Creighton University College of Nursing offers values-centered educational programs that provide opportunities and guidance for students to develop their intellectual, spiritual and physical potential, as well as master the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice at an entry, advanced generalist or advanced specialty level. These programs are designed to prepare nurses whose roles are to provide comfort and dignity in life and death and to promote, maintain or restore health, not as an end in itself, but as a means to a life that is meaningful and manageable.
This mission is in concert with the Jesuit mission statement of Creighton University. We foster a learning environment in which we assist students as they mature as members of the human community and the nursing profession; become capable of critical and creative thinking, thoughtful reflection on ethical and moral responsibilities; and develop new solutions that foster social justice.
The faculty creates curricula that address the comprehensive health needs of individuals, families and populations. The bachelor’s program prepares generalists for first-level professional positions and provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The master’s program prepares clinicians who are capable of advanced generalist practice—such as clinical nurse leaders—or advanced specialty practice—such as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists.
The doctoral program prepares nursing leaders who are capable of improving healthcare through advanced specialty practice and selectively contributing to the development of nursing practice, theory and science; collaborating with scholars from other disciplines in the application of evidence-based research findings; and designing, managing and evaluating clinical practices and organizational systems.
Research is integral to the faculty role for the purpose of generating new knowledge, translating research findings and evidence into practice and ultimately improving the quality of nursing care, education and management. Commitment to nursing research is demonstrated through a structure that provides opportunities for both collaborative and interdisciplinary research activities.
The faculty regards service to the community as a responsibility that is demonstrated through active participation in a variety of professional endeavors at the local, state and national levels. Faculty members, serving as role models for future nurses, actively participate in professional and community organizations in order to provide direction for the nursing profession and health-related agencies. This participation is particularly intended to exemplify the belief that access to quality healthcare should be available to all people.
The Creighton University College of Nursing personifies the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). We are committed to:
- Finding God in All Things: Through events like the Call to Nursing and the Blessing of the Hands, nursing students are invited to see God’s beauty in every patient they encounter
- Women and Men for and with Others: Our nursing students serve the local and global community by volunteering in places such as the Dominican Republic or the Porto Clinic within the Heart Ministry Center in Omaha, which serves the city’s poorest citizens
- Faith that Does Justice: Through events such as Project Homeless Connect, our faculty, staff and students seek justice that is grounded in faith in God and the dignity of all people
- Cura Personalis: This Latin phrase, which means “care for the person,” is embodied in all that we do in nursing by providing care for the mind, body and spirit