School of Nursing Mission, Vision, Goals, and Philosophy


Ball State University School of Nursing will be a model of excellence in nursing education, locally and globally, as a learner-centered academic community that advances nursing knowledge and practice to impact health care outcomes of populations.

Approved by Faculty Organization: 05/04/15

Mission Statement

Ball State University School of Nursing is an innovative, challenging, and transformative academic community that inspires students by:

  • Offering evidence-based interactive, transdisciplinary, and collaborative learning, including immersive clinical and culturally diverse experiences.   
  • Providing access to faculty and professional practice experts who advance nursing knowledge, research, collaborative evidence-based practice, excellence in teaching, and applied technology.  
  • Facilitating the transformation of information into knowledge, knowledge into clinical judgment, and clinical judgment into nursing action that addresses complex health problems in individuals and populations.
  • Engaging with local, state, national, and international communities to enhance quality of life, reduce health disparities, and improve access to care delivery.

Approved by Faculty Organization: 05/04/15


The School of Nursing will:

  • Promote academic excellence through high-quality learning experiences.
  • Engage in diverse forms of scholarship to add to the body of evidence for nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with local, state, national, and international agencies and organizations to create and sustain mutual trust and mutually beneficial relationships.  
  • Enhance learning environments and the culture of the School through creative and innovative technology strategies that are fiscally sound.

Approved by Faculty Organization: 05/04/15

Philosophy of Nursing

The faculty in the School of Nursing adopt the mission of Ball State University including the core values of the discovery of knowledge, integration of learning experiences, and civic and professional leadership. The philosophy of the School of Nursing consists of three elements: humans and their interaction with the environment, nursing, and values of the faculty.


Humans are physical, psycho-emotional, sociocultural, and spiritual beings. They are in continuous interaction with the environment. People's decisions about health are influenced by their physical and mental health, gender, age, socioeconomic status, ethnic, and racial origin as well as sexual orientation. Nurses recognize the individual's influential factors that affect health and provide care within the context of family, significant others, community, and the society.


Nursing is a profession whose function is to promote health of people through helping them to be active participants in health care, maintain the right to self-determination, and ensure adequate provision of information. Nurses use education, research, service, and involvement in health care policies to promote health, reduce risks, prevent disease and disability, and meet the individuals' self-care deficits. Nurses help manage wellness, restore the optimal functioning after illness, and provide comfort and support during end of life. Nursing is a profession that is guided by the ANA code of ethics and standards of practice. Nurses are engaged in the development of scientific knowledge and use of technological resources that will advance the profession. Nurses work with consumers independently and in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Further, professional nurses are engaged in leadership at the local, state, national, and international health-related organizations.

Values of the Faculty

Faculty are dedicated to the belief that every individual has the right to holistic and nondiscriminatory health care that is based upon worth and dignity of all people. Faculty recognize diversity of values, culture, and ethnicity, and provide learning opportunities for students with culturally diverse populations. Faculty uphold professional ethics when working with students, staff, faculty, other professionals, and people in the community.

Approved by Faculty Organization: 04/18/16

Philosophy of Education

The School of Nursing is a learning community that builds on a foundation of liberal arts, humanities, and sciences to develop clinical skills and judgment required to practice professional nursing. Faculty believe in student success. The faculty believe that students are responsible for their own learning with faculty to facilitate the learning process. Faculty are committed to providing an environment which assists students to reach their potential, promote intellectual interest, critical thinking, development of professional values, and a commitment to life-long learning. Within a milieu of mutual respect, students and faculty participate collaboratively in a venture of inquiry and investigation, learning, creativity, and service. Faculty are responsible for designing and implementing teaching strategies that help facilitate students' learning. Evaluation of the student performance is a continuous process and utilizes established criteria. Student success is promoted by supportive faculty advisement, remedial work, and/or referral to counseling services. Faculty enhance the learning process by maintaining current knowledge in the discipline of nursing and integrating research and service into nursing education.

Approved by Faculty Organization: 04/18/16