School ofNursing

A Message from Dean Sheila Smith

Welcome to the School of Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University, where care for our patients and for our world combine with highest professional ethics and commitment to academic and practice excellence, to prepare you for a deeply rewarding career in nursing. We develop nurse leaders who make a difference in the lives of their patients, the profession, and their communities. Excellence in clinical practice, professional caring, a holistic approach, and well-developed critical thinking are hallmarks of PLU nursing graduates. In addition, graduates from the PLU School of Nursing are committed to highest possible health outcomes through a patient-centered approach to care. Social justice, global engagement, values-based personal development, and a commitment to service are fostered through the development of strong clinical skills and professional nursing content mastery. In addition, your education at PLU will foster your growth as a person, confident in your ability to collaborate fully with experts in nursing and other fields, and to contribute meaningfully to health change.

Our faculty experts are committed to your development as a purposeful, thoughtful, highly-skilled, and highly-valued professional. You will experience excellent mentoring in a compassionate and intellectually stimulating environment, where expert practice will challenge you to grow and succeed in nursing. Whether you are joining us for the BSN, MSN, or DNP, the relationships and foundation of learning you develop at PLU will serve you for a lifetime and foster your contributions to a life of care. Our innovative academic and continuing education programs prepare nurses to meet the demands of complex healthcare systems, community partnerships, high risk populations, and evidence-based care across the continuum of healthcare delivery. Thank you for selecting Pacific Lutheran University for your nursing education. We look forward to joining you on your journey.

Sheila K. Smith, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC

Dean and Professor

Sheila SmithSheila Smith, PhD, ARNP


Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing