The BScN program supports the vision and values of MacEwan University and utilizes the MacEwan University pillars of personal learning experiences, quality education, an engaged university at the heart of the city, sustainability, student-engaged research, and the MacEwan University spirit as a guide for making future critical decisions.
Four philosophical perspectives provide a foundation for the BScN program:
- critical social theory
- logical positivism, and
These perspectives support a motivation towards social and political action; an orientation towards growth, learning and individual accountability in a spirit of trust, respect, and compassion; evidence as a basis for practice; and a focus on the person as they experience nursing practice in health and illness.
Faculty members utilize their individual and unique expertise and passion for teaching to support learners through a variety of structure and unstructured learning activities. Faculty members act as learner facilitators and partners, promoting learning for individuals and groups by guiding learners to the realities of nursing and the society in which health care is delivered.
The MacEwan baccalaureate nursing program is sequenced to maximize acquisition, application and retention of knowledge, skills and competencies. Application and integration of theory are incorporated within and across the curriculum to facilitate attainment of appropriate and necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for readiness to practice professional nursing. A variety of teaching-learning strategies are used, including discussion, debate, lecture, reflection, writing and application/integration scenarios.
Four features support the baccalaureate nursing student to acquire, retain and integrate theory and practice:
Expansion of Content: Fundamental concepts, principles and theory are introduced, with sequential expansion and integration across the curriculum.
Expansion of Focus: There is an expansion in the focus of nursing care and primary health perspectives, an increase in the complexity and diversity of health and illness experiences and an extension of nursing knowledge, practice skills and roles within a variety of health care contexts. The focus expands from the health of the individual to that of individuals, families, groups, populations and communities in situations of health, complex and acute illness and end of life experiences within societal and health care systems.
Integration of Content: Theoretical content will be integrated across courses with an emphasis on retention and application of knowledge and skills, including critical and creative thinking, clinical judgment and ethical reasoning.
Sequencing of Content: Courses are sequenced so that there are full theoretical and clinical terms in the second, third and fourth years. Required knowledge, skills, and competencies for the practice settings are attained in the term immediately prior to the clinical term. This sequence enhances integration of knowledge and application of skills, prepares students for increased responsibilities within the subsequent practice courses and enables a wider range of practice opportunities in diverse settings.
The MacEwan Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates with in-depth knowledge and a diversity of skills and attributes for the domain of clinical practice, with foundational knowledge and skills for future transition into the domains of administration, education and research.
- Create caring and compassionate relationships within differing social, cultural, economic and political contexts.
- Appraise and synthesize theories, knowledge, relevant evidence, using a diverse range of skills to assess, plan, implement, coordinate, facilitate and evaluate nursing care.
- Create an environment that facilitates effective communication and dissemination of knowledge among a variety of clients, peers, faculty and, interprofessional/intersectoral members within diverse contexts.
- Evaluate the influence of complex and dynamic factors related to the delivery and provision of health services. Implement actions to promote health, prevent illness/injury, restore health, and support end-of-life care.
- Integrate a collaborative plan of care based on critical evaluation of relevant evidence.
- Support research activities towards life-long learning and practice improvement.
- Evaluate social, political, and economic processes to advocate for a sustainable health care system improvements based on best practices.
- Demonstrate accountability, responsibility, critical inquiry, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Advocates for safe, ethical practice environments using quality improvement principles, best practice and professional standards, and BScN Program Guidelines for Year 4 students.