NHS Values

Since its founding in 1903, the School of Nursing & Health Studies has remained committed to a values based approach to its work.

This commitment guides the activities of our of students, faculty, and staff.  A set of four core values, which support those of the university, provides the framework for this approach.

Values of the School of Nursing & Health Studies

Contemplation in Action

Action-oriented introspection and reflection guide our self-understanding relative to our mission, choices, intellectual inquiry, and engagement with the world.

Cura Personalis

The Latin expression—meaning “care for the whole person”—is a cornerstone of the Jesuit tradition that features personalized attention to individuals’ unique needs and circumstances, including spirituality, as well as a celebration of the special talents they contribute to communities.


A robust community derives its strength from the individuals within it—including their cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds and unique perspectives—and actively supports an environment where commonalities and differences contribute to its uniqueness.


We strive for the highest quality in everything we do with a commitment to integrity.


Recognizing the range of perspectives and talents among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community, NHS promotes positive, productive, and professional interactions, as well as encourages individuals to voice differing viewpoints in a way that assumes the best intention.

Social Justice

Within the context of health and higher education, creating a more just society calls for the support of the intellectual growth and professional aspirations of individuals from all backgrounds and the creation and dissemination of knowledge that promotes equity in health with a focus on the social determinants of health and human rights.

Value of the Common Good

The organization aligns around a unified goal of collective responsibility that promotes maximum health and human flourishing among individuals, families, and communities with a special emphasis on those who are marginalized and underserved.

Approved by vote of the NHS Executive Faculty on May 28, 2014

To read more about the school's mission statement, click here.