Mission and Goals
NAU School of Nursing Mission and Values
MISSION and GOALS
History of the
School of Nursing
The nursing program was established in 1962 as an organized
unit of faculty of the Arizona State College (named in 1945) granting the
associate degree in nursing. The
associate degree nursing program, under the direction of Ms. Frances Hegglund,
received its first full accreditation from Arizona State Board of Nursing in
1963. The Department of Nursing at that time was part of the College of Arts
and Science. Ms. Bea Evans continued as the department chair through academic
In 1966, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the changing
of Arizona State College to university status.
The name was changed to Northern Arizona University. In 1972, a new
center was opened on south campus. A new
college, first named the College of Integrated Studies was approved to provide
liberal arts programs for the south center.
This College was later named the College of Public and Environmental
Services. The Department of Nursing was housed in these Colleges under the
direction of Dr. Phyllis Adkinson and Dr. Roberta Clegg.
In 1973, the baccalaureate faculty of the Department of
Nursing came together for the first time and the baccalaureate program was
developed. This program was designed as a career ladder program and today is
known as the RN to BSN completion program.
Under the direction of Dr. Roberta Clegg, a grant was
submitted for the construction of a building for nursing education. In 1974,
the President of Northern Arizona University received notice that the Federal
Government had approved the grant in the amount of $969,332.00 for the
construction of a building for nursing education. With matching state funds the total amount
available for construction and other costs was $1,356,500.00.
In 1974, under the direction of Dr. Roberta Clegg, the
Associate Degree in Nursing Program received full accreditation from the National
League for Nursing (NLN). At that same time, the baccalaureate program was
established and received provisional accreditation from the NLN. In 1975, the
baccalaureate program received full accreditation.
In 1981, under the direction of Ms. Mary Walsh, the nursing
faculty made a unanimous decision to begin immediately to phase out the Associate
Degree in Nursing Program. The last class graduated in the Spring of 1983.
The School of Health Professions was established on July 1,
1982 under the direction of Dean, Richard Borden by uniting several existing
health professional programs. Nursing, located in a College of Public and
Environmental Service, was split off from that College. The result was a new
academic unit – the School of Health Professions, which consisted of the
Departments of Physical Therapy, Dental Hygiene, and Nursing.
In 1983, under the direction of Dr. Sally Ruybal, the phase
out of the associate degree was completed and the baccalaureate program was
expanded to include a pre-licensure baccalaureate program. The baccalaureate
program received continuation of full accreditation status.
The School of Health Professions was renamed the College of
Health Professions (CHP) in 1991 and housed the Departments of Dental Hygiene,
Health Education, Physical Education and Recreation, Nursing, Physical Therapy,
and Speech, Pathology and Audiology.
In 1995, the Department of Nursing received approval for
implementation of the Master in Science program in nursing with a Rural Health
Specialist track and a Family Nurse Practitioner track.
In 1997, The Department of Nursing did not seek
re-accreditation with NLN, but applied for re-accreditation through the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Both the baccalaureate and
masters programs received full accreditation.
The College of Health Professions was reorganized into a
School of Health Professions (SHP) and a School of Nursing in 2005 and housed
in the Consortium of Professional Schools
The School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions
were re-united into a College of Health and Human Services in 2007.
The mission of Northern Arizona University’s School of
Nursing is to provide outstanding education to students at the undergraduate,
master’s and doctoral level who can provide
high quality health care services to individuals and diverse communities
in an environment of constant change and emerging health care trends. To
achieve our mission, faculty plan, guide, and facilitate learning while
supporting the learning needs of a diverse community of students. We believe
that learning-centered experiences with rigorous expectations and
actively-engaged students result in higher-order thinkers and graduates
prepared for leadership in real world practice. We value incorporating rural
and global healthcare into a variety of educational experiences. Thus education
not only expands the thinking of the learner, but increases opportunities for
application. Our service mission is to encourage faculty and students to
participate in consultative and professional health related services ranging
from local to global settings.
