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Our Mission

The Washburn University School of Nursing mission is to transform the professional nursing workforce to improve health, enhance the experience of care, and maximize the value of health services to a diverse population.


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. 


CCNE AccreditatedThe Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing, the Master of Science Degree Program in Nursing,  the Doctor of Nursing  Practice Program, and the Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program at Washburn University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Advisory Board

To continue to provide nursing education that addresses the future healthcare needs of the communities served by the School of Nursing, an Advisory Council was created in 2000.   Advisory Council Members are asked to serve a minimum two year term and attend an annual meeting to review and provide input on the strategic direction of the School of Nursing.  

Current Advisory Council members are:

Allison Alejos, RN, BSN
Director, Local Health Department
Shawnee County Health Agency
1615 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66606

Kim Ens
Director of Clinic Services
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
200 Maine, Suite B
Lawrence, KS  66044

Rev. Barry Feaker
Director Topeka Rescue Mission
600 N Kansas
Topeka KS 66608

Matt Harman
Plaza West Regional Health Center
1570 SW Westport Dr.
Topeka, KS 66604

Harmony Hines, RN, BSN
VP Compliance
Midland Care Connection, Inc.
200 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka Kansas 66606

Sue Laird
American Red Cross Volunteer
1221 SW 17th Street
Topeka, KS 66604

Eileen McGivern
Director of Wellness
Brewster Place at Home
Brewster Place
1205 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611

Mary Menninger-Corder
Coordinator of Health Occupations
Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, KS 66604

Carol Perry, RN, MSM
Vice President Patient Care
Stormont Vail HealthCare
1500 SW 10th
Topeka KS 66604-1301

Carrie Saia
Chief Executive Office
Holton Hospital
1110 Columbine
Holton, KS 66436

Karen Schumate
Chief Operating Officer
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
325 Maine
Lawrence, KS 66044

Jane Shirley, MSE, BSN, RN
Disease Management/Wellness Nurse, Employer Group Clinical Coordinator
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
1133 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66629

Arlene Wahwasuck, MN, RN
1106 Golden Eagle Road
Horton KS 66439

Scott Wells
Vice President Patient Care
St. Francis Health Center
1700 SW 7th
Topeka KS 66606

Renea Wright
Director of Clinical Business Development
Aldersgate Village
7220 SW Asbury Dr.
Topeka, KS 66614

Assessment and Results

School of Nursing assessment and results are being compiled.  As they become available, they will be posted here.

Pass Rates

NCLEX first-time pass rate (2014)

  • Washburn University Pass Rate -80.97%
  • Kansas Pass Rate – 80.49%
  • National Pass Rate – 81.78%

Data is taken from the Kansas State Board of Nursing 2014 Annual Report.

Strategic Goals

The School of Nursing strategic goals for 2016-2020

  • Goal 1 - To address the health and environmental needs of patients and communities.
    • Utilize the COACH program to identify, coordinate, and implement health initiatives that are managed by SON faculty.
    • Create synergy with local/regional/state health initiatives and nursing curriculum.
  • Goal 2.  To promote student success through a systematic process that will integrate an adaptive learning environment with use of best-practices in teaching.
    • Develop processes that identify BSN students at-risk for failing the RN-NCLEX examination on the first attempt.
    • Work with the Center for Student Success to improve pre-nursing students' success in admission to the BSN program.
    • Develop online resources for graduate students to support academic porgression.
    • Develop online resoruces fro RN-to-BSN students to support academic progession.
  • Goal 3.   Explore and test new methods of student assessment and competency verification to identify the essential professional nursing skills required for the graduate of each level of nursing education.
    • Complete a gap analysis of practice competencies for BSN, CNL, post-graduate PMHNP, and DNP graduates.
    • Develop or enhance current student assessment/competency verification tools at all levels.
    • Identify educational scholarship opportunities in the area of competency verification.
  • Goal 4. Promote teaching excellence through faculty development, peer reviewed assessment, and leadership opportunities within education, clinical practice, and health care organizations. 
    • Support faculty development in the scholarship of teaching.
    • Create a peer review process for evaluation of teaching effectiveness in classroom, clinical, simulation, and online settings.
    • Support faculty engagement in leadership roles within education, clinical practice, and community organizations.
    • Promote excellent advising experiences for nursing students.

Statement of Philosophy

The nursing faculty believe each human being is a unitary, living open system and is continually engaged in a mutual dynamic process with the environment. Individuals are unique, have inherent worth, and strive to maintain system integrity while progressing through the life process from conception through death. Individuals, families, and communities, are open systems engaged in mutual dynamic process with the environment.

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, at all levels of preparation, 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/ coordinator/manager of care, and as a member of the profession. 

Nursing is a practice profession that values clinical expertise and the application of scientific knowledge.  Professional education in nursing begins at the baccalaureate level. The purpose of professional nursing education is to provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the student to become a professional nurse and to have the foundation for graduate education. 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 student who attains a graduate degree in nursing becomes a specialized practice expert who demonstrates expanded accountability and responsibility for the care of patients, populations, and systems.  In addition to the direct practice role, the graduate also demonstrates expertise in the following competencies:

  • Scientific underpinnings for practice,
  • Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking,
  • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice,
  • Information systems/technology for the improvement and transformation of health care,
  • Health care policy for advocacy in health care,
  • Interpersonal collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes,
  • Prevention of disease and promotion of population health, and
  • Advancing nursing practice

Learning is a complex, mutual process of growth and development identified by changes in the behavior of the learner. Each student is unique in life experiences, motivation for learning, and scholastic aptitude. The educational process is designed to provide opportunities for students to meet individual learning needs. The role of the nurse educator is to facilitate the learning process. Students are responsible for learning.

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 community provide opportunities for faculty and students to make significant contributions to health care delivery in a changing, multicultural society.