Department of Nursing Mission Statement (March 2014)

The mission for the Department of Nursing is to provide professional nursing education for a diverse student population by promoting student centered and culturally enriched environments which foster students success; To utilize healthcare partnerships which expand learning experiences across North Central Montana and beyond.

ASN Mission Statement (March 2014)

The mission for the ASN Program is to provide the novice nursing students with a high quality nursing program that challenges them both personally and professionally in a variety of collaborative clinical settings in the community. We enhance the student's learning within a student centered and culturally enriched environment and prepare the student to be an advanced beginner in the profession of nursing.

RN to BSN Completion Program (March 2014)

The mission of the Montana State University-Northern RN to BSN Completion Program is to offer an online nursing program of professional development which assists the RN to grow personally and professionally. The RN to BSN courses build on the student's knowledge and experience as a registered nurse, enhancing skills in community health, research and leadership roles as she/he moves along the practice continuum from advanced beginner/competent to expert.

Department of Nursing Philosophy

We believe:

Professional nursing is a practice-based discipline which incorporates knowledge from the humanities and biological, psychological, social and physical sciences with nursing knowledge and theory to provide optimal health care to individuals, families, and communities. Professional nursing practice utilizes the nursing process, critical thinking and clinical decision making skills, cultural awareness, therapeutic communication, and evidence-based practice measures in a collaborative nurse/client relationship to promote desired health outcomes across the lifespan.

Both a sound educational base and a multitude of experiences are needed to develop expert nursing practice. Professional nursing faculty are collaborative partners in the learning process by being resource persons, motivators, and facilitators of experiential opportunities which assist students to meet specific educational goals and optimize achievement of each learner's potential growth.