1. Quality Enhancement Plan

REACH: Reflecting on Ethics and Catholic Healthcare

Quality Enhancement Plan for FranU

A Message from the QEP Director

REACH, Reflecting on Ethics and Catholic Healthcare was developed as an initiative to increase students’ knowledge of Catholic health care ethics. This partnership between faculty in Philosophy, Theology, and the School of Nursing began in the spring of 2019 with an integration of Catholic Health Ethics into the BSN curriculum.

REACH supports the mission of the University to educate and form Franciscan servant leaders and strengthen the Catholic and Franciscan identity of the University. The image of the hands on the REACH logo represents the hands of Saint Francis who cared for all of humanity especially the downtrodden and forgotten of society. Catholic health care ethics recognizes the inherent dignity of all persons and like Saint Francis seeks out the underserved of today’s society. The REACH initiative focuses on respect for all life and the foundational concept of human dignity.

By December of 2021, REACH was fully integrated into the BSN curriculum and in co-curricular activities. Theology faculty sponsor nationally known bioethics scholars twice a year for campus discussions and a one credit hour graduate course in bioethics has been added as a requirement to all graduate programs. To learn more, check out the QEP Blog and the Theologian’s Corner.


Valerie Schluter, Ph.D., RN, MS

Director, REACH


The goal of REACH Reflecting on Ethics and Catholic Healthcare is to advance the University mission by educating and forming students proficient in Catholic healthcare ethics.

REACH Student Learning Outcomes

After implementation of REACH, students will be able to:

  1. Identify REACH and discuss its relationship to the mission and values of the University.
  2. Describe the basic tenets of Catholic healthcare ethics and its relationship to the mission and values of the University.
  3. Distinguish Catholic healthcare ethics from other ethical approaches such as principlism, deontology, and utilitarianism.
  4. Discuss how Catholic healthcare ethics can be used to guide ethical decision making by BSN graduates in professional practice.
  5. Apply Catholic healthcare ethics to specific cases and simulations.

In the Headlines


Dr. Valerie Schluter, QEP Director


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