Schools & Divisions
School of Nursing
About the School of Nursing
The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In addition, the B.A/B.S to B.S.N. Mobility Option is an 18- month, full-time program, designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non—nursing field and have decided on a career in nursing.
The mission of the Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing is to form partnerships for preparing students for diverse professional nursing roles in the 21st century.
"Fostering health and human dignity while promoting professional integrity".
Code of Ethics for Nurses
Students who are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to follow the Code of Ethics for Nurses. Each person, upon entering the profession, inherits a measure of responsibility and trust in the profession and the corresponding obligation to adhere to standards of ethical practice and conduct set by the profession. The code was adopted by the American Nurses' Association in 1950 and revised in 1960, 1968, 1976, and, most recently, 2001.
- The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
- The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community.
- The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
- The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse's obligation to provide optimum patient care.
- The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.
- The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action.
- The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development.
- The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs.
- The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, NY, 10006, phone: (212) 989-9393 and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036-1120, phone: (202) 887-6791.
The School of Nursing is an agency member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, National League for Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The School of Nursing Alumni Association is a constituent member of the Alumni Association of the university with representation on its executive council.
Sigma Theta Tau International
The Alpha Chapter of the international honor society of nursing was organized at Indiana University. Students may be admitted to membership when they have demonstrated excellence in their nursing programs and have shown superior academic and personal records Qualified members of the nursing profession, upon demonstration of marked achievement in nursing, are also eligible for membership. Leadership, research, and scholarship constitute the purposes of Sigma Theta Tau.
Student Nurses' Association
Undergraduate students are eligible for membership in the National Student Nurses' Association, Indiana Association of Nursing Students, and IU Northwest's local chapter. Eligibility includes the students enrolled in the baccalaureate program, or the second degree option. The chief purpose of the organization is to aid in the preparation of students for the assumption of professional responsibilities.