School of Nursing

The School of Nursing, is nationally recognized for excellence in nursing education by both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. Our partnership with the North Central Nursing Clinics, a nurse-led community health center, is internationally recognized (Sigma Theta Tau, International). The mission and vision of the school reflects the university’s research-intensive status and land grant mission.

Our discovery agenda focuses on health care delivery systems and quality, health promotion across the life course, and optimizing the experiences of patients with chronic diseases and their families. Health services research centers on gerontology and long term care. Purdue nursing takes a transdisciplinary approach to research, leveraging the expertise of outstanding researchers across the College of Health and Human Sciences (e.g., Nutrition Science, Psychology, Public Health, Human Development and Family Studies) as well as units across the university campus (e.g., College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, College of Pharmacy, Krannert School of Management) as we address grand challenges in health and healthcare. Centers such as the Regenstrief Center for Health Care Engineering, the Center for Aging and the Life Course, the Military Family Research Institute, and the Center for Families engage with nursing faculty. Total extramural funding to the School in 2017 approximates $4 million.

Excellence in education is a hallmark of the school. Recognizing the impact of the current nursing and nursing faculty shortages, we expanded our programs by: (1) doubling the undergraduate program - a 4-year process that began in fall 2016; (2) launching a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track and certificate beginning summer of 2018; (3) creating a 3-year direct path from BS to DNP beginning in fall 2017; and (4) launching a PhD program with the first class beginning in 2017. Faculty are innovative and scholarly educators as evidenced by multiple HRSA and university grants to promote innovative educational strategies. Dissemination via publications and presentations have brought national and international attention to Purdue. Faculty are recipients of top teaching honors at the college, university, state, national, and international levels. Teaching excellence is supported by the Provost’s Office and the Center for Instructional Excellence.

Engagement with the local community occurs through a myriad of students learning experiences and service learning projects with our practice partners. Purdue Nursing’s partnership with the North Central Nursing Clinics, a nurse-led community health center with four sites in contiguous counties provides primary care in medically underserved areas and supports education of nurses and nurse practitioners in rural settings. Our campus-based Nursing Center for Family Health leads an interprofessional team to address wellness and health promotion. Faculty are also actively engaged with Purdue Extension Educators across the state, both through grantsmanship and in dissemination of relevant healthcare information. Engagement with the global community has primarily been through interprofessional service learning projects centered on providing clean water in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, SA. There is also an active study abroad program available along with a Maymester experience on the Navajo Nation that allows an immersion experience in another culture.

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