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Mission, Vision, & Values

  • Our Mission

    The Mission of the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing is to improve the health of society by preparing compassionate, courageous, and competent nurses who advance nursing through leadership, scholarship and practice.  Faculty, staff, and students create an environment supportive of diverse teaching and learning strategies with the aims of:

    • Preparing individuals at the baccalaureate level to assume roles in professional nursing practice
    • Preparing individuals at the graduate level to assume leadership roles in practice, education and research
    • Promoting quality and excellence in nursing scholarship and education
    • Advancing the health of the public through scholarly inquiry and the development and dissemination of new knowledge
  • Our Vision

    The University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing will be recognized for excellence in the preparation of exceptional practitioners and nurse educators.  Through leadership in practice and education our faculty and students will transform the healthcare landscape to meet the needs of society and advance our discipline.

    • Health care practice, lifelong education, and service form the foundation for professional nursing. Professional nursing practice is operationalized using critical thinking, evidence-based practice, research, the nursing process, and the establishment of collaborative interdisciplinary relationships with the goal of promoting the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations, with attention to diverse and vulnerable populations.
    • Everyone is a holistic, bio-psycho-social and spiritual being evolving and developing over the lifespan within a dynamic environment. The individual interacts and develops relationships as a member of a family and culture within a larger diverse community and global society. Respected as unique beings, all individuals have a right to health.  
    • Health is a dynamic state that is individually and collectively defined. Health integrates the physical, psycho-social, spiritual, and emotional states of well-being.
    • Health care is in a constant state of change. Numerous societal demands require creative interventions, alternative settings, collaborative partnerships and coalitions to maximize health care delivery. The delivery of modern health care depends on an expanding group of educated professionals coming together as an interdisciplinary team.
    • Nursing, as a caring profession, is both an art and a science that promotes, supports, and restores optimal health and enhances quality of life in individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. It is a professional discipline that is an integral component of health care delivery systems. The professional nurse is a designer, manager, coordinator, and provider of safe, quality care based on current evidence from nursing science and other related disciplines. Additional professional roles include the nurse as educator, leader, health systems manager, researcher, and advocate for social justice through health care policy. Professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct are integral to professional nursing practice. Professionalism involves an awareness of personal beliefs, biases, health, and their impact on choices and behaviors. The nurse is responsible and accountable for advancing the profession of nursing and for continued professional growth.
    • The nursing faculty is a community of nurse scholars committed to creating an environment that promotes intellectual inquiry and sensitivity to diversity of ideas.
    • The nursing faculty believes that the entry level preparation for professional practice is the baccalaureate degree. Graduate education at the master’s level prepares students for practice, leadership, research and educational roles.
  • Our Values

    The School of Nursing shares the values of the University of Northern Colorado, the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, and the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing. The School of Nursing prepares global citizens leading inter-professional collaborations and also fosters the following values:

    • Professionalism is the consistent demonstration of and strict adherence to accountability, competence, responsibility, dependability, and commitment.
    • Caring is an integral part of nursing practice requiring the ongoing development of multiple components. These components include empathy, conscience, compassion, resilience, and confidence in all interactions with patients, families, other healthcare professionals, and ourselves.
    • Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity inherently exists among humans. We value Inclusivity of diverse human identities and expressions in nursing education and nursing practice.
    • Innovation in Teaching and Learning: Research-based innovation in teaching and learning is critical to meeting the changing demands in healthcare, nursing practice, and nursing education. We value active learning involvement, and the preparation of competent practitioners, leaders, and nurse educators for our future.

Statement on Anti-Racism

The UNC School of Nursing has a strong history of educating nurses to provide compassionate care to others.  “We acknowledge that institutional racism exists in American society, of which the SON is a part. We oppose racism and strive to promote an inclusive and equitable environment. We are committed to increased awareness and continued efforts to prevent racist acts.” Our overall mission is to improve the health of our society; including ALL members of our community.  We value Inclusivity of diverse human identities and expressions in nursing education and nursing practice.   We can achieve a just and equitable health care system for all by recognizing and combating racism in healthcare, becoming aware of implicit bias and its effects, and working to achieve greater diversity in nursing education and the nursing workforce.

We strive to take action in both professional and personal ways to eliminate systematic racism, promote diversity and reduce bias. We will:

  • Examine our curriculum to eliminate racist assumptions or content and increase student dialogue and awareness of racism and bias affecting nursing care.
  • Engage in approaches to removing racism or bias from admission, progression and retention for diverse students including students of color.
  • Actively seek ways to increase the diversity of faculty and staff by examining application, hiring, promotion, tenure and support practices.
  • Plan for anti-racism education and skills building for faculty, staff and students.
  • Commit to working together in this common effort.

We are steadfast in our belief that every individual should work and learn in an environment that embraces diversity and Inclusivity.  There is no tolerance for racism within our school.