MSU Denver

Mission Vision Philosophy

Four concepts of the nursing paradigm

The nursing faculty plan and implement a nursing education program using the four concepts of the nursing paradigm, Patient, Nursing, Health, and Environment. The following statements describe the beliefs of the nursing faculty about these concepts.


Individuals, families, groups, communities or populations that are the recipients of nursing care. Patients are diverse and complex with unique characteristics and health needs. Patients may function in independent, interdependent or dependent roles and may seek or receive nursing care related to disease prevention, health promotion, or health maintenance as well as illness and end of life care (AACN, 2008).


An interactive process involving the provision of care to patients by nurses. Nursing is a professional discipline that integrates both theory and clinical practice. Nursing is both an art and a science. The science of nursing is based upon an evolving body of knowledge that is derived from evidence-based practice. The art of nursing is evidenced by nursing care that is ethical, person-centered, compassionate and caring (Chinn & Kramer, 2015).


A dynamic state defined by the patient at any given point in time. Health is influenced by a constantly changing environment. Health encompasses the physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual dimensions of the patient.


The external and internal physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual factors affecting patients. Patients are in constant interaction with the environment. Professional nurses consider the impact of the local, regional, national and global environment when nursing care is delivered. (Chin & Kramer, 2015).

Pre-Nursing Student Advising

Once you are admitted to MSU Denver as a student, you will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Your advisor is listed at the top of your Degree Progress Report. If you need assistance, please email [email protected].

Contact Us

Department of Nursing

Shipping address:
1201 5th Street, WC 247
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing address:
Campus Box 72
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217

Campus Location:
West Classroom 247

Student Advising:
[email protected]

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