Program mission statement

The nursing program at Saint Martin's University is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of its students and others through the core values of faith, reason, service and community. It empowers its students to pursue lifelong learning, accomplishment and fulfillment as nurses and human persons.

Program goals, objectives and outcomes

The nursing program is committed to providing an academic environment congruent with its mission and that of the university. Rooted in the liberal arts, its curriculum cultivates creativity and the ability to communicate and pursue ideas; critical thinking and independent inquiry; academic excellence; the formation of sound ethical judgments; and service to humanity. The program prepares nurses to:

  • provide evidence-based care for a diverse and aging population that contributes to safe and high quality patient outcomes
  • face the challenges associated with working with new technology and informatics
  • create innovative changes to improve the delivery of health care
  • promote inter-professional collaboration
  • understand the research process and translate evidence into practice
  • provide leadership in the workplace, community and profession
  • influence policies, laws and regulations that promote nursing practice and improve the health care system

Graduates of the RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin's University will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Integrates knowledge from a liberal arts and sciences education into nursing practice
  • Provides leadership to foster high quality health care, improve patient safety, and develop initiatives to enable heathcare system change
  • Translates research into evidence-based practice
  • Uses informatics, patient care technologies and electronic tools across the continuum of health care settings to promote nursing practice and quality patient care
  • Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare policy and the legal, economic, political and socio-cultural factors at the local, state, national and global levels that affect the healthcare system and nursing profession
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively to facilitate inter-professional patient-centered care
  • Applies principles of health promotion and disease prevention to improve the health of individuals and populations
  • Develops professional and ethical values that guide decision-making
  • Practices with individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the lifespan and the continuum of care, with respect for cultural diversity and the autonomy of the individual who is a full partner in the decision-making