School of Nursing

About the School of Nursing


Washburn University School of Nursing emphasizes excellence in teaching that prepares students to value life-long learning as professional nurses who embrace principles of evidence-based practice.

Washburn nursing graduates collaborate with communities applying ethical leadership, critical thinking, and technological skills to design caring, innovative health solutions for diverse populations. 


The baccalaureate nursing program was established at Washburn University in the Fall of 1974. In 1982, the program was granted status as a School of Nursing through an act of the Legislature.  


The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, the Master of Science Degree in Nursing, The Doctor of Nursing  Practice and the Post Master's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certificate program at Washburn University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Statement of Philosophy

Nursing is a health profession which is concerned with promoting the quality of life in individuals, families, and communities. The deliberative and creative use of knowledge for the betterment of human beings is expressed in the science and art of nursing. The nurse, an integral part of the client's environment, is responsible for assisting the client in recognizing and coping with health needs throughout the life process. Through application of the nursing process, the nurse functions as a provider of care, a designer/ manager/coordinator of care, and as a member of the profession (AACN, 1986/ Aug 1998)*.

Professional education in nursing begins at the baccalaureate level. The purpose of professional nursing education is to provide the knowledge base and skills necessary for the student learner to become a professional practitioner of nursing. General education in the humanities and in the natural and social sciences provides a broad foundation for understanding and augmenting nursing theory and facilitates the development and integration of the nursing student as a professional person.

The philosophy and purposes of the School of Nursing are consistent with the mission of Washburn University. The School of Nursing is a major academic unit within the University and is responsible for determining its own professional curriculum and instruction. The richness of resources within the university and the community provide the opportunities for faculty and students to make significant contributions to health care delivery in a changing, multicultural society.

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing (1986/1998). Essentials of college and university education for professional nursing. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Colleges of Nursing.