Our Mission, Vision and Philosophy


Our mission is to advance the science of health and healthcare through innovative research, teaching and clinical practice, as well as to educate nursing professionals who inspire optimal health and well-being in individuals, families and communities.


Our vision is to transform the nursing profession by preparing pioneers in research, education and practice to build innovative, interprofessional models of compassionate community-based healthcare.


The philosophy of the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing is aligned with the academic goals expressed by UC Irvine. It emanates from the mission and goals of both UC Irvine and the University of California system.

Nursing is interdisciplinary and collaborative in its art and its science. Together with other health professionals, the professional nurse addresses the healthcare needs of individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds. Healthcare needs range across the health-illness continuum from health promotion and wellness to intervention, treatment, rehabilitation, restoration and palliation in response to illness.

Professional nursing practice can occur in any environment. It includes clinical practice, research, education and leadership roles.

Nursing practice is guided by a set of ethical principles that include a commitment to service and quality healthcare for all without regard to culture, race, gender or social status. Each person possesses a unique set of biological, behavioral, socio-cultural and spiritual characteristics.

It is the responsibility of the professional nurse to understand and respect these characteristics and their role in the well-being of the individual. It is the right and responsibility of the individual, family or group to make autonomous healthcare decisions and to collaborate with nurses and other healthcare professionals caring for them.

Nursing science and the evidence for nursing practice is derived from research that is both basic and applied. Professional nurses evaluate the evidence when considering care alternatives. They participate in the research process to advance nursing practice and nursing science.

Nursing students are unique individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, which enrich the educational environment for all students. Nursing students require substantive backgrounds in the theory and practice of nursing as well as in related disciplines including the biological, social, behavioral, medical, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.

They require guidance to achieve increasingly complex levels of socialization, research skill, critical thinking, and written and oral expression. Nursing students have the responsibility to actively participate in their learning. UC Irvine provides multiple support systems, which students should access when needed.

Faculty have the responsibility of structuring the teaching and learning environment to facilitate student learning, taking into consideration individual learning styles and personal professional goals.