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Mission, Vision & Core Values


Mission statement

The Department of Nursing subscribes to the mission of St. Ambrose University and the College of Health and Human Services as a premiere Midwestern nursing program, preparing nurses who are ready to advance the health and wellness of our communities.


We honor our history of dedication, compassion, and strength as the foundation of our core values. We will investigate and interact in the dynamic health care arena to keep our faculty and our students at the forefront of nursing. We embrace the pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and future thinking.


Core Values


Excellence in education is achieved through innovative teaching-learning strategies that empower students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become safe, accountable, and professional nurses.  Students engage in scholarly activities to promote EBP (Evidence Based Practice) and optimal client outcomes as a foundation for excellence in nursing.

Environment of Learning 

Our student-focused environment of learning is based on mutual respect, where ideas are shared with civility, differences are celebrated, and actions are guided by caring. This environment of intellectual exploration and discovery is enhanced by inter-professional collaboration


The St. Ambrose University curriculum incorporates the paradigms of caring, coaching, educating, and advocating in diverse settings to prepare our graduates for future nursing roles.  The St. Ambrose University faculty strive to deliver an innovative curriculum that is rich in experiential learning, embraces changes, and shapes emerging strategies in health care delivery.

Whole Person Caring 

All facets of a person's being have value. Students and faculty partner with clients to individualize strategies that optimize physical, spiritual, psychosocial, and cultural health.


Faculty and students impact the health of the greater Quad Cities community through their commitment to service. Recognition of and response to community needs are part of experiential learning. These experiences promote lifelong awareness of service needs and healthcare resources at regional, national, and global levels.