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We believe that healthcare is a fundamental right that takes place within and among diverse and intersecting communities.  Our diverse and inclusive learning environment fosters a commitment to social justice.  Respect for multiple perspectives guides students and faculty to provide effective intercultural care, contribute to local and global efforts to eliminate health disparities, and advocate for vulnerable populations.  Understanding that health and illness result from complex interrelated factors, nurses assume a leadership role in creating healthy communities by promoting health and healing, preventing disease, and influencing healthcare policy.  Nurses develop collaborative partnerships with clients, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to achieve healthcare goals in a variety of settings.

Consistent with the foundational education principles of Linfield College, the School of Nursing promotes integrated learning, global and multicultural awareness, and experiential learning that fosters reflective practice essential for professional nurses in the 21st century.  We believe that learner centered education is best achieved within a supportive community that values individual learning styles and builds on previous knowledge and practical experience.  Our curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of theory acquisition, clinical skill development, and socialization into the profession of nursing.  The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing Theoretical Model for Community-Based Nursing Education provides a visual organizational structure for the curriculum.