Mission and Vision

Weber State University Mission

Weber State University provides associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, technical and professional fields. Encouraging freedom of expression and valuing diversity, the university provides excellent educational experiences for students through extensive personal contact among faculty, staff and students in and out of the classroom. Through academic programs, research, artistic expression, public service and community-based learning, the university serves as an educational, cultural and economic leader for the region.

WSU Mission Core Themes

With the purpose of continuously improving the university in pursuit of the mission, the University Planning Council interpreted the mission as having three fundamental themes:

  • The ACCESS theme directs the university to provide access to academic programs in liberal arts, sciences, technical and professional fields.
  • The LEARNING theme directs the university to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment that encourages learning and leads students' success.
  • The COMMUNITY theme directs the university to support and improve the local community through educational, economic and public service partnerships and cultural and athletic events.

For more detailed information regarding the University's Mission Statement and Core Themes, go to http://www.weber.edu/universityplanning/mission_and_core_themes.html

School of Nursing Mission

The School of Nursing’s mission statement supports the mission of Weber State University (WSU) and the Dumke College of Health Professions (DCHP). The WSU School of Nursing’s mission is unique to the nursing profession and is designed to prepare nurses at the associate’s,  bachelor’s and master’s degree levels while offering an academic setting wherein safe patient-centered care, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, teamwork and collaboration, and informatics are core values. To achieve this mission the School of Nursing (SON) prepares graduates who will competently practice nursing within a complex local, national, and international environment, understand the significance of evolving healthcare technology, and apply both professional and ethical principles with sensitivity to the diverse needs of individuals, groups, and communities.

School of Nursing Support of WSU Mission Core Themes

The ACCESS core theme:

  • Development of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs that are responsive to student and industry needs
  • Students can earn degrees and certificates using innovative online, hybrid and face-to-face models
  • Graduate programs that prepare students to enter doctoral education
  • Curricula and program models that support the working adult
  • Student enrollment opportunities that include rural areas and neighboring states where limited undergraduate and graduate programs exist

The LEARNING core theme:

  • Students participate in residency and clinical experiences that connect them to the real world of nursing, administration and education
  • Students have continuous online and personal contact with faculty, staff and other students
  • Students have access to all WSU student services
  • Students achieve the program learning goals and competencies associated with their program of study
  • Faculty engage in creative and scholarly activity to enhance pedagogy
  • Faculty strives to foster knowledge creation, free inquiry and free expression for students through open discourse

The COMMUNITY core theme:

  • The School of Nursing (SON) contributes to education at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate level and encourages the seeking of professional development for its students
  • The SON promotes preparation for higher education by adhering to the Career Ladder model
  • The SON shares in local community events to bring nursing to the people of Ogden and the Wasatch front
  • The SON facilitates community development through public service
  • The SON includes the public members as advisors to the SON

School of Nursing Vision and Philosophy

Our vision is to lead the nation in innovative learning environments which incorporate technology, challenge learners, develop educators, and transform health care worldwide. Our vision statement is future-oriented and supports the mission and philosophy of WSU SON.

The WSU nursing faculty articulates a philosophy for the School of Nursing that is consistent with that of the university and the Dumke College of Health Professions. The philosophy statements define the faculty’s core values as they relate to professional nursing education and practice. These core values include: Excellence in nursing education and practice; respect for self and the diversity found within others; the creation of an inclusive environment in which students can learn the practice of nursing; organizational and personal accountability; and the promotion of a learning and nursing practice environment that exhibits integrity in both choice and action. 

WSU School of Nursing Career Ladder Model

Meeting the complex healthcare needs of a global society requires varying patterns and levels of nursing education and practice. The WSU School of Nursing’s approach to nursing education offers four separate but coordinated programs of study: Associate Degree Nursing, PN to RN (AS/AAS), Bachelor of Science Nursing, and Master of Science Nursing. Each program level prepares the graduate to either practice nursing or provide leadership within increasingly complex roles and broader levels of autonomy. This progression model, or career-ladder nursing education model, affords the nursing student, each with a unique set of life challenges, the opportunity to engage in life-long learning and expand within his or her professional, cultural, personal, and social roles.

The WSU School of Nursing offers multi-levels of undergraduate preparation, as well as graduate preparation in nursing administration and nursing education. To fulfill the program’s primary goals, its curricular framework combines coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with those required within the nursing curriculum.

School of Nursing Outcomes

Outcomes are developed as performance indicators which give evidence that the WSU School of Nursing is meeting the mission and goals set by administration and faculty. Documentation of outcomes shows the effectiveness of the educational program and serves to guide maintenance and revision of components of the School of Nursing. SON outcomes have been developed using the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) criteria as guidelines. SON outcomes are consistent with the mission and philosophy of WSU, DCHP, and the SON.

At the completion of their program of learning, the following outcomes will be achieved: 

Outcome #1: 80% of the School of Nursing students will graduate from their programs within 150% of the stated length of the program.
Outcome #2: 80% of the ADN graduates taking the NCLEX exam will score at or above the national mean. The School of Nursing’s 3-year mean for NCLEX exam pass rates will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period.
Outcome #3:  80% of School of Nursing graduates seeking employment will be involved in role related professional practice within 6-12 months of graduation as reported on the SON Alumni Survey.
Outcome #4: 80% of School of Nursing graduate respondents will rate their overall satisfaction with their program of learning (ADN, BSN, MSN) at or above 3.0 out of 5.0 on the SON End of Program Evaluation Surveys.
Outcome #5: 80% of School of Nursing graduate respondents will rate their overall program of learning satisfaction at or above 3.0 out of 5.0 on the SON Alumni Survey 6-12 months following graduation.
Outcome #6: 80% of nursing employers will rate their overall satisfaction with WSU School of Nursing graduates at or above 3.0 out of 5.0 on the SON Employer Survey.