The value of the investment
College is a big investment for students and families. Parents of graduates and the employers recruiting those graduates are aware of the caliber of the program. There is something different about a Villanova Nurse and our alumni prove that every day. Dean Fitzpatrick summarized the distinction in a recent Convocation address to degree candidates:
“Our strength and the respect this College of Nursing commands is a result of people like yourselves, who leave Villanova and demonstrate through thought and action, faith and reason, competence and compassion that Villanova nurses embody and reflect a mission that is a Gestalt — something that is bigger than the sum of its parts — that the way you practice, lead and perform as professionals identifies you as distinctly different from the graduates of other programs.
There are differentiating factors that are reflected in the integrated manner in which you approach your work—as a profession, as a mission, and as a ministry informed by substantive knowledge, executed through the process of ethical reasoning. The 'how' and 'why', not just the 'what' matters. And your values and sense of accountability and integrity, concern for social justice and a world view make a difference. People matter and attitude matters. In the Augustinian tradition, it is the integration of mind and heart that remains at the core of what we teach, what Villanova students learn — and that inspires what you will do with this most precious commodity — your education.”