Mission, Vision, and Goals


Our mission is to provide a quality education to the diverse body of accountable, competent, critical thinking students who are preparing to function independently and collaboratively as nursing leaders in the changing world. The program provides and develops a nursing foundation which promotes holistic, evidence-based health care in a professional community. The faculty promotes the concept of lifelong learning based on scholarly teaching, research, and practice in service in order to maintain competence and achieve new competencies as the profession evolves.


The Department of Nursing will provide a professional educational program that will stimulate learners to promote, maintain and restore the health of individuals, diverse communities and the environment now and in the future through evidence-based practice and the use of technology.


The philosophy of the Department of Nursing is consistent with the mission and goals of Sam Houston State University. The concepts of persons, nursing, environment, health and learning are addressed in this philosophy. More →

Program Learning Outcomes for Graduates

  1. Integrate knowledge from liberal studies and nursing science to practice professional nursing, in a holistic caring manner.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate safe, quality patient care through collaboration with patients and members of the inter-professional health care delivery team in various health care settings.
  3. Demonstrate ethical accountability and legal responsibilities using cultural parameters and professional nursing standards of practice and care in order to provide care to individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  4. Use therapeutic communication in formal and informal interaction with patients, families, groups, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team in the delivery of nursing care.
  5. Demonstrate professional leadership and management skills while implementing safety principles in the delivery of nursing care.
  6. Base safe patient care upon evidence and clinical reasoning.
  7. Act as an advocate for both sick and healthy clients across the lifespan and for the nursing profession, reflecting current and changing health care systems, health policies, and global health care factors.
  8. Demonstrate accountability for lifelong learning and professional growth.
  9. Demonstrate competency with technology and information management in the delivery of safe care, while maintaining confidentiality and protecting patient rights.
  10. Collaborate with other professionals on the health care team to provide health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the lifespan for individuals, families, groups and populations.

Texas Board of Nursing Differentiated Essential Competencies