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Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Outcomes


The St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University will provide supportive and creative educational programs, which inspire those who teach and those who learn, based on mutual respect and a commitment to contribute to the health of individuals, families, populations, communities and the environment worldwide.


Preparing the next generation of nurses to improve health care.

(The St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University educates and prepares graduates, using innovative teaching strategies and state-of-the-art technology. Graduates provide ethical, safe, and effective patient-centered care and contribute to present and emerging research and health management practices. Graduates demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, collaborate as members and leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams, and utilize scientifically-based interventions. As caring professional nurses, graduates manage illness; promote, maintain, and restore health; and provide end-of-life care for diverse individuals, families, populations, and global communities across the lifespan.)


In pursuing excellence in nursing education, we the faculty and staff of the St. David’s School of Nursing are guided by shared values. We believe in:

  • Educational opportunities which provide for intellectual and professional growth and that challenge students to excel in nursing
  • A holistic approach to nursing education across the continuum of health and the lifespan
  • Diversity and a spirit of inclusiveness with respect for the dignity of every person
  • Cultivation of character and civility through the modeling of honesty, integrity, caring, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior
  • Teaching and learning based on student involvement and free exchange of ideas and diverse perspectives
  • Research, scholarship, and creative activity as a source for evidence-based practice and generation of new knowledge and an expression of the human spirit
  • Commitment to public service and advocacy as a resource for personal, educational, cultural, and economic development in promotion of a healthy environment
  • Thoughtful reflection, collaboration, planning, and evaluation of diverse and changing healthcare needs, practices, and resources
  • Professional competency, systematic use of the nursing process, leadership, clinical judgment and lifelong learning leading to ethical, safe, quality patient care
  • Interprofessional activity facilitating the advancement of science and positive patient outcomes
  • Providing recognition that is balanced and acknowledging faculty and students for excellence in teaching, practice and scholarship.


We the faculty are committed to:

  • Graduate well-prepared Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students who are able to obtain Registered Nurse licensure and function at the beginning practice level
  • Equip nursing graduates to adapt to rapid changes in healthcare delivery and practice
  • Build a foundation for nursing graduates to pursue excellence in practice and national recognition
  • Provide programs at the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and/or the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) levels
  • Pursue funding to promote diversity in the admission and graduation of students
  • Develop an overall plan for faculty scholarship
  • Provide faculty access to professional development
  • Partner with University Advancement to support a sustainable plan for nursing programs
  • Assess, identify and develop a plan to address community needs
  • Foster educational partnerships with community organizations for academic programs

Nursing Program Student Educational Outcomes

At the completion of the BSN program, a graduate of the St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University will be able to:
  • Facilitate safe, holistic and effective patient/family centered care outcomes through use of evidence-based research and other science-based frameworks to promote and maintain health, prevent disease, and manage illness.
  • Demonstrate professional accountability and responsibility for nursing judgments and actions within an ethical and legal framework, utilizing the most current knowledge.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the provision and coordination of safe, cost effective and high quality nursing care.
  • Advocate for patients, families, communities, and the nursing profession, applying values and utilizing an ethical framework, clinical reasoning, and cultural competence.
  • Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, educate, mitigate error and support decision making.
  • Provide entry-level professional nursing care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Promote a culture of caring to provide holistic, compassionate, culturally competent care.
  • Function effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care.

At the completion of the MSN program, a graduate of the St. David’s School of Nursing will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations.
  2. Incorporate current and emerging genetic/genomic evidence as well as biopsycho-ecological paradigms in providing advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and communities while accounting for patient values and clinical judgment.
  3. Design nursing care for a clinical or community-focused population based on biopsychosocial, public health, nursing, and organizational sciences.
  4. Evaluate the nutritional, vitamin, supplemental, herbal interventions in individuals, groups, and communities.
  5. Apply ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to assess, intervene, and evaluate advanced nursing care delivery.
  6. Synthesize evidence for practice to determine appropriate application of interventions across diverse populations.
  7. Use quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals and communities.
  8. Integrate organizational science and informatics to make changes in the care environment to improve health outcomes.
  9. Analyze nursing history to expand thinking and provide a sense of professional heritage and identity.
  10. Synthesize integrative practices based on biopsychoneurological scientific underpinnings, cognitive neuroscience, and psychoneuroimmunology.