Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of the department of nursing is to provide the finest baccalaureate nursing education informed by an understanding of the human health condition, Catholic principles, and Benedictine traditions and values. Faculty and students integrate the liberal arts and sciences with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, professional nursing values and standards.


The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University department of nursing expects to be at the forefront in the areas of professionalism, quality, innovation, and leadership. We envision a strong emphasis on intercultural competence and undergraduate research, particularly through opportunities to study abroad and partnered scholarly inquiry.


Core Values

As the Department of Nursing moves forward with its mission and vision, it is guided by the following core values. These values are grounded in Catholic principles and Benedictine traditions, the liberal arts, and professional nursing values and standards. The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Department of Nursing values...

  • Leadership as a mindset embracing vision, courage, and integrity to inspire others to take action to promote social justice and the common good; we apply leadership concepts and skills in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for collaborative care delivery in a variety of settings.
  • Professionalism as we consistently demonstrate and apply principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, and accountability in all areas of care in order to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes in individuals, families, and communities (AACN, 2008).
  • Scholarship as contributing to knowledge development through research, analysis, and application of evidence-based practice and dissemination of findings to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes and advancement of the profession.
  • Global Citizenship where we become aware of the wider world and a sense of role as a world citizen; respects and values diversity; has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally (From: http://www.globalcitizens.org/).
  • Innovation as we explore, experiment, develop, and apply transformative pedagogies and care practices for the preparation of the future generations of nurses who will lead the utilization and integration of technology in health care.