Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles and Strategic Plan


Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles and Strategic Plan


The mission of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing is to provide the nation with the highest quality advanced practice nurse clinicians, scientists and scholars dedicated to federal health service and health readiness.


America’s premier nursing graduate school, innovative in advanced practice and nursing science, transforming military and federal health.

Strategic Framework Imperatives

Education and Training 

  • Graduate outstanding Advanced Practice and PhD nurses
  • Transform education into a dynamic, interprofessional process
  • Maintain accreditations at the GSN level and coordinate and support accreditations
  • Provide faculty development in the use of educational methodologies and technologies with integration into the curriculum

Research and Scholarship 

  • Cultivate a community of scholars who carry out and disseminate dynamic cutting edge basic, translational, clinical and evidence-based research relevant to the federal system
  • Develop and mature collaborations and partnerships to enhance scholarship and interdisciplinary research within USU and with federal, military, and professional communities
  • Develop interdisciplinary concentrations of scholarship
  • Support junior faculty and students presenting at national and international meetings to advance dissemination and visibility

Leadership and Service 

  • Expand leadership and consultation to and for military, federal, and public health national and international communities
  • Develop international partnerships with military nursing academies and explore international nursing experiences
  • Expand leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to national health and security
  • Assess and expand national security and readiness concepts throughout the curriculum and their impact on health and care
  • Increase visibility of faculty expertise in operational doctrine and policy
  • Integrate and expand scholarship to inform operational doctrine and policy

In the News

Joining Forces Event

USU's Graduate School of Nursing was established in 1993 with the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Since then, it has grown in size and scope. Now, the GSN has four Master of Science in Nursing programs, three Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and a Doctor of Philosophy program.