Philosophy & Values

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia supports the philosophy of the School of Nursing at California State University Fullerton by reflecting beliefs regarding teaching, learning, health, environment, human beings and nursing.

The faculty believes that at the graduate level, the teaching/learning processes requires a dynamic, collaborative student-teacher relationship. The teacher serves as a role model for advanced and expanded nursing practice, thus facilitating the students’ transition to the new role. Faculty also contribute knowledge, validate learning, are sensitive to interpersonal relationships, existing between the graduate faculty and the student which promotes opportunities for students to expand their individual capabilities and potential, facilitate professionalism and personal growth, foster independent functioning, and facilitate lifelong learning.

High-level wellness for human beings is the goal of nursing practice. In collaboration with the client, family, and community students function to assess and diagnose health care requirements and needs, plan and carry out health care management, and to evaluate, and perhaps modify, the management plan. Health care requirements and needs can originate in the external and internal environment of all human beings. These include physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, socioeconomic and political dimensions. All of these areas must be considered in the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of the client’s health care needs. Leadership expectations for this level of practitioner include a competent, accountable clinician who can assume a collegial role in collaborating with other health care professional to promote the overall health, wellbeing and satisfaction of human beings.

The faculty believes that the development of leadership and research skills are integral components of graduate nursing education. Students in the graduate program augment primary skills acquired in the baccalaureate program in order to meet professional responsibility and expand the knowledge base in the art and science of nursing. The leadership and research components help the students apply the nursing process in greater scope and depth by expanding the unit of concern beyond the individual nurse-patient encounter to include the whole health care delivery system. This includes collaborative critical thinking, problem solving, and application of theory combined with caring.

Graduate nursing education at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia stimulates the students’ quest for knowledge, encourages the promotion of optimal health of human beings, examines internal and external environments of clients, families, and communities, respects human beings as dynamic open systems, and considers nursing as a discipline which utilizes collaborative scientific inquiry for health preservation.