To provide open access to affordable, quality education that meets the needs of students, regional employers, and community.


The nursing department supports the overall mission of CEI by serving individuals and communities through educating competent, compassionate, and knowledgeable nursing students.


To inspire educators, students, and the community through an environment of desire, trust, respect, inclusion, collaboration, and need. To welcome and adopt change created by current evidence-based practices in education and nursing. To exemplify the goodness of the nursing profession.


The mission statement and values of the College of Eastern Idaho is to provide superior educational services in a positive learning environment that champions student success and meets regional workforce needs. This helps guide the nursing program’s philosophy.

We aim to provide superior quality education, centered on positive and reflective learning experiences, which; provide students with foundational nursing knowledge; instill in students a desire for lifelong learning; and ensure necessary competencies required to enter the workforce.

The faculty believes that health is a dynamic state in which an individual adapts to their internal and external environments so that there is a state of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being. Each individual is a unique, complex holistic being in constant interaction with an internal/external environment. Health is a changing state on the wellness/illness continuum that can be altered by internal/external stressors. Illness is an abnormal process in which any aspect of an individual’s functioning is diminished or impaired as compared with his/her previous state of health. Diverse values and beliefs exist in different social and physical environments that affect the individual’s optimum wellness. Individuals possess dignity, unconditional worth, and the right to assume responsibility for the development of their own potential.

We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession that is scientifically based and directed toward promoting, restoring, and maintaining a state of optimum wellness or supporting the individual to experience death with dignity. The practice of nursing is based on holistic framework and is dedicated to the value of caring. This role requires theoretically based critical reasoning, clinical competence, accountability, and client advocacy. Nursing education involves the teaching of nursing theory, skills, and attitudes that assist the students to assume responsibility and accountability as nurses.

The nursing faculty believes the framework forms a basis for the curriculum structure, selection of content, and learning experiences.

Person, society, environment

We believe human beings are unique, dynamic, and holistic individuals with diverse needs. They are social in nature and create meaning in their lives through interactions with others and their environment. They desire compassion, dignity, and respect. These interactions contribute to worldviews, beliefs, values, norms, customs, and expectations. Healthy, safe, and positive environments and interactions engender optimal wellness and well-being.

 Core Concepts: Professional Identity
Integrating Concepts: Integrity; Compassion; Accountability; Self-Improvement; Critical Thinking; Safety


We believe health is more than a state of physical well-being. It is a dynamic process influenced by many factors (e.g., social, physical, economic, mental, and spiritual). An individual’s ability to adapt to these internal and external factors is a substantial aspect of their overall health. We believe humans have a right to make informed choices regarding their health, be involved in decisions regarding their care, and are responsible for their decisions.

 Core Concepts: Patient-Centered Care; Nursing Judgment
Integrating Concepts: Compassion; Communication; Collaboration; Critical Thinking; Cultural Competence


We believe patients and their support systems are an integral part of effective patient care and the healing process. The nurse-patient relationship is an intimate, fluid, and complex process. Understanding each patient’s and our own perceptions, values, and goals affects this relationship. It is crucial we demonstrate professional behavior and communication while caring for their needs and providing them with the necessary education.

 Core Concepts: Patient-Centered Care; Professional Identity; Nursing Judgment
Integrating Concepts: Integrity; Compassion; Communication; Collaboration; Critical Thinking; Safety; Cultural Competence

Education and Learning

We believe education and learning are complementary and continuous processes. These processes are intentional and unintentional, formal and informal, and planned and unplanned. The teacher is responsible for creating a positive, safe, informative, and learner-centered experience. The student is responsible for being engaged, self-directed, inquisitive, and accountable. As time and experience build on foundational nursing education and learning, capacity for providing safe, competent, and evidence-based care increases.

 Core Concepts: Nursing Judgment, Active Learning
Integrating Concepts: Safety; Critical Thinking; Accountability; Self-Improvement; Collaboration; Evidence-Based Practice

Definitions of Core Concepts

  1. Patient-Centered Care: Purposeful involvement of patients, support systems, and interdisciplinary healthcare teams in determining and providing care. This includes respect, advocacy, empathy, and communication.
  2. Nursing Judgment: Utilization of the nursing process, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning, in delivering safe and competent evidence-based care.
  3. Active Learning: Understanding that best practices for nursing care are ever evolving and that it is necessary to actively search out current best practice.
  4. Professional Identity: Development of core values, beliefs, and practices through reflection on experiences within the nursing profession.

Definitions of Integrated Concepts

Integrity: Strong moral and ethical principles with adherence to honesty and in dealings and practice.

Compassion: An attitude of caring, empathy, concern, and kindness in your association with others.

Accountability: An obligation to be responsible for your actions regardless of the outcome.

Self-improvement: A strong internal desire to achieve success and improvement without needing motivation from others.

Critical thinking: A strong internal desire to achieve success and improvement without needing motivation from others.

Safety: Incorporates scope of practice, adherence to policies and protocols, and the prevention of harm, errors, and adverse effects to patients, colleagues, and self.

Collaboration: Functioning effectively with other healthcare providers and interdisciplinary teams to establish quality patient care.

Communication: Verbal, nonverbal, and written exchange of information or expressions of thoughts, ideas, or feelings between two or more people. It is essential for nurse-patient relationships and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.

Cultural competence: The ability to interact effectively with patients and families from various cultures, maintaining a nonjudgmental attitude, and gaining awareness and additional knowledge of their culture as necessary.

Evidenced-based practice: Integrating current evidence with clinical expertise and research to provide optimal patient care.

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