The Department

Department Goals

The overall goals of the Department of Nursing reflect commitment to the mission of the Department and are congruent with the mission statements of the University and College. The ordering of the goals does not indicate a hierarchical priority; all goals are viewed as being important for actualizing the mission of the Department.

  • To prepare professional nurse generalists at the undergraduate level   who are capable of practicing in various settings, and who possess the   foundation for graduate study.
  • To prepare expert graduate level nurses in advanced nursing.
  • To offer a nursing curriculum using advanced informational technology.
  • To improve health care delivery.
  • To prepare faculty and graduates for the future needs of a global society, while integrating a humanistic understanding of diverse populations.
  • To use the expertise of faculty and students in providing public service activities.
  • To engage faculty and students in scholarly activities and to disseminate research findings for the benefit of society and the nursing discipline.


The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs at FHSU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC. 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide high quality, liberal arts based undergraduate education and graduate education based on the standards of professional nursing. A major commitment of the Department focuses on using unique methods of instruction to deliver quality nursing education opportunities throughout western Kansas. Computer and telecommunications technology are seen as integral components of the delivery methods needed to serve the instructional needs of diverse education and work environments in rural western Kansas. In addition, technology serves as a link between a rural culture of western Kansas and the culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse global community.

By providing quality nursing education opportunities in western Kansas, the Department of Nursing facilitates the provision of quality health care services and availability of resources in the region. In addition, the Department is committed to providing public service primarily for the local community and the western region of the state, by sharing the professional nursing expertise of faculty and students. Scholarly endeavors of faculty and students are also encouraged, in order to address societal needs and promote the nursing discipline.

Vision Statement

A nursing education program of excellence and distinction in this region of the US with graduates who are capable of caring for and changing the world.
This is accomplished through the work of a magnet faculty unit which fosters teamwork, empowerment, and shared discovery.

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