I. Department of Nursing Mission
The mission the Department of Nursing is to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and the practice of nursing through a professionally supported, competency-based and student-focused learning model for working adults that promotes success in educational goals and sustained professional commitment. The Department of Nursing is committed to the formation of confident, caring, and competent professional nurses prepared to meet emerging healthcare needs of diverse populations.
II. Proficiencies, Dispositions and Professional Practice
In keeping with Department of Nursing’s mission, nursing students and graduates of WGU’s nursing programs are expected to have the needed proficiencies and to demonstrate the professional dispositions appropriate to the field of nursing. Nursing students and graduates are expected to follow the principles described in the following policies:
III. Ethical Standards
WGU follows the ethical standards set forth by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics. These standards are as follows:
IV. Standards of Conduct
WGU has further defined the proficiencies, dispositions and professional standards expected in the field of nursing and of WGU Nursing students as follows:
Standard 1 – Criminal Acts
In addition to the Nurse Practice Act of the state in which they practice, WGU nursing students shall abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes. Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:
The commission of or conviction for a felony or misdemeanor offense, including DUI/BUI, but excluding minor traffic violations such as speeding, following too closely, and improper lane changes, as used herein, “conviction” includes a finding or verdict of guilt, a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere. Students have an obligation to report convictions to the nursing department.
Standard 2 – Abuse of Patients
A student should always maintain a professional relationship with all patients, both in and outside a clinical setting. Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Standard 3 – Alcohol or Drugs
Nursing students must refrain from the use of alcohol or drugs during the course of professional practice. Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Standard 4 – Misrepresentation or Falsification
Nursing students must exemplify honesty and integrity in the course of professional practice. Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Standard 5 – Improper Remunerative Conduct
Nursing students must maintain integrity with patients, family members, colleagues, patrons, or businesses when accepting gifts, gratuities, and favors. Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:
Standard 6 – Confidential Information
Nursing students must comply with state and federal laws and clinical agency policies relating to the confidentiality of patient care records, unless disclosure is required or permitted by law. Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:
WGU further clarifies the policy of confidentiality with the following Keys to Confidentiality:
The process for disciplinary action for the College of Health Professions can be found here.