Graduate Nursing Programs

Program Outcomes

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire students to elevate their voices through inquiry and ethical leadership. 

The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Department of Nursing provides an innovative and integrative baccalaureate and graduate nursing education grounded in our Catholic and Benedictine tradition. Through ethical leadership and advocacy, the nursing faculty mentors graduates to advance the nursing profession and utilize their voice with confidence and compassion to preserve human dignity, promote inclusivity, equity, justice, and improve health care for a global society.

Vision Statement

The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Department of Nursing will strive for excellence in the areas of advocacy, quality, innovation, and ethical leadership. We envision a strong emphasis on lifelong learning, global citizenship and scholarship, particularly through immersion experiences with diverse cultures 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 and Benedictine traditions and values, the liberal arts, and professional practice. The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Department of Nursing values are:

Ethical 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.

Professional Advocacy

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).


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.


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.

Graduate Program Goals

Program Goal 1

Provide an exceptional educational experience to develop graduate-level prepared registered nurses to perform at the highest professional level through development of ethical leadership, advocacy, and transitional skills. Our graduates are expected to advance the art and science of nursing and improve health outcomes for all.

Curriculum Outcomes:
  1. Apply scientific underpinnings, and appropriate analytical methods for the advancement of scholarship in evidenced based practice.
  2. Apply organizational and systems leadership, health care policy, and information technology to advocate for quality health care delivery and improvement of outcomes.
  3. Perform at an advanced level of nursing practice using interprofessional collaboration to impact patient and population outcomes to improve the nation’s health.

Program Goal 2

Provide a supportive environment for an engaged, innovative, and collaborative faculty team who is invested in graduate nursing education.

Faculty Outcomes:
  1. Demonstrate effective teaching and curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation using innovative and evidence-based strategies.
  2. Engage in scholarship and creative work that is publicly accessible and enhances teaching effectiveness and/or advances the discipline of nursing.
  3. Engage in advanced practice (APRNs) to enhance teaching effectiveness.
  4. Assist students to expand professional network, advanced learning opportunities, and resources that support their advanced practice goals.
  5. Actively contribute to department and college governance and other community service activities.
  6. Establish a professional identity that integrates the activities of teaching, advising, scholarship/creative work, and service with the individual’s strengths, personal professional goals, and the mission of the college [university].

“One thing I love about nursing is that there’s the possibility to constantly grow and learn. The opportunities are endless.”

Taylor Schreiner ’19

current graduate nursing student and Float Pool nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Jennifer Peterson
Chair, Nursing Department Graduate Programs
CSB Main 457

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