Mission and Vision

University Mission

The University of Kentucky is a public land-grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the university plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being.

College of Nursing Strategic Plan 

The College's strategic plans show how we have created deliberate steps to optimize the health of our learning and working environments and create an engaged culture – one that empowers students, faculty and staff to reach their full potential. 

Strategic Plan for 2020-2025

Strategic Plan for 2015-2020

Systematic Process for Annual Program Effectiveness 

College of Nursing Mission

The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is to promote health and well-being through excellence in nursing education, research, practice and service while fostering diversity and inclusion.


The College of Nursing will be one of the nation’s top nursing programs in education, research, practice and service.


U    Unique and innovative contributions to healthcare
K    Knowledge and evidence-based practice
C    Collaborative and diverse learning environments
O    Open and respectful relationships
N    Nursing leadership and recognition

Values Statement

In Spring 2015, faculty and staff governance took a bold stand to promote working and learning environments by declaring a College of Nursing Values Statement. As the new dean of nursing, Dr. Janie Heath was impressed with how quickly faculty and staff responded and championed this effort so successfully. With unanimous approval, all faculty, staff and students will join our efforts to "walk the talk" of our values to promote healthy working and learning environments. Read the Values Statement here.

Mission, Vision and Values approved by College of Nursing Faculty 3/7/07. Values revised and approved by College of Nursing Faculty 3/2/10.
Values Statement approved by College of Nursing Faculty 05/13/15.​

UKHC Nursing Strategic Plan: Our Academic-Clinical Partnership

The UKHC nursing strategic plan is a living document that provides the foundation and the direction for all levels of nursing at UK HealthCare. The strategic plan includes identified objectives that provide nursing with a long-term vision, tactics that focus our daily work, and targets with frequency measures to provide a system of accountability. Read the Strategic Plan here.

Building Community through our Values and Aspirations

The UK College of Nursing held its 2015 Faculty/Staff Retreat4Ward at Spindletop Hall. More than 120 faculty and staff attended the event to update the College’s mission, vision and values, to create a new strategic plan and to strengthen our ability to work together as a community. Click here or the image below to see how our community is working together to engage with our values and aspirations.