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Mission and Strategic Plan


To develop nurse leaders and improve health within and beyond Mississippi through excellence in education, research, practice and service.

Strategic Plan 2023-2028:
Priorities and Goals

Priority #1: Prepare and sustain a competent nursing workforce to achieve health equity

  • Implement competency-based education to prepare practice ready nurse leaders
  • Build adaptive, accessible, physical, and virtual learning spaces
  • Expand IPE experiences with diverse populations
  • Align program offerings to meet anticipated workforce needs

Priority #2: Cultivate an inclusive SON community reflecting the populations we serve to promote and well-being

  • Strengthen and maintain an infrastructure to support a restorative and equitable environment for faculty, staff, and students
  • Recruit and retain excellent diverse faculty, staff, and student leaders, reflecting the diversity of the communities we serve
  • Establish a comprehensive system to promote success in all students

Priority #3: Strengthen mutually beneficial local to global partnerships for transforming health care

  • Enrich and develop academic practice partnerships that incorporate the four spheres of care
  • Create and advance innovations that will revolutionize healthcare
  • Build capacity for partnerships that address global health needs
  • Create innovative service models for addressing health needs in underserved populations in Mississippi

Priority #4: Accelerate creative inquiry to advance nursing science with translation for improving health

  • Cultivate a spirit of inquiry to promote the SON research and scholarship
  • Optimize research and scholarly collaborations
  • Expand research capacity