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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University


To be the best College of Nursing in the state and region, nationally recognized in improving health through the innovation and integration of teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and practice.


The mission of the College of Nursing (CON) is to facilitate the health of the community through excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and practice.


  • Provide highest quality nursing education programs.
  • Provide BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD graduates to address nursing workforce needs.
  • Provide culturally diverse and international opportunities for students and faculty.
  • Engage in faculty, staff, and/or student research and scholarly activities that improve health and advance nursing knowledge.
  • Deliver innovative health care in partnership with communities.
  • Influence systems and policies, through professional leadership and collaboration, to improve individual and community health.
  • Engage in interprofessional education, research, service, scholarship, and health care delivery.


We Value:

  • Professional interactions that demonstrate caring, respect, and compassion for others.
  • Diversity and inclusivity, embracing the full scope of human cultures, ethnicities, and identities.
  • Excellence in fulfilling the intellectual work of the college through collaboration and cooperation.
  • The nursing profession’s global contributions to social justice and to the holistic health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Stewardship and accountability in the use of resources
  • Innovative leadership modeled through effective shared governance principles


We are committed to excellence with focus on the four pillars of professional nursing: education, scholarship/research, service, and practice. We believe that the four concepts foundational to the nursing metaparadigm: nursing, person, environment, and health, guide us in our commitment to excellence. Leadership contributions transform the lives of students and build bridges to a healthier world.

Nursing: ETSU CON believes that the profession of nursing is a holistic health care discipline that is essential to society.

Person: ETSU CON believes persons are holistic individuals, populations, and/or aggregates with commonalities and differences. We respect the dignity of all as we practice the art and science of nursing.

Environment: ETSU CON believes environment is a dynamic multidimensional phenomenon that influences health which exists internally and externally to the person. Nursing seeks to support the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations within local, regional, and global contexts.

Health: ETSU CON believes that through leadership, scholarship/research, education, and practice, we promote and restore health, facilitate healing, improve the ability to cope with illness, reduce suffering, and support persons during the life cycle. We recognize the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity1. We acknowledge factors specific to this region’s Appalachian heritage which influences health and are manifested in disparities related to rural, urban, and underserved populations; the increasing diversity of our populations; the high morbidity and mortality rates for many conditions; and access concerns for primary, secondary, and tertiary health care in the region and state.

Approved by Faculty Council May 5, 2017

Strategic Plan


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