School of Nursing

Nurses synthesize knowledge from a variety of fields of study as they are prepared to assist people in the performance of activities that contribute to health, its recovery, or to the alleviation of distress or discomfort in preparing people for a peaceful death.

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide accessible, high quality undergraduate and graduate education to diverse student populations for the development of nurse leaders at all entries of practice.  This mission will be accomplished through innovative programs that reflect the needs and current trends of society.  Programs are implemented by faculty who are committed to education of the highest standards and who promote clinical practice, scholarly activity, and research that advances the scientific and theoretical foundation of nursing.

The goals of the program in nursing at Stony Brook University are to:

  • Educate a diverse population of men and women for professional generalist nursing practice in a variety of health care settings.
  • Contribute to the scholarly development of the profession by testing and evaluating theoretical formulations, applications of knowledge, and innovative practices.
  • Provide an educational foundation for advanced and specialized study in a field of nursing.
  • Prepare for improvement of health care at the local, state, and national levels through individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary efforts.
  • Provide an environment and infrastructure that supports faculty teaching, scholarship, research, service and practice.
  • Provide a mechanism for continuous program assessment, evaluation and improvement.

The curriculum of the School of Nursing emphasizes using the nursing process to provide health promotion, maintenance, and restoration among diverse populations of patients; using theory to conceptualize health responses to those populations; applying research finds to improve nursing practice; applying principles of leadership and management in nursing and health care delivery; and practicing interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care and health outcomes through advocacy, activism, and courage.