Mission, Vision and Goals

Vision Statement

Empowering exemplary nurses to care for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Mission Statement

The School of Nursing provides a learning-centered community that facilitates evidence-based teaching and learning within professional undergraduate and graduate programs to develop culturally competent and ethical nurses prepared to engage within the global healthcare environment. 


To achieve this mission, Jacksonville State University School of Nursing will:  

  1. Deliver innovative learning-centered nursing education programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. 
  2. Engage in continuous quality improvement practices to ensure the relevance of the curricula in an evolving complex healthcare environment.
  3. Support faculty development that enhances teaching, research, and service scholarship.
  4. Recruit, develop, and retain diverse students and faculty with knowledge, skills, and attitudes reflective of the culturally competent nursing professional.
  5. Develop collaborative partnerships and inter-professional relationships designed to meet the needs of internal and external communities of interest.
  6. Use technology to foster innovation in nursing practice, education, and evidence-based decision-making.
  7. Promote scholarship, service, and practice activities that include students and faculty.

Strategic Initiatives

Professional values serve as a foundation for nursing practice.   

  1. Professionalism
  2. Integrity and Respect
  3. Compassionate Care
  4. Nursing Knowledge
  5. Learning-centered Community
  6. Innovation and Excellence
  7. Effective Communication
  8. Community and Outreach
  9. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Definitions of Core Values

Professionalism – is inclusive of attributes, beliefs, and communication characterized by respect for others, integrity, responsibility, accountability, courage, humility, advocacy, and an innovative spirit, demonstrating a nurse's caring nature. 

Integrity – is a quality that encompasses honesty and truthfulness and is indicative of a person who displays morality and good character.  

Respect – willingness to hear someone's point of view and provide thoughtful reflection for it, even when they are different from you, or you disagree with them. Respect is a right of all humans. 

Compassionate Care – is an attribute that represents fundamental actions by all nurses, nurse faculty, and students characterized by supportive, protective quality care in all dimensions of the individual, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. 

Nursing Knowledge – encompasses the inclusive total of the discipline’s philosophies, theories, research, and practice wisdom. As a professional discipline, this knowledge is essential for guiding the safe practice of nursing (Smith & Liehr, 2018). 

Learning-centered Community – includes multiple learning experiences and instructional approaches which shift the focus from the faculty to the student. Faculty guide learning which is designed to address student learning needs, interests, goals, cultural differences, and career aspirations while affecting desired program outcomes. Student-centered learning allows the individual student to have an active role in the teaching/learning relationship.  

Innovation – includes the generation of measurable solutions and improvements in health policies, systems, products, technologies, services, and delivery methods, to improve treatment, diagnosis, education, outreach, prevention, research quality and delivery, and access to healthcare (Kimble & Massoud, 2017). 

Excellence – is reflected in evidence-based teaching and learning achieved by faculty and students, where exemplary scholarship, service, teaching, and practice are valued by all stakeholders in the academic and practice environments. 

Effective Communication – an exchange of information leading to an improved understanding of content between students, faculty, patients, and all stakeholders using active listening to better care for our global community.

Collaboration – actively seek to engage the communities served by building collaborative partnerships, taking leadership positions, and contributing knowledge, skills, and commitment to strengthen these communities and facilitate the delivery of client-centered care.  

Community Outreach – Encompasses the active engagement of community partners, both locally and globally, in education and public service by sharing skills and acting as catalysts to facilitate the delivery of client-centered care. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Comprise policies, foster programs, and recruit faculty and students that promote the representation of different groups of individuals including people of different ages, races, ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations to create a culturally sensitive community of learners. To ensure a sense of belonging, we must authentically include all cultures within the academic and practice milieus to provide equitable opportunities for all people while delivering compassionate care.

Kimble, L., & Massoud, R. (2017). What do we mean by innovation in healthcare? European Medical Journal, 1, 89–91.

Smith, M. J., & Liehr, P. R. (2018). Middle range theory for nursing. (4th ed.). Springer Publishing.