Mission, Vision, and Goals


Advance knowledge, prepare and inspire nurses to meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations in a dynamic environment.


Set the standard in nursing education to shape the profession and transform communities.


The Sam Houston State University (SHSU) School of Nursing (SON) faculty believes nurses promote safe, caring and healing environments that influence the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. The profession of Nursing builds on a foundation of studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Nursing is in a constant state of evolution. The process of learning provides a necessary foundation for the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. SON graduates demonstrate critical thinking and evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, quality patient care.

Learning is a complex, life-long process that is unique for each individual. SHSU School of Nursing's faculty, staff and students engage in a climate of civility. The faculty facilitates the teaching-learning process. Faculty are dedicated and committed to providing learning experiences in a supportive environment. The student's role is to actively participate in learning activities and become accountable professionals. Faculty and students are involved in the community, contributing to the development of the profession through leadership, research, and evidence-based practice. The SHSU graduate nurse is well prepared to provide patient-centered care and advocate for patient safety as a member of the professional health care team.

Collaborative relationships with the community are highly valued in the nursing education. The SON exemplifies the SHSU motto "A measure of a life is its service" through community and engagement and excellence in nursing education and practice.

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