GPC Nursing-Mission Statement


The School of Nursing will be nationally recognized for innovative, learner-centered educational nursing programs focused on diversity, urban healthcare and vulnerable populations.  The school will be noted for expert practitioners, community partnerships and leading-edge research.


The mission of the School of Nursing is to create a premier multicultural learning environment that produces leaders, clinician, scholars and researchers who exemplify nursing excellence, life-long learning and professional advancement to enhance healthcare deliver to Georgia and beyond. 


The philosophy of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing is congruent with and flows from the mission of Georgia State University and the Burdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and health Professions.  The philosophy is reflective of the faculty’s belief about the concept of nursing meta-paradigm (nursing, health, human environment) band their beliefs about teaching and learning.  The philosophy is founded in and shaped by our core values: honest/integrity, professional excellence, collegiality/collaboration, cultural sensitivity/diversity, and creativity/innovation.  The faculty is dedicated to teaching, research and service and recognized and honors the value of interdisciplinary exchange.  The faculty members believe that education for nursing should be founded in the liberal arts and sciences.  Life-long learning and professional development are integral parts of nursing education, beginning at the entry level and continuing throughout the nurse’s professional career.  Both the associate and the baccalaureate programs of study prepare the generalist for entry into professional nursing practice.  Master’s level education prepares the graduate for advanced practice as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or as a leader in health care and/or informatics/technology.  Education at the doctoral level prepares nurse scholars in the areas of research, practice and education.


Nursing is a humanistic discipline that is grounded in the art of caring and the application of scientific principles.  The profession of nursing is accountable to the individuals, families, and communities it serves.  The faculty believe that honesty, integrity, knowledge, caring, and professional excellence are the pillars upon which nursing is anchored, each of which affects the outcome of care at every level.  Nursing incorporates education, clinical practice, political awareness, research, and technology to prepare health care providers to engage in critical thinking as they interact with individuals, families and communities.  Nursing emphasizes the importance of evidence-based clinical decision-making and scientific inquiry in evolving health care systems.  The profession of nursing is dedicated to the restoration of health, promotion of wellness, and support throughout the lifespan of all individuals through care that is comprehensive, culturally sensitive, ethically sound, and cost effective.  Furthermore, nursing has a responsibility to advocate for individuals, families, and communities with limited health care resources as well as minimize disparities in health care.


Health is a dynamic state of adaptive functioning comprise of the biological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual wellbeing, and intellectual health of individuals, families, and communities.  Health is promoted an maintained in the context of individuals’, families’, and the communities’ beliefs, values, and perceptions of wellness.  Being culturally sensitive is essential as nurses collaborate with individuals, families and communities from diverse settings and cultures for health promotion and maintenance of wellbeing, and when health has been compromised, restoration to the individuals’, families’, and the communities’ full potential.


Humans are complex biological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual beings. Humans are interdependent with their environment but value independence and autonomy.  Humans exist as individuals and members of families, groups, and communities.  Humans share commonalities but require respect for the diversity in order to grow and mature.  Humans deserve care by qualified, honest nursing professionals who assist them to reach their full potential across the lifespan.


The environment is made up of internal and external factors that affect the health of a human being.  Internal factors include biological, genetic, and psychological influences that synergistically and dynamically impact an individual’s health.  External factors have broad effects on the health of an individual while simultaneously contributing to the health of a population.  These include such factors as family and community structure, sociocultural beliefs, spirituality, economics, health policy, and ecology.  Technological advances have broadened the environment, nationally and internationally to encompass global health issues.  The faculty recognizes the responsibility nurses have for advocacy to protect the environment and to promote a healthy environment for individuals, families and communities.


The faculty believes that teaching should be conducted in a civil and meaningful, environment with multifaceted, relevant experiences that enhance learning and honor diversity.  Teaching is aimed at encouraging students to develop the ability to influence and support individuals, families, and communities to improve their health outcomes.  Nursing education fosters student success through encouraging excellence, providing academic advisement, serving as mentors and role modeling expected behaviors.  Faculty use technological advances to integrate a variety of educational strategies such as didactic sessions, simulations, clinical and research mentoring in both face to face and web-enhanced environments

The faculty believes that learning is a process involving exchange of ideas for the purpose of advancing and facilitating the acquisition of knowledge.  Faculty members believe that learning takes place in a collective environment between teacher and learner aimed at challenging students to think in critical and creative ways to solve problems and generate nursing science.


The expected outcomes of the Department of Nursing are to prepare graduates who are able to:

  • Demonstrate clinical competence when providing safe and effective nursing care to clients in diverse healthcare settings.

  • Apply the nursing process in the provision of culturally competent and cost effective nursing care.

  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards of nursing practice.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision making in the provision of client care across the lifespan.

  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to provide holistic care along the Health-Illness continuum.

  • Use effective and therapeutic communication to foster caring and trusting relationships.

  • Engage in lifelong learning to enhance professional growth and development.

  • Use prioritization and delegation strategies to plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care.