Shaping the future of nursing

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About Emory’s School of Nursing

As one of the nation's top nursing schools in U.S. News rankings and research, Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has committed to educating visionary nurse leaders and scholars for more than 100 years. Today, we offer undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and non-degree programs, bringing together cutting-edge resources, distinguished faculty, top clinical experiences, and access to leading healthcare partners to shape the future of nursing and impact our world's health and well-being. And that's just part of what makes the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing the No. 1 school of nursing in Georgia, No. 1 in the nation for our masters degree programs, and No. 3 for our undergraduate nursing programs.

While U.S. News rankings and stats are great validators, what we achieve isn't really about's about our students, our faculty, our health care partners, and the world of nursing science we're advancing. Together.

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ranked graduate nursing school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
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Leading the Way

The School of Nursing thrives under the guidance of Dean Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, and a team of committed leadership.
Meet the team

Mission / Vision / Values

Our Mission
Educate visionary nurse leaders and scholars
Generate and apply knowledge
Transform nursing, health, and systems of health care within the local and global community
our Vision
To promote optimal health and wellness for all by creating, changing, and leading through innovative teaching, discovery, nursing practice, and social action in our local and global communities.
Our Values
To promote optimal health and wellness for all by creating, changing, and leading through innovative teaching, discovery, nursing practice, and social action in our local and global communities.
We believe the only way forward is to share what we know and work together, across communities, perspectives, and cultures.
Social Responsibility
We treat all with respect and dignity and actively engage with others to positively influence health and social justice for all humans.
We use our knowledge and rigor to create the world’s newest and most exciting approaches to health education and health care.
We stand as an example, shaping nursing, health care, and our school through vision, courage, and optimism.


At the School of Nursing, we believe that nursing occupies a unique and privileged position of influence and trust in efforts to improve human health. Our core values — excellence, collaboration, social responsibility, innovation, and leadership — provide us with the foundation to shape the future of caring and health. Faculty, students, and staff collaborate in this effort. Their uniqueness and diversity create a dynamic and creative learning environment that fosters the professional development of integrity, commitment, and respect. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are vital components to the School of Nursing.


The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will:

  • Prepare the next generation of highly competent, inquisitive, and caring nurses.
  • Solve critical health issues for patient, families, and communities through discovery of new knowledge and innovations.
  • Develop visionary leaders to shape the future of nursing and healthcare.
  • Engage fully in ethical dialogue and abide by standards of honesty, civility, transparency and fairness.
  • Advance interprofessional collaboration and education.
  • Foster a vibrant academic community that embraces wellness, cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusivity.
  • Take bold action to cultivate systems of health care where nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training to improve patient outcomes and advance health.
  • Pursue actions that sustain the environment of the local and global community.

Strategic Goals

  • Create an outstanding experience from prospective student to alumnus.
  • Transform nursing science through inquiry, methods, and partnerships.
  • Lead in the development of innovative educational programs and teaching-learning methods.
  • Become a leader in health policy and advocacy, positively influencing systems of health care delivery and issues of health equity and social justice.
  • Lead and model the integration of optimal health and wellness throughout the SON, University, and community.
  • Expand the scope and impact of global and community engagement.

Primary Initiatives

  • Improve the student experience
  • Build capacity for complex data analytics
  • Streamline curricular pathways between degrees
  • Lead in health promotion and wellness initiatives
  • Advance health policy and advocacy activities
  • Expand global health and community engagement activities