About us

Redefining the future of nursing

An international leader, the UW School of Nursing is a vibrant center of teaching, research and clinical excellence. We have provided exceptional education, policy leadership, and thought innovation to the profession, nation and world since 1918.

Our impact is profound — whether we are launching our graduates into a world of opportunities or confronting the greatest health challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Together, our students, faculty and staff work boundlessly to turn ideas into impact and improve the health of people and communities around the world.

Leading through innovation

We were the first university-affiliated nursing school of the West Coast, and second in the country, to offer a baccalaureate program. We were the first to be accredited by the National Organization of Public Health Nurses. Our internationally recognized faculty is known for their scientific advancements and passion for discovery. Many of our nurse-educators are legends in their fields and their preeminent research has helped to shape public health policy.

Creating a better world

We are dedicated to educating the next generation of nurse leaders, advancing nursing science and improving the health of communities locally, regionally and globally. Through our extraordinary programs, we are preparing our students to meet the ever-changing demands of health care.

Our mission, vision and values

Our mission is to advance nursing science and practice through generating knowledge and preparing future leaders to address health. Our vision is to pioneer improvements in health and health care through innovative nursing science, education and practice. Our values include collaboration*, social responsibility, integrity*, respect*, accountability, diversity* and excellence.*

Note: those values with an asterisk are held in common with the overall University of Washington values.

Learn more

The following fact sheets and collateral materials provide additional details about some of our work, centers and services.

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