College of Nursing Unveils New Mission and Vision Statements
On Wednesday, April 25, faculty, staff, and students gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the USF College of Nursing’s new mission and vision statements.
Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the USF College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health, explained the new mission statement was the result of a collaborative effort among the faculty. “It was important that this mission statement come from the ground up, so it represents all of us,” she said. The dean hosted several brainstorming meetings in recent months, and the faculty voted on early versions of the new statement, which now reads as follows:
USF College of Nursing provides innovation and leadership in preparing 21st-century nurses to demonstrate excellence in research, education, and clinical care while promoting health and wellness in our community and around the world.
In addition, the college has adopted the following tagline:
Local Outreach – Global Impact
Preparing 21st-Century Nurses to Promote Health and Wellness in Our Community and Around the World
Dr. Rich also explained her vision statement for the college, stating that educating nurses who are ready to serve the community is a critical component of the college’s goals. That vision statement reads as follows:
By educating students from diverse demographics, we ensure that our USF Bull nurses mirror the populations they serve.
Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, spoke to the crowd and praised Dr. Rich for her leadership and for the faculty collaboration. “Refreshing mission and vision statements is not only an important component of the strategic planning process mandated by our accreditation agencies but a crucial gut check on what we aspire to be.”
He also commented on the importance of nurses in health care: “I have seen firsthand for the past 40 years just how much doctors, patients and families rely on nurses every single day.”