Nursing Mission, Core Values, Philosophy

Mission Statement

The mission of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Hospitals is to be a leader in providing compassionate, quality care focusing on the unique needs of patients and their families.

Core Values

We care about:

My Patient

The needs of our patients and their families guide our nursing care.

My Team

We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes respect, positive communication, and collaboration among all members of the patient/family/healthcare team.

My Hospital

Our practice reflects the Hospital's vision of "Leading, Teaching, Caring".

My Community

We are dedicated to serving the people of North Carolina and all who come to us for care, honoring their unique and diverse needs.

My Profession

We are committed to excellence in nursing by creating a culture of lifelong learning that integrates evidence-based practice, research and professional development.


The philosophy of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Hospitals reflects the vision and values of our organization. We support an environment that promotes professional nursing practice and which emphasizes several key principles: 

  • Nursing care for each patient and family is individualized, compassionate, and culturally appropriate.
  • Nurses collaborate with patients, families, and other health team members to plan and provide nursing care that will achieve an optimal level of health and wellness, or when this is not possible, support the experience of loss and death.
  • Holistic, coordinated, and effective patient care is based on scientific and ethical principles, research findings, cultural understanding and experience-based intuition.
  • Excellence in nursing practice is achieved through a shared governance approach that promotes the involvement of the professional nurse in interdisciplinary collaboration and provides venues for the nurse to advocate for the patient in clinical and organizational decision-making.

Carolina Care

We believe in creating a work climate for nurses that nurtures and supports clinical expertise, education, shared governance and research, fostering the recruitment and retention of nursing staff who demonstrate the highest integrity, competence, and qualifications.

Developed by UNC Hospitals Department of Nursing Shared Governance Steering Committee,
January 2007
Approved by: Dr. Mary C. Tonges, RN, PhD, FAAN