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Mission and Philosophy

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

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The State of Wyoming is predominantly rural with many towns and communities meeting the criteria of frontier. The University of Wyoming is the only institution in the state that offers baccalaureate and graduate education in nursing. As a leader in professional nursing, outreach, and rural health, the FWWSON programs are designed to address the health and nursing care needs of rural clients, families, and communities.

Professional nurses are caring, safe, and competent clinicians who communicate effectively. Professional nurses have a responsibility to provide client-centered care across the lifespan in collaboration with the client and members of the interprofessional team. Client advocacy is grounded in ethical principles that demonstrate respect for diversity and embrace cultural humility.

Graduates are evidence-based practitioners who manage data, information, and technology to inform and guide practice decisions. Professional nurses are committed to continued quality improvement in the delivery of health care. As leaders in the discipline, nurses participate in political and regulatory processes to improve and shape the future of health care delivery.

Health is an experience encompassing both wellness and illness. Health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction are critical elements in professional nursing care provided to clients, families, and communities.

Undergraduate and graduate nursing students are individuals who come with diverse learning needs and unique personal and professional goals. Faculty strive to empower students as self-directed learners through a teaching/learning partnership. Faculty assume a mentor role by modeling scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. Graduates are critical, inquiring, and independent thinkers in the life-long acquisition of knowledge. Graduates are creative, innovative leaders in the healthcare environment and committed to impacting healthcare wherever they practice their profession. [Approved 2/26/2014, FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting]


In the ever changing education and health care environment, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing embraces creativity and innovation through transformative learning experiences. [Approved 10/02/2013, FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting]


As a leader in professional nursing, outreach and rural health, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing educates, conducts research and provides service and practice for the purpose of improving, protecting and promoting health. [Approved 10/02/2013, FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting]


Social Responsibility:  We are dedicated to promoting equity, access and justice.  We also are committed to integrity and we remain true to our mission, we honor our commitments, and are trustworthy, authentic, respectful and accountable. 

Diversity:  We are committed to a diverse learning community that fosters intentional and respectful inclusion of psychological, physical, social, developmental and spiritual dimensions of all. 

Collaboration:  We are committed to collaborating with a variety of partners (individuals, families, institutions, communities and each other) and supporting one another where every voice is valued.

Excellence:  We value quality in teaching, research, service and practice.  We value work/life balance and strive to make the School of Nursing a positive, appreciative environment for students, staff, faculty and others.

Creativity and Innovation:  We value a creative atmosphere which facilitates innovation/initiative, embraces new ideas and opinions and challenges the status quo.  We strive to create, lead and respond quickly to opportunities for meaningful change and innovation in education, practice and research. 

Leadership:  Through integrity, diversity, collaboration, excellence, and creativity and innovation, we are committed to transformational leadership.  In order to transform nursing, health care and education, we employ synergistic partnerships, critical self-awareness and dialogue, strategic vision and empowerment. 

[Approved 10/02/2013, FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting]

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