School of Nursing
Nationally recognized as a top 100 nursing program1, The School of Nursing offers the following baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs and degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
- LPN/LVN-BSN Advanced Placement Track
- Registered Nurse to BSN
- Post-BSN-DNP with MSN opt out
- Post-MSN Certificate
The School of Nursing represents a strong and extraordinary community of excellent students, well-prepared faculty, dedicated staff, and supportive alumni and friends who promote and advance the quality, accessibility, and availability of nursing care for the people of southeast Georgia and beyond. The (baccalaureate degree in nursing/master’s degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate) at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). All prelicensure programs are fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Georgia Southern University is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Mission & Vision
School of Nursing Mission Statement
The School of Nursing, through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, provides comprehensive and innovative nursing programs that promote health and quality of life using a global perspective. The School’s hallmark is a culture of caring in which faculty, staff, and students embrace the core values of holism, diversity, social and ethical accountability, transcultural competence, leadership, and citizenship.
Central to the nationally accredited School’s mission is the faculty’s commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate nursing education. Within a student-centered environment, the faculty promote critical thinking and competence in evidence-based nursing 2 School of Nursing practice. The highly qualified and diverse graduates of the academic programs meet nursing-related health needs and address both health and health care disparities with an emphasis on rural and other vulnerable populations.
Through collaboration and a process of engagement, faculty, staff, and students within the School of Nursing serve the university, the community, practice environments, and the nursing profession. Scholarly activities and dissemination of knowledge address vulnerable populations, health promotion, and nursing education.
School of Nursing Vision Statement
Caring. Discovery. Transformation.
The School of Nursing aspires to develop professional nurses who emulate a culture of caring, engage in scholarly inquiry, transform health care, and serve others through health promotion and the alleviation of suffering. Approved Fall 2009, Affirmed March 2015
References for SON Mission, Vision, and Goals, Philosophy, and Student Learning Outcomes
Because the School of Nursing’s mission includes the professional development of a diverse group of students, nursing faculty carefully reviewed and chose professional standards and guidelines that represented a broad base for various levels of nursing practice. A variety of professional nursing standards (along with selected specialty area nursing practice standards) representing the most current and developed perspectives of the discipline of nursing were chosen to underpin and develop the mission, philosophy, purposes, goals/objectives of the School of Nursing. All are consistently applied as guidelines for the development of program and curricula materials for the preparation of nursing students. Specifically, the standards referenced include:
American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics for nurses. Washington, DC. American Nurses Publishing.
National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Programs. (2012). Criteria for evaluation of nurse practitioner programs: Report of the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education. (NTF). Washington, DC: NONPF.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. QSEN Education Consortium. (2012). Washington, DC: AACN.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The essentials of master’s education for advanced practice nursing. Washington, DC: AACN.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2009). Establishing a culturally competent Master’s and doctorally prepared nursing workforce. Washington, DC: AACN.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008 ). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: AACN.
Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education. (2008).
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). Cultural competence in baccalaureate nursing education.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Washington, DC: AACN.
American Nurses Association. (1998). Standards of clinical practice. 2nd edition. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.
American Nurses Association. (1996). Scope and Standards of Advanced Practice Nursing. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.
American Nurses Association. (1995). Nursing social policy statement. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators. (1992). Essentials of master’s level nursing education for advanced community health nursing practice. Lexington, KY: ACHCE.
American Nurses Association. (1988). Nursing case management. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.
American Nurses Association. (1985). Code for nurses with interpretive statements. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.
The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing is fully accredited by all appropriate national, state, and specialized/professional nursing accrediting agencies. Accrediting agencies assure that programs in nursing education engage in effective educational practices in the preparation of nurses. A determination of accreditation by an accrediting agency is an indication of confidence in the educational institution to offer a program of quality, deserving of public approbation. (NOTE: Universities and colleges in the United States must hold appropriate regional accreditation in order to be recognized to award higher education degrees. All nursing programs must hold approval from their State Board of Nursing. Voluntary program accreditation by School of Nursing - DRAFT COPY 3 one specialized/ professional nursing accreditation body is highly desirable, particularly to assure graduates of continued educational and employment mobility.) The Georgia Southern University holds the following accreditation and approvals:
- Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). This regional accreditation grants Georgia Southern University the right to award Associate, Bachelor, Master, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees. Current Accreditation Period: 2020 for BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN; Renewal for Post-Master’s DNP: Fall 2015. The Georgia Southern University holds the following state and specialized/professional nursing accreditations:
- Georgia Board of Nursing. (Required Approval). The Georgia Board of Nursing grants Full Approval to nursing programs who maintain compliance with the Georgia Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations as evidenced by: annual reports submitted by the program, site visit reports, and appropriate passing percentages of first-time writers on the NCLEX-RN examination. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status of the program can be directed o: Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858. Phone: 912-207-1640. Active Current Approval Period.
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (Voluntary Specialized/ Professional Accreditation). Formed in 1998, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is the premier accrediting agency recognizing professional baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing in the United States. Georgia Southern University School of Nursing is approved for its baccalaureate and graduate programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To be accredited, the following are required:
- The nursing program is viable and appears, based upon the review of submitted materials, to be conducted in a manner that will enable compliance with CCNE accreditation standards.
- The institution has a history of seeking and ensuring continuing accreditation and program recognition by appropriate accrediting and regulatory agencies.
- The institution has ensured the continuing viability of the nursing education program by being responsive to the concerns of accrediting and regulatory agencies.
For further information about the status of the program, please contact the Commission on Collegiate nursing Education at the following address:
Commission on Collegiate nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Current Accreditation Period: 2020 for BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN; 2015 for the DNP.
Georgia Southern University
Dr. Catherine Gilbert, School Chair and Associate Professor
11935 Abercorn Street Savannah, GA 31419
P.O. Box 8158
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 344-2585
Phone: (912) 478-5242
Fax: (912) 478-1159
ABSN and LPN-BSN
Phone: (912) 344-2575
Phone: (912) 478-5166
Fax: (912) 478-4482
Phone: (912) 344-2575
Fax: (912) 344-3481
Phone: (912) 478-0017
Fax: (912) 478-1679
2016 ranking of graduate Nursing degrees by US News and World Report