Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The WSU College of Nursing’s strategic plan was developed through collaboration and consensus. It’s intended to guide our development in coming years as the college continues to innovate and elevate the science and practice of nursing.

Healthy Environment

We empower students, faculty, and staff, and promote collegial dialogue, change, creativity, values development, and ethical behavior
Sub goals and strategies

  • Foster and maintain a civil work and learning environment based on mutual regard, teamwork and collegiality, respectful communication, and observance of norms of decorum.
  • Provide continuous faculty and staff development through annual reviews, mentorship, leadership training and programs.
  • Recognize, value, and reward the unique contributions of faculty and staff members in helping the College of Nursing achieve its goals.
  • Enable structured preparation so that faculty, staff, and students have success in their respective roles.
  • Recognize and celebrate faculty who have expertise in, and choose to pursue, pathways in clinical arenas, education, and/or research.
  • Hold faculty and staff accountable for promoting excellence and providing leadership.
  • Ensure students are committed to innovation, continuous quality and performance improvement, and excellence.

Innovation in Education & Practice

We lead innovation in academic nursing that promotes team-based interprofessional health care, and prepares quality leaders, clinicians, and researchers.
Sub goals and strategies

  • Promote transformative interprofessional models of care to improve health in the state of Washington and beyond.
  • Increase research opportunities and investment to promote innovation, including simulation and technology applications, for education and practice.
  • Develop self-sustaining programs such as continuing education opportunities for nursing and health-professions audiences.
  • Advance strategies, technology, and faculty development to achieve innovation in education and evidence-based practice.
  • Improve and maintain student, faculty, and staff support to enhance technology utilization.
  • Explore partnerships and collaboration opportunities to develop a faculty practice plan and interprofessional practice opportunities.

Engagement with our Communities

We strengthen alliances and partnerships with health care systems and stakeholders to address health equity, and to support the achievement of optimal quality of life and affordable, accessible care.

Sub goals and strategies

  • Expand relationships and clinical activities with interprofessional groups and interagency cohorts to promote excellence in care of populations.
  • Serve as ambassadors for the College of Nursing by assuming leadership roles in university and community activities at local, state, national, and/or international levels.
  • Strengthen the College of Nursing’s commitment to accessible, high-quality nursing education through continued recruitment of diverse students and faculty.
  • Further the College of Nursing’s engagement with partners to promote excellence in nursing education, enhance the profession, benefit the community, and expand service learning opportunities.
  • Collaborate with WSU global initiatives and international partners to further the University’s international agenda.
  • Engage with stakeholders to address health equity in Washington state and beyond.

Science of Health

We will be a national leader in innovative science addressing health disparities to improve population health in Washington state and beyond.
Sub goals and strategies

  • Expand the infrastructure of the research office to increase grant submissions and improve management of grants.
  • Implement research clusters in acute and chronic care, behavioral health, health care service delivery, and interprofessional education.
  • Expand our mentorship program to increase the research skills of faculty.
  • Expand partnerships with other colleges, institutions, and community-based organizations to improve the College of Nursing’s research portfolio.
  • Contribute to the development of the science of nursing through the critique, utilization, dissemination, or conduct of research by faculty and students.