Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


MNSON Core Values

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) at Loyola University Chicago is committed to the five “hallmark characteristics of a Jesuit education.”  These characteristics provide the foundation for our core values.  The MNSON core values challenge administrators, faculty, students, communities, and partners to think differently.  Graduating professionals who are technically proficient is necessary, but not sufficient.  Our graduates will shape the future of health and health care.  To prepare them, we implement the following values:   

“Commitment to Excellence: Applying well-learned lessons and skills to achieve new ideas, better solutions and vital answers.”  The MNSON actualizes this Jesuit value by:

  • Promoting dialogue, critical thinking, and the discernment of meaning in the process of enhancing health of persons and communities, both locally and globally.
  • Fostering an academic environment that supports and guides students in their transformation toward becoming health care leaders.

“Faith in God and the religious tradition: Promoting well-formed and strongly held beliefs in one’s faith tradition to deepen others’ relationship with God.” The MNSON actualizes this Jesuit value by:

  • Acknowledging that humans are physical, psychosocial, and spiritual beings.
  • Recognizing that spirituality affects health.
  • Respecting that spirituality is lived out differently through diverse faiths, beliefs, and religious traditions.
  • Creating a safe place to search for meaning in the process of discovery and transformation, as well as social change.
  • Respecting our potential for achievement while accepting our human limitations in the pursuit of good.

“Service that promotes justice: Using learning and leadership in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others.”  The MNSON actualizes this Jesuit value by:

  • Committing to social justice by engaging individuals, families, and communities, both locally and globally, to improve and promote health.
  • Recognizing that health disparities exist; those with the greatest need and with the least access hold a higher priority for action.
  • Engaging in research and application of evidence-based practice or best practices that limit health disparities.

“Values-based leadership:  Ensuring a consistent focus on personal integrity, ethical behavior in business and in all professions, and the appropriate balance between justice and fairness.”  This is what it means in the MNSON:

  • Fostering synergistic collaborations within and between professions, disciplines, programs, and partners.
  • Respecting the dignity and fundamental rights of all.
  • Embracing the tension that exists between competing priorities (e.g., mission-driven, financially-driven, Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services) when making choices.
  • Accepting responsibility to make choices and act through discernment, being wise stewards of resources.
  • Actively seeking diversity in people, programs, professions, and practice to strengthen the communities of which we are a part.
  • Promoting a culture of purposeful transparency.

“Global Awareness: Demonstrating an understanding that the world’s people and societies are interrelated and interdependent.”  The MNSON actualizes this Jesuit value by:

  • Understanding that individuals are intimately connected to, live within, and operate within community.
  • Recognizing that communities have cultural capital with unique strengths.
  • Fostering relationships and engaging in partnerships in order to promote health. 
  • Embracing culture as a means to serve and to lead change toward better health. 
  • Applying the lessons we learn locally to global milieus and applying lessons learned globally to local initiatives.