Why Nursing at CSB/SJU?

The comprehensive nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and prepares the nurse generalist to practice safely and effectively in all health care environments. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on leadership, diversity, evidence-based practice, and care of the older adult. As an academic major in a practice discipline, nursing students have opportunities to apply principles and concepts from the liberal arts and nursing science to the provision of nursing care for individuals across the lifespan, families and communities.

CSB/SJU offers a range of learning environments suited to development of the professional nurse including classroom, nursing laboratory, and clinical settings. Nursing faculty have high expectations for student professional behavior and continuously strive to develop challenging learning situations, such as with simulated learning, to represent actual care situations.

Mission Statement

The mission of the department of nursing is to provide the finest baccalaureate nursing education informed by an understanding of the human health condition, Catholic principles, and Benedictine traditions and values. Faculty and students integrate the liberal arts and sciences with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, professional nursing values and standards.

Vision Statement

The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University department of nursing expects to be at the forefront in the areas of professionalism, quality, innovation, and leadership. We envision a strong emphasis on intercultural competence and undergraduate research, particularly through opportunities to study abroad and partnered scholarly inquiry. 

Core Values

As the Department of Nursing moves forward with its mission and vision, it is guided by the following core values. These values are grounded in Catholic principles and Benedictine traditions, the liberal arts, and professional nursing values and standards. The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Department of Nursing values...

  • Leadership as a mindset embracing vision, courage, and integrity to inspire others to take action to promote social justice and the common good; we apply leadership concepts and skills in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for collaborative care delivery in a variety of settings.
  • Professionalism as we consistently demonstrate and apply principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, and accountability in all areas of care in order to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes in individuals, families, and communities (AACN, 2008).
  • Scholarship as contributing to knowledge development through research, analysis, and application of evidence-based practice and dissemination of findings to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes and advancement of the profession.
  • Global Citizenship where we become aware of the wider world and a sense of role as a world citizen; respects and values diversity; has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally (From: http://www.globalcitizens.org/).
  • Innovation as we explore, experiment, develop, and apply transformative pedagogies and care practices for the preparation of the future generations of nurses who will lead the utilization and integration of technology in health care. 

Program Goals

Program Goal 1: Provide an exceptional educational experience where students integrate Benedictine values, liberal arts, and nursing science as a basis for entry-level nursing practice and graduate study.

•   Program (Curriculum) Outcome 1.1: Provide quality and safe nursing care across the levels of prevention.

•   Program (Curriculum) Outcome 1.2: Apply transformational leadership principles in the coordination and delivery of health care.

•   Program (Curriculum) Outcome 1.3: Apply principles of global citizenship to advocate for and improve health care. 

Program Goal 2: Provide a supportive environment for an engaged, innovative, and collaborative faculty team who is invested in baccalaureate nursing education.

•   Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.1: Demonstrate effective teaching and curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation using innovative and evidence-based strategies.

•   Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.2: Engage in scholarship and creative work that is publicly accessible and enhances teaching effectiveness and/or advances the discipline of nursing.

•   Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.3: Assist students to explore choices, learning opportunities, and resources that support their professional goals.

•   Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.4: Actively contribute to department and college governance and other community service activities.

•   Program (Faculty) Outcome 2.5: Establish a professional identity that integrates the activities of teaching, advising, scholarship/creative work, and service with the individual's strengths, personal professional goals, and the mission of the college [university].