Nursing Core Competencies

The organizing framework has emerged from the core competencies identified in the philosophy statement.


Caring is the essence of nursing. It is a moral ideal of assisting, supporting, and enabling human beings to meet anticipated health needs and to promote personal development. A nurse purposefully initiates caring behaviors to build helping relationships and create a healing environment. The caring nurse provides hope, empathy, compassion and therapeutic interventions to help patients achieve desired outcomes in a collaborative environment. The caring approach to nursing practice affirms the dignity and worth of all persons.


Communication is an exchange of information, both verbal and nonverbal, between a sender and a receiver. Therapeutic communication is the cornerstone of the nurse/client relationship; planned and directed by the nurse to achieve mutually determined client outcomes. The nurse utilizes excellent communication skills in collaborating with all members of the health care team in order to advocate for clients, as well as to realize organizational goals. The nurse identifies themes, utilizes empathic listening skills, is genuine, and remains cognizant of what is said and what is left unsaid. Effective communication is facilitated in order to provide the best possible client care.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a complex process involving creative, purposeful, informed, and outcome-focused thinking to actively process and evaluate data. Nursing education incorporates cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning experiences within the nursing process to foster this essential component of professional accountability and quality nursing care.

Evidence Based Practice

Evidence based practice is a nursing research driven approach to clinical decision making. Nursing education utilizes a scientific problem solving methodology to cultivate an environment that stimulates inquiry and presents rationale for best practice clinical standards in the delivery of adaptive quality nursing care.


Professionalism is a set of attributes that demonstrates a nurse’s public responsibility and commitment to providing safe, effective and high quality care. The professional nurse’s actions are unrestricted by the client’s social, economic, personal attributes and health problems.