilities needed to function as a nurse generalist who is capable of critical thinking, independent judgment, and self-direction. Learning is enhanced when there are clearly defined, mutually acceptable outcomes and planned educational experiences that proceed from simple to complex.

The School of Nursing promotes learning through a curriculum based on Lenburg's Competency Outcomes and Program Assessment Model to facilitate development of competency-based nursing and relationship, leadership, management and knowledge integration needed to function as a beginning nurse generalist. The School of Nursing provides the community with resource persons and role models to facilitate promotion of health and dissemination of information and with graduates eligible to apply to take the licensure examination and competent to function as beginning nurse generalist.

CSON program outcomes are based on Lenburg's Competency Outcomes and are listed below:

Assessment and intervention: Provide competent nursing interventions based on assessment of client needs and application of the nursing process to meet the needs of the whole person.

Communication: Communicate effectively with individuals across the lifespan, families, and members of the health care team.

Critical thinking: Function as a nurse generalist who is accountable and capable of critical thinking, independent judgment, and self-direction.

Human caring and relationship: Incorporate concepts of caring and moral, ethical, legal, and professional standards into nursing practice.

Leadership and management: Coordinate resources to assure optimal levels of health for clients, families, and the community.

Teaching: Teach concepts of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration to clients, families, members of the health care team and the community.

Knowledge integration: Integrate concepts from biological, sociological, and psychological sciences to provide competent evidenced-based nursing care for clients across the lifespan and health-illness continuum.

History of the Hospital and Covenant School of Nursing

Covenant School of Nursing, a member of Covenant Health, was founded on January 25, 1918, under the name of Lubbock Sanatorium Training School. As the hospital expanded and became recognized for its specialists in the various fields of medicine, the name was changed to Lubbock General Hospital School of Nursing.

In 1945, a memorial foundation took over the management of the Hospital and School of Nursing, changing the name to Lubbock Memorial Hospital and School of Nursing. The name Methodist Hospital School of Nursing was adopted in 1954 when the Northwest Texas conference of the Methodist Church assumed ownership and operation of both the Hospital and School of Nursing. In 1960, a new student nurses' residence was completed.

For the following eleven years, the residence was known as Jackson Hall. In 1971, the first two floors were remodeled to provide classroom, laboratory and office space to house the expanding School of Nursing. Dormitory facilities were closed in June, 1974. On June 9, 1998 with the merger of Methodist Hospital and St. Mary of the Plains Hospital, the School of Nursing became a member of Covenant Health.

The School of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by Texas Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing curriculum maintains high standards for nursing education throughout the program and provides challenges and maximum learning experience for the nursing student.

Professional Nursing Pledge

In the full knowledge of the responsibilities I am undertaking, I promise to care for my clients with all the knowledge, skills and understanding I possess, without regard to race, color, creed, politics, social status, sparing no effort to conserve meaningful life, to alleviate suffering, and to promote health.

I will respect, at all times, the dignity and religious beliefs of the patients under my care and hold in professional confidence all personal information entrusted to me. I will refrain from any action which might endanger the quality of life or health.

I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level and to give my support and cooperation to all members of the health team.

With full awareness of my qualifications and limitations, I will do my utmost to maximize the potential of the nursing profession and to uphold and advance its standards.