Nov 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Nursing Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Nursing Student Handbook [FINAL EDITION]

BSN Undergraduate Student Handbook Philosophy

BSN Undergraduate Nursing Program Philosophy

Accreditation and Approval

The baccalaureate, master’s and DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at Widener University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.The programs are approved by the State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 783-7142. 

The School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook is applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) traditional program, the BSN accelerated program as well as the RN-to-BSN, and RN to MSN programs.

Handbook revised 9/09; 9/10, 9/11; 9/12; 9/13; 9/14;9/15, 9/16, 7/18, 7/19  RRS

Undergraduate Nursing Program Philosophy

The professional nurse is an integral member of society. Widener University School of Nursing undergraduate program promotes civic leadership by emphasizing the importance of caring for diverse populations in a globalized society. Learning experiences are tailored to encourage civic engagement through service learning and clinical activities that meet the needs of the communities we serve.

     Widener University School of Nursing believes that professional nursing is a balance of science and art. Our undergraduate nursing curriculum is built upon a solid foundation of liberal arts and sciences and includes education that allows the students to manage advances in technology.

     The members of faculty, staff and leadership of Widener University School of Nursing value each other and the uniqueness of each member. We foster a caring environment of academic excellence through faculty mentorship and personal attention to students.

     The faculty serves as role models for students in moral and ethical decision making, professional accountability and responsibility. Emphasis is placed on cultivating a sense of inquiry and critical thinking as well as the utilization of evidence based practice and research. Widener University School of Nursing values the role of students as health advocates. Effective communication, team work and leadership are all essential to the undergraduate curriculum.

     Preparing the undergraduate nursing student to function in the rapidly changing health care system is of prime importance. The School of Nursing undergraduate program prides itself on the preparation of graduates who value the importance of lifelong learning and become leaders in many different health care environments in our region.

The School of Nursing Mission, Vision, goals and expected student learning outcomes can be found in the Widener University, School of Nursing Fact book.