While the commission herein has established minimum standards for approved schools of nursing, it believes that each school of nursing should have flexibility in developing and implementing its philosophy, purposes, and objectives. Such development and implementation should be based not only upon the minimum standards for approved schools of nursing, but also upon sound educational and professional principles for the preparation of registered and practical nurses to meet current and future nursing needs of the public. The commission believes that there must be congruence between the total program activities of the school of nursing and its stated philosophy, purpose and objectives.
The commission further believes that the minimum standards for approved schools of nursing can be useful to schools of nursing by promoting self-evaluation which may lead to program development and improvement.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.110. 95-21-072, § 246-840-500, filed 10/16/95, effective 11/16/95.]