Vision/Mission

Our vision is to be a center of excellence and innovation in nursing education.

Our mission is to prepare nursing graduates to practice, educate, and lead within an evolving, complex world. We do this by:

  • Discovering and applying the science of nursing and related disciplines in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, through scholarship and lifelong learning
  • Preparing graduates to incorporate professional standards to provide, safe, evidence-based and compassionate care of the highest quality to diverse populations, and
  • Providing the foundation for students to develop professionally in order to optimize their contributions within the context of inter-professional practice   

Based on the vision and mission statements of the school, the following program goals have been identified. The program goals of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are to:

  • Integrate best practices in nursing education to promote student success.
  • Prepare graduates to provide safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care that reflects ethical clinical judgement and inter-professional collaboration.
  • Participate in the delivery of care within a variety of environments with the goal of reducing health disparities.
  • Use the latest technological innovations to enhance access to our programs.
  • Offer innovative programs of study that are responsive to the changes in the health care environment.
  • Cultivate in students an intellectual desire for advances study and inquiry.
  • Contribute to the profession of nursing by engaging in leadership, scholarship, and practice activities.

Learning Outcomes

Based on the program's vision, mission, and philosophy and the standards set forth by the professional organization, the faculty has identified the following end-of-program student learning outcomes:

  • Incorporates theoretical concepts and foundational knowledge from liberal education to guide nursing practice.
  • Integrate current best evidence and professional standards into nursing practice with consideration of clinical expertise and patient preferences and values.
  • Apply leadership and management principles to achieve quality and safety outcomes.
  • Demonstrate responsiveness to the larger context of the healthcare system regarding regulatory, financial, and political factors that influence the quality and value of care.
  • Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and shared decision-making.
  • Provide patient-centered care that recognizes individual and/or family preferences, values, and needs, respecting patients and families as full partners in care.
  • Promote individual and population health, wellness, and disease prevention at the global/local level.
  • Use information and technology to provide care, communicate, educate, manage knowledge, prevent error, and make critical decisions that optimize patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with social justice, legal and ethical accountability, and professional codes and standards.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, providers, and the public through continuous improvement in both system effectiveness and individual performance.

MSN End of Program Outcomes

  • Analyze, translate, and integrate knowledge from nursing, liberal arts, sciences, and other disciplines in the provision of care to employ clinical judgment and innovation in an evolving complex world.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate person-centered care that is holistic, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, and evidence-based, respecting patients, and families as full partners in care.
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead population health initiatives spanning the healthcare delivery continuum from health promotion to disease prevention and management, through collaboration with a broad spectrum of community leaders, for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes.
  • Engage in ethical scholarly inquiry to evaluate, integrate, and disseminate the best evidence into nursing practice to advance scholarship of nursing.
  • Plan, advocate for, and coordinate quality and safety initiatives, using principles of improvement science to enhance quality care and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  • Facilitate collaboration of interprofessional healthcare teams that include providers, patients, families, communities, and all other stakeholders, evaluating processes to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and improve outcomes.
  • Design care practices and coordinate resources within complex healthcare systems to effectively promote safe, quality, and equitable care to diverse populations, considering regulatory, financial, and political factors that influence the value of care.
  • Utilize communication technologies and informatics processes to collect and analyze data, inform decision making, support professional development, and formulate and evaluate the delivery of high quality, safe, and efficient care in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards.
  • Model a professional nursing identity that exemplifies accountability, collaborative disposition, professional behavior, ethical clinical judgement, and promotion of social justice while collaborating with peers, faculty, patients, families and healthcare team members.
  • Advocate for activities that contribute to personal well-being, resiliency, and professional growth through life-long learning, self-reflection, and the assertion of leadership. 
  • Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing, higher education, and related disciplines as a foundation to enact the nurse educator role

  • Demonstrate expertise in designing, implementing, evaluating, and improving nursing education to reflect trends in higher education, healthcare, and nursing practice

  • Use knowledge of ethical, social, global, cultural, political, and economic issues affecting nursing education to provide effective leadership

  • Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing education through intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship

  • Provide professional leadership to affect change in nursing education through service to the profession

  • Function collaboratively in the faculty role within a community of scholars