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Utilizing Service-Learning to Promote a Value Based Professional Nursing Curriculum

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DOI: 10.4236/ce.2014.521206    3,195 Downloads   4,087 Views Citations

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This article will discuss the unique way in which nursing education at one Catholic University is distinctively value-driven with a focus on the meaning of Mercy and Jesuit traditions and how these philosophies translate into professional nursing practice. An innovative approach to a value-driven education that incorporates the philosophy of the Mercy and Jesuit traditions in a professional nursing role is fostered with the teachings of Catherine McAuley and Ignatius Loyola and infused through the act of service-learning and reflection on the service-learning experience. Nursing students are educated from a perspective of historical tradition, spirituality, social justice, reflective thinking and a value-centered professional education, enriching their self-awareness toward the development of leadership behaviors. Linking the service-learning experience to nursing concepts within the Mercy and Jesuit traditions has demonstrated a deep sense of self-awareness, a high level of understanding of caring and the concept of nurses as leaders amongst the students at our university.

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Corrigan, C. and Kwasky, A. (2014) Utilizing Service-Learning to Promote a Value Based Professional Nursing Curriculum. Creative Education, 5, 1848-1855. doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.521206.

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