The University of Akron School of Nursing will be a leading influence in transforming community health through social advocacy and innovative partnerships in education, research, and service.

The School of Nursing, an integral part of The University of Akron, accepts the responsibility for promoting the general mission of the University, which is dissemination and pursuit of knowledge, the nurturing of intellectual curiosity, the search for truth and a conscious effort to serve the (nursing) student in the urban and rural community.

The School of Nursing faculty believe that the foci of professional nursing are individuals, families and communities.

The Individual is seen as a complex whole whose existence involves patterns, dynamic change, transformation and interdependence.  The individual interrelates within the environment in biological, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and other dimensions.  The individual is unique and universal.  The individual is a thinking, feeling, interacting, evolving, creating, valuing being.

Families are individuals dynamically connected with each other over time in traditional and non-traditional configurations.

Communities are groups of people with one or more common characteristics who are in relationship to one another and may or may not interact.

Health is comparative, dynamic, multidimensional and has personal meaning.  It includes disease, non-disease and quality of life.  People have the right to participate in decisions affecting and effecting personal health.

Environment includes all living and non-living dimensions with which the individual, family and community have interrelationships.  The dynamic environmental interrelations define and establish rules for health and modes of action.

Nursing is an art and a science.  The discipline of nursing is concerned with individual, family, and community and their responses to health within the context of the changing health care environment. Professional nursing includes the appraisal and the enhancement of health.  Personal meanings of health are understood in the nursing situation within the context of familial, societal and cultural meanings.  The professional nurse uses knowledge from theories and research in nursing and other disciplines in providing nursing care  The role of the nurse involves the exercise of social, cultural and political responsibilities, including accountability for professional actions, provision of quality nursing care and community involvement.

Education is an individualized, life-long process.  Learning includes the individual's interrelations with the environment, knowledge and skill acquisition, development of critical thinking, and self awareness.  Self-expression enables the student to respond to clients who have unique human values and cultural heritage.  Each nursing student brings attitudes, beliefs, values, feelings, knowledge and experience into the learning environment.  These variables influence learning that occurs through continual construction and reconstruction of experiences in relation to environmental influences.

Nursing education at the baccalaureate level synthesizes knowledge from nursing, humanities, social, cultural, physical, and natural sciences to operationalize clinical decision making.  The student is prepared to function as a nurse generalist in a variety of settings.  Faculty and students continually seek to refine the commitment to an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.  Students are encouraged to become self-directed, collaborative, interdependent and independent.  These variables are the foundation for life-long learning and professional development.

Nursing education at the master's level builds upon baccalaureate nursing education and provides foundation for doctoral study.  Graduate education prepares advanced practice nurses with expertise in critical thinking and decision making, effective communication, and therapeutic interventions through a variety of learning experiences.  Master of Science in Nursing students analyze and use theoretical formulations and research findings in advanced practice.