Mission and Vision

The mission of Purdue University School of Nursing is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the nation, and the world through discovery that expands the realm of nursing knowledge, learning through the dissemination and preservation of knowledge that prepares beginning and advanced nursing graduates for professional licensure and leadership in their work settings, engagement through the application of nursing science in local to global healthcare settings, and advocacy through participation in healthcare legislation and policy that respect diverse client populations.

In all these activities, the School of Nursing seeks to:

  • Prepare graduates for the practice of professional nursing in general and specialized clinical settings.
  • Contribute to the improvement of nursing education through innovation, evaluation, and participation in local to global nursing education activities.
  • Conduct research and other scholarly activities to add to the body of specialized knowledge and theory in nursing.
  • Support the improvement of health from the local to global arena through discovery, learning, and engagement.
  • Advocate for the improvement of the healthcare delivery system through changes in public policy with regard to accessibility, effectiveness, and quality of healthcare.
  • Promote a positive societal view of professional nursing by increasing public awareness of nursing's contribution to healthcare.
  • Provide continuing education programs to facilitate intellectual development in the field of nursing.
  • Acknowledge diversity of values and ethics, culture, and ethnicity of all people.

Encourage the advancement of nursing science by creating a milieu that fosters information literacy, lifelong learning, and scholarly endeavors.

Baccalaureate Program Goals/Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BSN, the graduate will be able to:

  • Provide safe, quality, client-centered, evidence-based, compassionate nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Use critical thinking/clinical reasoning consistent with that of the registered nurse.
  • Contribute to quality improvement for the purpose of optimizing patient outcomes.
  • Identify the impact of personal strengths, challenges, and values on the intra and interprofessional teams and care of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, support, and provide quality care across the health care continuum.
  • Demonstrate leadership to improve outcomes in a variety of settings.
  • Assimilate professional, ethical, and legal principles consistent with that of the registered nurse in a dynamic healthcare system.

School of Nursing Philosophy

The philosophy of Purdue University School of Nursing reflects our beliefs about the role and the education of the professional nurse.

Professional Nursing Practice

Nursing science is advanced through inquiry, research and scholarly activities and by evidence-based practice. 

The professional nurse is a self-directed, accountable individual participating in collaborative relationships with other members of the healthcare team and consumers in diverse populations.  The professional nurse assumes the role of client advocate, care provider, consultant, collaborator, leader, change agent, and educator.   Care is provided throughout the lifespan in all settings and healthcare systems.  Care of physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs is essential to the promotion, protection, and maintenance of health.  The professional nurse is engaged in the community and conforms to the laws and code of ethics governing professional standards of nursing practice and accepts personal responsibility for lifelong learning.

Professional Nursing Education

The School of Nursing conceptualizes nursing education from baccalaureate preparation through the doctoral level.  Nursing education is a collaborative process among students, faculty and the community.  It draws from the fields of physiological, technological and social sciences, and liberal arts to support the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed for nurses to meet client, organization, and system needs.  Course, clinical, and residency experiences from baccalaureate through doctoral preparation are designed to enhance clinical reasoning, critical thinking, research and scholarly activities to prepare future nurse leaders and scientists. 

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