Mission and Philosophy


To uphold a tradition of excellence in the preparation of registered nurses who can practice as generalists in a diverse spectrum of health care settings.


Nursing fosters the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health in wellness and illness across the lifespan. As a professional discipline, nursing entails both independent and collaborative care, which are based on caring behaviors, scientific knowledge, ethical-legal principles, clinical competencies, the nursing process, and critical thinking skills. Nursing is actualized through the roles of provider, manager, leader, educator, communicator, client advocate, and team member within the health profession.

Nursing education is a collaborative, developmental learning process built on the biological and social sciences that enables students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to practice the profession of nursing. The design of the program takes into account the needs of the students, the changing directions of health care, the advancements in technology, and the health care consumer and community. Students receive a broad-based academic and clinical education through concurrent theory and clinical practice that prepares them to function as a beginning practitioner within a variety of health care settings.

The teaching-learning process is viewed as a partnership between the learner and educator in which the faculty acts as a facilitator, role model, mentor, and resource. The faculty strives to promote professional development, to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and a desire for life-long learning, and to uphold the Watts tradition of nursing excellence.

Watts School of Nursing does not discriminate in the educational program or activities of the School on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age.