Alverno College JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing
Welcome to the Alverno College JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing! This program began in 1932 and is fully accredited. Since we began, our focus has been on advancing the learner’s nursing abilities in teaching and clinical practice. Learners in this curriculum are at the heart of the Nursing program and their learning is central to all of our activities.
Through the undergraduate education of women, the mission of the School of Nursing at Alverno is to prepare professional practitioners who are committed to meeting the health needs of people of all ages and who are prepared for the pursuit of graduate education. The student’s learning and personal and professional development are the central focus of the School’s faculty and staff. Through the graduate education of women and men in nursing, the School of Nursing extends its mission of service, strengthens its ties to the community, and affects the education and well-being of diverse populations. The accomplishments of the School are measured by how well we carry out our central mission.
The School of Nursing’s faculty and staff hold as our vision that each learner will experience visionary learning for a lifetime of influence.
Our Philosophy of Nursing Education
We, the nursing faculty at Alverno College, believe the focus of our work is the student’s development as a person and as a professional. We create guided experiences that specifically center the student on relating skills and abilities to personal goals. We prepare a professional who is ethical, proactive, competent; dedicated to lifelong learning principles, and able to meet ever-changing societal needs.
As a faculty, we believe that ability- and performance-based baccalaureate education is the ideal preparation for the professional nurse. Faculty members purposefully select and define eight abilities that reflect contemporary life requirements as the framework for the baccalaureate degree. Students are immersed in a liberal arts framework that merges concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, and nursing sciences. This integration provides the framework for client-centered nursing practice, the foundation for scientific inquiry and research, ethical decision making, leadership in the practice and the profession of nursing, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Alverno’s abilities-based graduate nursing education extends these principles into advanced practice and education roles.
A basic Alverno principle is that education goes beyond knowing to being able to do what one knows. Therefore, nursing faculty members are committed to a process of outcome-oriented performance including public criteria, feedback, and self-assessment, which over time results in professional competence. Because self-awareness of one’s learning style and needs is a necessary characteristic of a competent professional, nursing faculty focus significantly on the process of self-assessment. Through careful reflection on one’s learning experiences, beliefs, and feelings about the practice of professional nursing and society’s expectations of professional nursing, the student gains an appreciation of one’s evolving professional self.
As accomplished learners, researchers, practitioners, and socialized professionals, Alverno faculty members serve as role models of lifelong learning. Our goal is to promote a process of teaching and learning that provides guidance to students in the development of their career goals and advanced nursing practice.