About us

A legacy of service

Founded in 1956, the Orvis School of Nursing (OSN) at the University Of Nevada, Reno, is the oldest school of nursing in the state and committed to serving the healthcare needs of the people of Nevada through excellence in teaching, research and service.

The mission of the Orvis School of Nursing is to educate individuals for both entry level and advanced practice nursing roles by providing academic programs that use innovative teaching methods and meet the established educational standards of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, our accrediting body. The curricula emphasize nursing care for individuals, families & populations across the lifespan; among diverse cultures & beliefs; and for all socioeconomic groups in the context of their environments. We provide a strong foundation in evidence-based practice, inter-professional practice, clinical reasoning and critical thinking, and leadership. As part of a land-grant institution, our mission is to provide service to the State of Nevada and the professional community at large.

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