The mission of the NIU - School of Nursing, is to improve the health of individuals and diverse communities locally and globally through leadership and excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and service. The academic rigor of the program is for shaping nursing graduates to be professionals. Our strength lies in the strategic creation of an environment that embodies excellence in research, teaching and practices and aim for growth that is planned, innovative, and financially sound. The School of Nursing believes that "When you are a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours." We want to do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse.