Mission - Vision - Philosophy

The department of nursing prides itself in providing a diverse and equitable approach to educating the next generation of nurses.

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.


The patient is the recipient of nursing care or services. This term was selected for consistency and in recognition and support of the historically established tradition of the nurse patient relationship. Patients may be individuals, families, groups, communities, or populations. Further, patients may function in independent, interdependent, or dependent roles, and may seek or receive nursing interventions related to disease prevention, health promotion, or health maintenance, as well as illness and end­ of life care. Depending on the context or setting, patients may, at times, more appropriately be termed clients, residents consumers, or customers of nursing services (AACN, 2021)


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).

Resources for Nursing Students

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Many resources for our nursing students are located on the Resources for Nursing Students webpage. You will find information and links for:

  • Nursing Student Handbook
  • University Resources
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Student Hub
  • Graduation and Commencement

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, which is accessed through Web Services on the Student Hub.

Please visit our Pre-Nursing Resources webpage for access to information and to make an advising appointment with our pre-nursing advisor.

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]

Front Desk: