Mission, Vision, & Philosophy

Mission Statement

Rooted in Franciscan Values, faculty engage a diverse community of learners to serve society holistically as compassionate, professional nurse leaders.

Philosophy Statement

Guided by Franciscan Values and Catholic Social Teaching, the University of Saint Francis nursing educational experience offers a foundation for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for professional nursing practice, leadership and service within an ever-evolving technological and diverse world.


Nursing is an art and a science that is proactive and responsive to the needs of individuals, groups, and communities across the life span in a variety of settings. Nursing knowledge is derived from nursing practice, theory, and research. Nursing care is patient centered, utilizing collaboration with patients, families, and other disciplines.  The nursing process, guided by evidence-based practice, is used to empower patients in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and management of illness and disease.


  1. promote optimal health through critical thinking, practice of independent nursing activities, effective communication and use of information and health care technologies
  2. engage in addressing health needs of individuals, families, groups, communities, and society
  3. are leaders who work in interprofessional teams to provide optimal healthcare
  4. commit to legal, ethical, and moral conduct and are accountable to their profession, society, and their patients
  5. improve healthcare systems by advocating for policies that foster peace and justice for all individuals
  6. engage in interactive life-long learning that enables them to think critically, creatively, and to adapt to change
  7. are active, self-directed, goal-oriented, and responsible for decisions involving their own learning

Nurse Educators

  1. facilitate the learning process across all educational levels (associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral) by creating an environment that stimulates critical reflection, respects knowledge and experience and learning needs of a diverse community of learners
  2. foster the growth of learners toward their full personal and professional potential through an environment of open communication, mutual trust, collaboration and caring
  3. actively engage in the scholarship of teaching, application, integration and discovery


Person includes individuals, families, communities, and society. Each person is a valuable creation of God who has inherent worth and dignity. Persons are relational, holistic beings with physical, emotional and spiritual needs. All have the right to make informed decisions regarding their health.


Health is a dynamic state in which persons are able to set goals, mobilize energy to meet goals and attain or maintain effective relationships with others. Health is influenced by perceptions, culture, values, beliefs and experiences.


The environment is a unique, dynamic and constantly changing context within which persons exist. The environment includes social, cultural, natural and circumstantial factors that influence those within it. The relationship between the environment and health can be positively impacted by nursing.