Mission and Vision Statements

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.

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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Baccalaureate Nursing Program Goals

Program Goal 1: 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.

  • Program (Curriculum) Outcome 1.1: Provide quality and safe nursing care across the levels of prevention.
  • Program (Curriculum) Outcome 1.2: Apply transformational leadership principles in the coordination and delivery of health care.
  • Program (Curriculum) Outcome 1.3: Apply principles of global citizenship to advocate for and improve health care. 

Program Goal 2: Provide a supportive environment for an engaged, innovative, and collaborative faculty team who is invested in baccalaureate nursing education.

  • Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.1: Demonstrate effective teaching and curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation using innovative and evidence-based strategies.
  • Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.2: Engage in scholarship and creative work that is publicly accessible and enhances teaching effectiveness and/or advances the discipline of nursing.
  • Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.3: Assist students to explore choices, learning opportunities, and resources that support their professional goals.
  • Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.4: Actively contribute to department and college governance and other community service activities.
  • Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.5: 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].