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Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) prepares outstanding nurses to be clinicians, educators, leaders, innovators, and scientists. We partner with students, healthcare professionals, organizations, and communities to inspire lifelong learning and create knowledge to improve the health of the people we serve. (12/2012)


Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) is a global leader in creating innovative learning environments that support excellence in education and research to advance the health of the world’s citizens. (12/2012)

Strategic Priorities for 2016 - 2021

  1. Educate nurses prepared to deliver state-of-the-art care, conduct cutting-edge research, and lead significant healthcare improvements in Indiana and beyond.

  2. Recruit and retain high-quality faculty, staff and students.

  3. Strengthen portfolio of externally funded research to accelerate innovations in clinical care for partners in Indiana and beyond.

  4. Cultivate internal and external partnerships and alliances to innovate approaches to research, education and service.

Core Values

These core values are fundamental to the success of the nursing profession and the Indiana University School of Nursing community. They serve as the foundation for our work, how we interact with one another, and help guide the strategies we employ to fulfill our vision, mission, and strategic goals. We are supportive of one another’s efforts, loyal to one another, and care for one another both professionally and personally. We embrace, own, and are energized by these core values.

  • Respect: We create a positive environment by treating all people with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of their contributions and diversity.

  • Responsibility: We accept responsibility for our actions.

  • Trust: We foster trust by acting with honesty, integrity, and openness.

  • Dialogue: We build community through dialogue by sharing and respecting our diversity of opinions, views, and expertise.

Diversity Statement

Recognizing the rapidly increasing diversity of America and of higher education, and in support of the mission of Indiana University School of Nursing, faculty and staff are committed to promoting an educational environment that values, respects, and reflects a global view of diversity. To fulfill this commitment, we strive to:
  • Promote curriculum content that reflects a commitment to diversity

  • Develop a comprehensive academic success model

  • Recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds

  • Establish and maintain links to the diverse communities of the city, the state, the nation, and the world

  • Identify resources that support diversity, promote academic excellence, and enrich our academic environment

  • Promote research that reflects commitment to cultural diversity

  • Promote culturally competent practice among students, graduates and faculty

Statement by the Dean

Since its founding in 1914, Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) has grown into one of the largest schools of nursing in the country. The school holds an excellent national reputation for nursing education with expert faculty in the areas of science and teaching/learning approaches. IU School of Nursing's Master's and DNP programs are ranked #1 in Indiana according to US News & World Report Rankings Best Nursing Schools 2019 edition. Notably, IU School of Nursing is the only school in Indiana with a nursing specialty ranked in the top 20-Faculty Nurse Practitioner, MSN. The school placed 21st in National Institutes of Health research funding overall and 12th among public universities. At IUSON we offer the full range of academic degrees, from undergraduate through doctoral levels, as well as postdoctoral research training and extensive lifelong education options. The school has a National League for Nursing (NLN) designation as a Center of Excellence in two categories simultaneously: 1) Creating Environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty, and, 2) Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education.  IUSON was first in the history of the National League for Nursing to hold two Center of Excellence designations.

We are committed to preparing you for your  career in the profession of nursing. We have over 20,000  living alumni, and our  graduates are chief nursing executives of large health facilities, deans of nursing schools, clinical specialists, advanced practice registered nurses, entrepreneurs, and staff nurses in urban and rural settings around Indiana and throughout the world.

Faced with the challenges of changing health care delivery, nurses will be called on areas as leading clinicians in areas never dreamed of by earlier generations. The  faculty members of IUSON  are committed to your success to realize your professional aspirations in every career transition that you undertake, and to enable you to seize your own preferred future. IUSON has forged strong links between nursing education and nursing clinical services across settings in order to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. We invite you to become a part of our extended IUSON family.

Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Last updated April 2018