The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities encountered in the nursing profession. Recent emphasis on promotion of health, prevention of illness, as well as advances in caring for the ill, has opened new areas of employment and has created added responsibilities for practicing nurses. The School of Nursing introduces students to many opportunities for development of individual interests in varied health care settings. Today’s nurse may work in a hospital, a nursing home, a clinic, industry, the community, or physician’s office, as well as the Armed Forces. Within these settings, there is ample opportunity to care for persons with varied age groups in various medical, surgical, maternal-newborn, pediatric, and mental health needs. Nursing today offers a wide range of possibilities for the nurse to develop and progress. The School of Nursing provides a foundation for life-long learning and professional development and offers degree programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree designed specifically for registered nurses. The program of learning of the RN-BSN Program is consistent with the Philosophy and Mission of the University of Rio Grande and the Holzer School of Nursing. Through didactic academic courses and clinical rotations, each student is expected to develop knowledge and competency in critical thinking and effective decision making, use the nursing process in applying and evaluating nursing care for patients through the life cycle, and use basic research to explore issues in providing nursing care. As adult learners, students are expected to bring a unique set of life and educational experiences, values, beliefs, attitudes, expectations, and goals to the learning environment. As a result, the faculty expects that the student will be an active partner with faculty in creating a learning atmosphere that stimulates individual creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity.