Social Justice

Research College of Nursing believes Social Justice is, “acting in accordance with fair treatment regardless of economic status, ethnicity, age, citizenship, disability, or sexual orientation” as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, 2007.

In partnership with the AACN, Research College of Nursing supports the teaching of the professional value of social justice through increased awareness of students’ own and others’ values, social and ethical issues.  The AACN focus includes three categories.  These are fair and non-discriminatory delivery of care, universal access to health care, and legislation and policy of nursing and health care.

Through curricular and non-curricular components, the College assesses the social attitudes and structures that ameliorate or exaggerate health risks for groups in the following four domains: poverty; racial, ethnic and other minority groups; medically underserved; and those exposed to environmental hazards.  The College also applies social justice and ethical concepts into an understanding of socio-political health issues. The four domains of Social Justice are each assigned to a practice course.  They are Poverty:  Adult Health I; Minority Health:  Adult Health II; Medically Underserved:  Maternal-Child Nursing; Environmental Health: Community Health Nursing.  The faculty in each of these courses provide students the opportunity to explore the corresponding domain.

The second part of the College’s commitment to Social Justice is a College-wide project.  All undergraduate students are required to participate.  Beginning in 2008, the College has provided a series of programs for Niles Home for Children.  Niles is a not-for-profit agency that provides food, shelter and education for local homeless and orphaned children.  Niles Home for Children’s mission is to meet the mental health and education needs of high-risk children and their families to become confident contributing citizens.  Students develop programs in the areas of life skills, education, arts, physical recreation and social skills and go to Niles to facilitate their program for the children.