The values upon which the mission and goals are founded are:
- We value the intellectual life shaped by excellence in knowledge, learning, creativity, intellectual curiosity and
- We value diversity within community with respect for
the uniqueness of each person, compassion
for each person and accountability to one another; and
- We value growth and service to others informed by
mutual empowerment and risk taking.
The School of Nursing faculty has developed an organizing
framework that serves as a guide and provides direction for faculty to organize
its programs of education and to focus research, scholarship, clinical practice
and community service. The framework represents a systematic organization of
concepts which are the essential components of baccalaureate and graduate
- Professionalism and Professional values
- Clinical practice and prevention
- Critical reasoning
- Global health
All students are evaluated using these concepts
throughout the curriculum.
School of Nursing Goals
The goals of the School of Nursing reflect those of the University.
Goal 1: Increase retention of students, faculty and staff. (NAU Goal 1)
Create and sustain an environment of recruitment and retention for
students, faculty and staff recognizing and building upon the strengths of a
- Facilitate mentoring of at risk
students by enhancing existing resources.
- Identify faculty and staff
opportunities to meet personal and professional goals.
- Foster an environment of academic
progression and continuing competencies while encouraging life-long
Goal 2: Provide excellence in nursing education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. (NAU Goal 2)
To foster a student-centered learning environment that includes
creativity, collaboration, and clinical decision making and reasoning.
- Develop curricula that are
student-centered, culturally appropriate, and introduce interprofessional
practice which are grounded in research in an effort to achieve program
outcomes and competencies.
- Develop educational opportunities
that provide students with state of the art simulation experiences and
quality didactic and clinical experiences in multiple learning environments.
Goal 3: Strengthen the research activities for the School of Nursing. (NAU Goal 3)
a climate of inquiry and research that addresses health disparities and needs
of diverse individuals, communities and populations.
- Develop a research program for the School of
- Identify and remove barriers for student and
- Increase extramural funding for research.
Goal 4: Foster a culture of diversity, community and global citizenship within the School of Nursing. (NAU Goal 4 & 5)
environment in which the strengths of diverse students, faculty and staff are
acknowledged and rewarded, and in which, students, faculty and staff work
collaboratively to achieve success for the School, the University, the
Flagstaff community, Arizona and the profession.
- Recruit and retain students, faculty and staff
of diverse backgrounds.
- Develop educational opportunities that provide
students with the experience of working with patients from diverse
- Articulate the role of faculty, students and
staff in citizenry for the School, the University, the Flagstaff
community, Arizona and the profession.
Goal 5: Become the Nation's leading School of Nursing serving American Indians. (NAU Goal 6)
recognized nationally for the provision of educational opportunities for American
Indians, that incorporate strategies to
meet the unique needs and learning styles of American Indian students and that
are designed to meet the health care needs of the American Indian population
served by these graduates.
- Identify and remove barriers to
admission and retention within the resources of the School and the University.
- Increase American Indian admissions
and graduations in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Participate in the Pathways into
Health Initiative and bridge programs for recruiting American Indian students.
Goal 6: Provide leadership within the University and the state in the development, use and assessment of innovative teaching technologies and program delivery. (NAU Goal 7)
recognized as a leader in innovative program delivery models and the use of
distance learning technologies, and to provide state of the art educational
experiences for students in multiple learning environments.
- Facilitate the application of computer
and multi-media technology in instructional design and delivery to provide
learning centered distance education.
- Develop an infrastructure that is
data driven, based on evidence and one in which strategic decisions are
determined by research and data.
- Develop partnerships with community
colleges across the state of Arizona to provide innovative, effective and
affordable options for students to advance their education.
Goal 7: Ensure financial stability and growth. (NAU Goal 7)
recognized within the University community as fiscally responsible through such
practices that recruit and retain faculty, students and staff, by growing the
programs within the School of Nursing that meet the needs of the community,
state and profession, and to engage in the acquisition of grants or other
funding to underwrite School activities.
- Develop a strategy for ensuring adequate number
and mix of faculty.
- Develop an active alumni association.
- Develop a strategy of fund-raising.