Mission & Vision


To educate students; advance the discipline of nursing through research, scholarship and practice; provide service responsive to the health care needs of diverse populations; and demonstrate local, national and international leadership.


The Rutgers School of Nursing will be a national and global leader in nursing education, research and scholarship, and clinical care contributing to the improvement of health.

Key Goals

At Rutgers School of Nursing, all of our efforts flow from and point toward excellence in five key focus areas — education, research, service, practice, and leadership. Continue reading to learn more about how we integrate these principles into everything we do.

» Uphold Rutgers School of Nursing’s reputation as a leader in best educational practices and an innovator in preparing students for practice within complex and changing systems to improve the health of the populations served.

» Create a student-centered learning environment that is responsive to changing educational and socio-political trends, and also develops nurses who see themselves as leaders in health care systems, policy, etc.

» Integrate innovative teaching and learning strategies that promote learning responsive to the needs of diverse populations and health care settings for our students, clinical partners, faculty, and community clients.

» Provide leadership and participation in collaborative, inter-professional education (IPE).

» Provide excellence in research and scholarship that contributes to the health and well-being of diverse populations.

» Foster research initiatives that generate, test, and refine disciplinary knowledge and interdisciplinary or inter-professional knowledge and also inform health policy at the local, state, national, and global levels.

» Design interventions that reduce inequities, enhance patient safety and quality outcomes, promote health and comfort and reduce suffering.

» Articulate areas of research concentration that reflect faculty expertise and scholarship and help advance the national health agenda; signature areas for research include patient and person-centered care, self-management, and symptom management.

» Develop strategies that increase team research including participation of clinical faculty, students, other disciplines, and community partners in ongoing research activities.

» Expand areas of expertise and influence in selected research methodologies, such as systematic reviews and community-based participatory research.

» Contribute to the body of knowledge in areas of patient centered care, self-care management, and symptom management.

» Become the “go-to” School of Nursing for expertise and influence in unique research methodologies such as systematic research reviews and community-based participatory research and use of large datasets for population health improvement.

» Develop collaborative partnerships with New Jersey communities and health professional scholars to improve care outcomes and enhance educational opportunities for students within a variety of practice settings.

» Foster collaborative research opportunities for students and faculty to contribute to improving cost effective, high quality, patient/person centric health care outcomes for all.

» Partner with health care settings to design educational and research experiences that enrich the environment of care and foster curriculum innovation.

» Provide leadership at the local, national, and global levels that ensures the public has access to quality, safe, and cost-effective health care.

» Maintain and expand access to clinical services through the Federally Qualified Health Center, Rutgers Community Health Center.

» Integrate ethical principles that ensure the rights and privileges of all humans to health care that is sensitive to preserving the human dignity of all persons.

» Explore the impact of social determinants of health on health and wellness of populations served in community-centered practice.

» Leverage the School of Nursing’s strengths to create positive change in health care delivery, health policy, and population health outcomes.

» Develops and implements evidence-based leadership in order to lead change.

» Demonstrates leadership in inter-professional practice and education. 

» Foster workforce and team engagement through demonstration in research and clinical practice.

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