College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Department of Nursing

Mission and vision statements

CSUMB Nursing Students - '19 White Coat Ceremony


The CSUMB Department of Nursing is a community focused, student-centered program whose mission is to educate nurses for professional practice in diverse healthcare settings that is influenced by global health.


The CSUMB Nursing Program's vision is to educate nurse professionals to be change agents in the science of nursing.

Our Philosophy on nursing

The faculty at the Department of Nursing, California State University, Monterey Bay view that the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) undergraduate education should embody a broad background in the sciences, community service, global health, and liberal arts studies. The nursing discipline-specific courses are developed to prepare graduates to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care, based on current evidence in a variety of nursing practice settings and specialties.

The Department of Nursing academic programs are deliberately designed in response to surrounding community needs, larger societal needs including but not limited to the need for greater access to equitable healthcare, the role of technology and healthcare structuring systems in healthcare and population health education, surrounding self-care responsibility. The faculty affirms that the professional baccalaureate level graduates are prepared as generalists who provide healthcare as clinicians, clinical nurse researchers, patient educators, and leaders in the practice setting.

BSN graduates are catalysts or change agents in the community/public health settings where they practice as independent and critical thinkers, while advocating for the client/patient/family and the nursing profession. This ideology supports the most fundamental philosophy of faculty, that nursing science and art collectively utilizes the principles of connectedness of patient/client as individual, family or community. This ideology supports the vision/mission of the university and the college as well as the commonly held beliefs of the faculty.

These beliefs reflect the faculty’s attitudes about the personhood, health and well-being, nursing science, environment and teaching-learning as it impacts the community. The faculty’s approach to nursing education is that students are future nursing professionals and are adult learners with a commitment to continuing education who are going to provide healthcare that will improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

The faculty collectively support and foster the diversity of students’ backgrounds and their personal beliefs and experiences they bring to nursing inquiry. This philosophy of nursing espouses that making a professional nursing career choice may have its challenges, but the faculty are prepared to respect the student’s choice and foster them with integrity, respect for self and others, the need for collegiality and partnerships, teaching/learning skills, social justice, and an awareness of community needs.

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