Mercy School of Nursing Philosophy

The philosophy of Mercy School of Nursing is in accord with the Mission Statement of Carolinas HealthCare System. We offer nursing educational opportunities for the benefit of the people it serves, within a comprehensive system of healthcare and related services. The faculty of Mercy School of Nursing holds the following beliefs:

Nursing is defined as the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations (Nursing: A Society Policy Statement). Nursing encompasses the enhancement of human flourishing, demonstration of nursing judgment, continual development of professional identity and a spirit of inquiry in problem solving.

Education is a life-long process which is enhanced by an educational climate that promotes self-direction, self-esteem, creativity and nursing judgment. It is the responsibility of the faculty to promote an environment that fosters mutual respect and supports the development of self-initiated personal and professional goals. The faculty is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the nursing program. Students retain the ultimate responsibility for learning. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is prepared to function as a safe and effective beginning practitioner of nursing in acute, intermediate, ambulatory and long-term care settings.

School Goals

The school goals, derived from the beliefs expressed in the mission statement, of philosophy, are:

  • To prepare the graduate to function as a safe and effective beginning practitioner of nursing in acute, intermediate, ambulatory and long-term settings
  • To prepare the graduate to qualify for the licensing examination for registered nursing
  • To foster self-directed learning to meet personal and professional goals

Accreditations and Affiliations

North Carolina Board of Nursing
PO Box 2129
Raleigh, NC 27602

North Carolina State Approving Agency
120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27603

Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326


  • National League for Nursing
  • Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers