School of Nursing Mission Statement

Following the precepts put forth in the Xavier University's mission statement and definition of Jesuit education, the Faculty of the School of Nursing affirms its mission to educate baccalaureate and masters graduates with emphasis on preparing them to be morally reflective nursing leaders and scholars in the delivery of excellent, holistic care in a complex, dynamic healthcare environment and diverse socio-political global community.

Core Value: Altruism, Autonomy, Human Dignity, Integrity and Social Justice

Philosophy for Professional Nursing Programs

The Faculty believes the mission is grounded in the traditions, values and spirit of the profession that directly benefits society as well as patients by seeking social justice and decreasing disparities when caring for the sick, promoting health, preventing illness, engaging in scientific inquiry, and ultimately, enhancing quality of body, mind and spirit of individuals across the life span. Our graduates have mastery over knowledge and skills essential to excellent, holistic nursing practice.

Our Xavier graduates while working across various systems, commit themselves to improving health outcomes and safeguarding the health care interests and needs of populations which include individuals, families and communities. Our graduates accomplish this through scholarship, service, leadership, and personal and professional growth.

Scholarship refers to the search for knowledge in the nursing discipline through rigorous inquiry, moral reflection, reasoning, analysis and synthesis of information. The purpose of scholarship is to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding issues of concern to nursing. Our graduates advance nursing in the practice of its discipline using best evidence, clinical expertise, and patient's preferences and values.

Service is the founding principle of professional nursing. Within a cultural and social context, our graduates in the act of caring respect the dignity and worth of each individual. While embracing diversity, our graduates offer a unique blend of knowledge and skills to diverse populations across the life span. They are committed to balancing holistic, empathic, and excellent care within a dynamic, technological, and safe environment.

Leadership based on communication and collaboration skills, is an essential attribute of professional nurses. Jesuit inspired values guide our graduates to confidently and competently advocate patient's needs and rights at the microsystem level as well as participate in health care reform at the macrosystem level. They are capable of assuming a leadership role and projecting leadership qualities in various nursing rolesas an integral part of nursing and inter-professional teams.

Personal and professional growth encompasses the development and refinement of nursing and life philosophies as well as professional values and value-based behavior. Our graduates advocate for the profession and promote a professional image of nursing. They persist in personal and professional growth through life-long learning and self-reflection. Our graduates seek balance in their lives and take measures to care holistically for themselves andothers in order to continue to deliver sustained, excellent care.

Approved by NFO May 4, 2009