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The Mission



The MSSU Department of Nursing offers an innovative baccalaureate education through an inclusive, respectful, and supportive environment in which faculty and students’ partner in the learning process to serve clients within local and global communities.  


Graduates of the MSSU Department of Nursing will be knowledgeable, adaptable professionals who recognize the uniqueness and value of each client, serves as a client advocate, and demonstrates visionary leadership.  

Values/Curricular Threads

Servant leader

A student nurse who brings life experiences to the clinical situation. These life experiences enable the student nurse to notice and interpret the client’s pattern of responses to health and illness, communicate compassionately, engage with the client’s concerns, and collaborate with members of the health care team to respond appropriately.  The student nurse leader is a systems thinker who puts people first and leads with foresight and moral authority.  


A student nurse who is respectful of clients, accountable for own learning, and motivated by immediate application of knowledge to solve client problems and advocate for quality care


A student nurse who notices each client’s unique patterns of responses to health and illness and promotes acceptance, respect, and support within the clinical situation.  


A student nurse who uses a variety of experiences, knowledge, reasoning patterns, and intuition to notice, interpret, and respond appropriately to dynamic clinical situations. 


A caring and competent student nurse who views nursing as an art and a science, linking nursing science to humanity in clinical situations.      


A student nurse who is an independent, reflective learner utilizing information and skills obtained through experiences and education to deliver and improve nursing care.


The faculty of the Missouri Southern State University Department of Nursing believe:  

Person:  The person is an autonomous, unique and multidimensional being with inherent integrity and values, capable of caring, growing, and learning.  A person can be expanded to include the family or community.    

Health and Illness: A person’s health and illness are influenced by emotional and physical factors, socioeconomic situation, geographical setting, culture, and acuity of care.  

Clinical Situation:  Nursing practice is an art and a science that occurs within a clinical48794847773_ced4aeb6c8_c.jpg situation. Engagement with the client allows the nurse to notice and interpret patterns of health and illness, allowing the nurse to respond with individualized nursing interventions.  

Nursing Education:  General education supports development of the nurse as a global citizen with an appreciation of art, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Baccalaureate nursing education prepares the graduate nurse through theoretical and clinical education in diverse settings and provides the basis for advanced practice. 

Clinical Judgement:  Clinical judgment requires the ability to recognize aspects of a clinical situation, interpret the meaning and respond appropriately.   

Nurse:  The nurse enters the clinical situation with life and educational experiences, which are foundational to clinical judgement and provision of inclusive client care.  The nurse’s vision of holistic care stems from knowing and recognizing the client’s unique patterns of responses within the clinical situation. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  • deliver quality professional nursing care based upon knowledge and skills obtained throughout the nursing educational experience. 
  • practice in a variety of clinical situations using reasoning patterns and nursing intuition at the level of an advanced beginner. 
  • recognize the importance of ongoing, reflective, and independent learning throughout the professional nursing career.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate leadership principles through client-centered care, teamwork, and collaboration. 
  • Differentiate professional implications (behaviors, standards, regulations) with respect to safe, ethical, quality, and evidence-based care.
  • Provide inclusive holistic nursing care to promote health and prevent disease in all populations.
  • Demonstrate adaptability by anticipating and responding to client needs to manage care in a variety of clinical situations.
  • Apply evidence-based practice in the delivery of quality, client-centered care. 
  • Integrate a variety of technology and information technology to communicate, manage, and support clinical decision-making.
  • Prioritize clinical actions by noticing, interpreting, responding, & reflecting on clinical findings.