Mission and Philosophy of the WGU Nursing Programs

Mission and Philosophy of WGU Nursing Programs Revised September 2013



The mission of the Department of Nursing is to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and in the practice of nursing through a professionally supported, competency-based, and student-focused learning model for working adults that promotes success in educational goals and sustained professional commitment. The Department of Nursing is committed to the formation of confident, caring, and competent professional nurses prepared to meet emerging healthcare needs of diverse populations. 

Promise Statement

The WGU Department of Nursing promises to help our students develop the cognitive knowledge, ethical comportment, and clinical reasoning skills required of a professional nurse so they may become safe, competent practitioners. We will:

  • Be accountable for the quality and integrity of the nursing education programs
  • Provide relevant and innovative educational resources delivered when and where needed
  • Embrace diversity
  • Commit to individual student success
  • Support on-time progression and graduation
  • Treat students in a fair and equitable manner
  • Ensure individualized response to student needs
  • Communicate respectfully and in a timely manner
  • Advocate for students through all aspects of the learning experience
  • Collaborate with national and community leaders in academia and industry



We envision nursing as a caring interaction between a nurse, who is a member of an interdisciplinary team, and patients who are a member of a family and community. This caring interaction occurs across the lifespan, from infancy through old age. Nurses identify and strengthen clients’ potential to move toward health and help clients shape their environment to promote well being. We believe that healthcare begins in the community, prior to diagnosis of illness, by promoting health and wellness through advocacy, community assessment, and preventative care. Nurses use appropriate technologies and current evidence to develop their plans of care, whether in the community, the clinic, an acute care facility, or an extended care facility. Nurses assume leadership for clinical and ethical decision making


We believe the global nature of communities and healthcare delivery necessitates that nurses be able to engage with patients, families, and communities who have diverse ways of responding to their healthcare needs. We recognize that the definition of family has expanded to include a variety of different compositions and roles. The family is the fundamental vehicle for how clients are supported, interact with the world around them, access resources, and engage in healthcare.


We recognize that students, particularly adult learners, have preferred learning styles, bring previous experience to the learning environment, and develop competency at different paces. Learners seek to make sense of new educational experiences in light of their past and existing knowledge and then apply their new findings to real situations. Therefore, nursing education should provide opportunities where students engage in real world application to demonstrate competency in cognitive knowledge, clinical reasoning, and ethical comportment.


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