National League for Nursing - About the NLN
The National League for Nursing implements its mission guided by four dynamic and integrated core values that permeate the organization and are reflected in its work:
- CARING: promoting health, healing, and hope in response to the human condition
- INTEGRITY: respecting the dignity and moral wholeness of every person without conditions or limitation;
- DIVERSITY: affirming the uniqueness of and differences among persons, ideas, values, and ethnicities
- EXCELLENCE: co-creating and implementing transformative strategies with daring ingenuity
CARING: A culture of caring, as a fundamental part of the nursing profession, characterizes our concern and consideration for the whole person, our commitment to the common good, and our outreach to those who are vulnerable. All organizational activities are managed in a participative and person-centered way, demonstrating an ability to understand the needs of others and a commitment to act always in the best interests of all stakeholders.
INTEGRITY: A culture of integrity is evident when organizational principles of open communication, ethical decision-making, and humility are encouraged, expected, and demonstrated consistently. Not only is doing the right thing simply how we do business, but our actions reveal our commitment to truth telling and to how we always see ourselves from the perspective of others in a larger community.
DIVERSITY: A culture of diversity embraces acceptance, respect, and inclusivity. We understand that each individual is unique and recognize individual differences, which can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. A culture of diversity is about understanding ourselves and each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the richness of each individual. While diversity can be about individual differences, it also encompasses institutional and system-wide behavior patterns. We must always remember that diversity without inclusivity lacks action, representing a missed opportunity.
EXCELLENCE: A culture of excellence reflects a commitment to continuous growth, improvement, and understanding. It is a culture where transformation is embraced, and the status quo and mediocrity are not tolerated.
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