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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

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

Focus Area #2: Recruit and retain high-quality faculty and staff.

Focus Area #3: Be a national leader in innovative science to improve patient outcomes.

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

A World Without Stereotypes or Limits

Recent national events remind us that complacency about the insidious effects of historic and pervasive inequities and structural racism on our society is no longer an option. As one of the leading schools of nursing in the nation, we must seek to understand our role in advancing diversity in nursing, and in leading the transformation of the academic and clinical paradigm that provides quality and equitable health care for all of society.

To begin our work together, faculty and staff commit to building and sustaining a culture that is welcoming, inclusive, and equitable for all students, faculty, and staff – especially those from under-represented populations. We will do this by:

  • Creating a safe and supportive learning environment that upholds our academic excellence and compels our students, faculty, and staff to recognize and interact with one another as whole persons and not simply as one-dimensional and often stereotypical aspects of our being.
  • Examining the personal perspectives of our own biases and socializations and be open to adjusting these perspectives, beliefs, and behaviors.
  • Actively listening to one another in order to develop true empathy. We will recognize and honor the differences between beliefs, practices, and cultural norms and encourage all to accept and respect each person's uniqueness.
  • Understanding that this may, at times, lead to difficult conversations, but dialogues we will have in the safety of a caring and supportive school and university.
  • Taking action every day – as an institution and as individuals – in advancing our diversity strategic plan that celebrates change and honors tradition until our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion becomes an integral part of our everyday lives and not merely a set of initiatives. We will live what we say as a means to fully achieve our core values of respect, responsibility, trust & dialogue.

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 were named to US News & World Report Rankings Best Graduate Nursing Schools 2022 edition. Our Master's program ranked in the top 50 nationally and the DNP program was ranked #1 in Indiana. In addition, US News & World Report 2021 Best Online Rankings placed the Master's program in the top 50, with the Nursing Education track ranking #4 in the nation and the Master's in Leadership in Health Systems ranking #16 in the nation. 

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 a career in the profession of nursing. We have over 22,000 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 help you 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 Distinguished Professor

Last updated April 2021