Mission & values
The mission of Northern Arizona University’s School of Nursing is to provide outstanding education to students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level who can provide high quality health care services to individuals and diverse communities in an environment of constant change and emerging health care trends. To achieve our mission, faculty plan, guide, and facilitate learning while supporting the learning needs of a diverse community of students. We believe that learning-centered experiences with rigorous expectations and actively-engaged students result in higher-order thinkers and graduates prepared for leadership in real world practice. We value incorporating rural and global healthcare into a variety of educational experiences. Thus education not only expands the thinking of the learner, but increases opportunities for application. Our service mission is to encourage faculty and students to participate in consultative and professional health related services ranging from local to global settings.
The values upon which the mission and goals are founded are:
- We value the intellectual life shaped by excellence in knowledge, learning, creativity, intellectual curiosity, and scholarship;
- We value diversity within community with respect for the uniqueness of each person, compassion for each person, and accountability to one another; and
- We value growth and service to others informed by mutual empowerment and risk taking.
The School of Nursing faculty has developed an organizing framework that serves as a guide and provides direction for faculty to organize its programs of education and to focus research, scholarship, clinical practice, and community service. The framework represents a systematic organization of concepts which are the essential components of baccalaureate and graduate education.
- Professionalism and professional values
- Clinical practice and prevention
- Critical reasoning
- Global health
All students are evaluated using these concepts throughout the curriculum.
School of Nursing goals
The goals of the School of Nursing reflect those of the university.
Increase retention of students, faculty, and staff Accordion Closed
Create and sustain an environment of recruitment and retention for students, faculty, and staff recognizing and building upon the strengths of a diverse workforce.
- Facilitate mentoring of at-risk students by enhancing existing resources.
- Identify faculty and staff opportunities to meet personal and professional goals.
- Foster an environment of academic progression and continuing competencies while encouraging life-long learning.
Provide excellence in nursing education at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels Accordion Closed
To foster a student-centered learning environment that includes creativity, collaboration, and clinical decision making and reasoning.
- Develop curricula that are student-centered, culturally appropriate, and introduce interprofessional practice which are grounded in research in an effort to achieve program outcomes and competencies.
- Develop educational opportunities that provide students with state of the art simulation experiences and quality didactic and clinical experiences in multiple learning environments.
Strengthen the research activities for the School of Nursing Accordion Closed
To nurture a climate of inquiry and research that addresses health disparities and needs of diverse individuals, communities and populations.
- Develop a research program for the School of Nursing.
- Identify and remove barriers for student and faculty inquiry.
- Increase extramural funding for research.
Foster a culture of diversity, community, and global citizenship within the School of Nursing Accordion Closed
Create an environment in which the strengths of diverse students, faculty, and staff are acknowledged and rewarded, and in which students, faculty, and staff work collaboratively to achieve success for the school, the university, the Flagstaff community, Arizona, and the profession.
- Recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.
- Develop educational opportunities that provide students with the experience of working with patients from diverse backgrounds.
- Articulate the role of faculty, students, and staff in citizenry for the school, the university, the Flagstaff community, Arizona and the profession.
Become the nation’s leading School of Nursing serving American Indians Accordion Closed
To be recognized nationally for the provision of educational opportunities for American Indians, that incorporate strategies to meet the unique needs and learning styles of American Indian students and that are designed to meet the health care needs of the American Indian population served by these graduates.
- Identify and remove barriers to admission and retention within the resources of the school and the university.
- Increase American Indian admissions and graduations in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Participate in the Pathways into Health Initiative and bridge programs for recruiting American Indian students.
Provide leadership within the university and the state in the development, use, and assessment of innovative teaching technologies and program delivery Accordion Closed
To be recognized as a leader in innovative program delivery models and the use of distance learning technologies, and to provide state-of-the-art educational experiences for students in multiple learning environments.
- Facilitate the application of computer and multi-media technology in instructional design and delivery to provide learning centered distance education.
- Develop an infrastructure that is data driven, based on evidence, and one in which strategic decisions are determined by research and data.
- Develop partnerships with community colleges across the state of Arizona to provide innovative, effective, and affordable options for students to advance their education.
Ensure financial stability and growth Accordion Closed
To be recognized within the university community as fiscally responsible through such practices that recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff by growing the programs within the School of Nursing that meet the needs of the community, state, and profession, and to engage in the acquisition of grants or other funding to underwrite school activities.
- Develop a strategy for ensuring adequate number and mix of faculty.
- Develop an active alumni association.
- Develop a strategy of fund-raising.