Learning 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 level 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 voices with confidence and compassion to preserve human dignity, promote inclusivity, equity, justice, and improve quality, holistic 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, advocacy, and integrity to inspire others to take action to promote social justice; applying transformational leadership concepts and skills in high-quality nursing care, and the coordination of collaborative care within complex systems.


as contributing to knowledge development through application, translation, and implementation of best evidence into clinical decision making in order to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes.

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.

Digital Wisdom

where we explore, experiment, develop, and apply transformative care practices to lead the utilization and integration of healthcare technology.

Baccalaureate Nursing Program Goals

Provide an exceptional educational experience where students integrate Catholic and Benedictine traditions and values, liberal arts, and nursing science as a basis for entry-level nursing practice and graduate study.

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Department of Nursing

The comprehensive nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and prepares the nurse generalist to practice safely and effectively in all health care environments. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on leadership, diversity, evidence-based practice, and the provision of quality and safe nursing care. As an academic major in a practice discipline, nursing students have opportunities to apply principles and concepts from the liberal arts and nursing science to the provision of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, families and communities.

CSB/SJU offers a range of learning environments suited to development of the professional nurse including classroom, nursing laboratory, and clinical settings. Nursing faculty have high expectations for student professional behavior and continuously strive to develop challenging learning situations, such as with simulated learning, to represent actual care situations.