Mission, Values, and Goals



The mission of the NMSU School of Nursing is to promote health and improve the quality of life in the people of New Mexico through education, research, practice, and public service, recognizing the state’s multicultural heritage and dynamic border environment. The mission of the School of Nursing reflects a commitment to the land-grant mission of the university and the standards of professional nursing practice by demonstrating excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and public service.  

The primary responsibility of the School of Nursing is to provide the highest quality professional nursing education including preparation for practice at the Bachelor’s, and Master’s and doctoral levels. The intent reflects a commitment to the attainment of excellence in practice by designing innovative and challenging educational experiences valuing diversity, providing evidence-based nursing care, and fostering lifelong learning for the professional nurse in a multicultural society.

Core Values

The School of Nursing (SON) operates under the following core values:

Accountable for providing the best skills and simulation experiences to prepare our learners
Genuine commitment to teamwork to ensure the best experience for our learners
Give respect and embrace diverse backgrounds, talents, and perspectives
Innovate to create new approaches to healthcare education and redefine existing ones
Excellence in achieving the highest standards in everything we do
Show integrity by being honest, ethical, and consistent in our actions

Strategic Goals

NMSU has identified four strategic goals (NMSU LEADS 2025) that reflect the university’s mission and vision and are vital to NMSU’s success. These goals include:

  • Advancing student success;
  • Elevating research and creativity;
  • Amplifying extension and outreach; and
  • Building a robust NMSU system.

NMSU’s strategic goals are designed to be broad enough for each department and unit within the university system to find a way to contribute. The School of Nursing contributes to LEADS 2025 in the following ways:

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 1: Enhance Student Success and Social Mobility, Objectives 1-6

  • Create a targeted recruitment initiative for the undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Enhance outreach and advising to pre-nursing students.
  • Revise and update the nursing curriculum to meet new AACN guidelines.
  • Establish NMSU SON as leaders in integrated primary care and mental health care education and training, as well as the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders.
  • Develop a nurse anesthesiology track in the DNP program.

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 2: Elevate Research and Creativity, Objectives 1

  • Increase the number of extramural grant submissions over the next three years.
  • Increase the amount of private and corporate funding for SON research/scholarships.
  • Submit a minimum of one training grant per year.

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 3: Amplify Extension and Outreach, Objectives 1, 4, and 5

  • Leverage NMSU extension and other outreach/campus programs to enhance recruitment efforts.
  • Identify at least new private-public partnerships to support SON’s academic, research, scholarships, and outreach efforts.

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 4: Build a Robust University System, Objectives 1, 3, and 5

  • Expand faculty development in a variety of areas.
  • Complete the design/budget for the renovation of the Nursing Skills and Simulation Center.
  • Revise the SON Website, focusing on program areas, development/fundraising, and alumni relations.
  • Increase donor revenue each year by 20%.