Mission and Strategic Plan


The National League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.

Core Values

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:

The Leader in Nursing Education

Enhance the NLN's national and international impact as the recognized leader in nursing education.


  • Drive initiatives to build inclusive excellence in the nurse educator workforce and the environments in which they work.
  • Promote the preparation of a diverse nurse workforce that contributes to health care quality and safety.
  • Advance excellence, innovation, and integrity in nursing education across all types of nursing programs for diverse learner populations.
  • Cultivate a global community of nurse educators to identify and influence issues related to excellence in nursing education.

Commitment to Members

Lead a diverse, sustainable, member-focused organization that engages, empowers, and is responsive to nurse educators across the career continuum.


  • Advance sustainable growth through integration of a mission-aligned business model to serve our members as an industry-leading organization.
  • Establish a prominent role in the educational and professional development of its members by shifting to a highly personalized dynamic experience.
  • Offer innovative products and services tailored to the unique needs of learners, faculty, and administrators.
  • Strengthen the value of membership through an integrated offerings portfolio for nursing education and the community at-large.

The Champion for Nurse Educators

Be the voice of nurse educators and champion their interests and partnerships in political, academic, and professional arenas.


  • Expand opportunities for the professional advancement of nurse educators.
  • Advocate for equity and recognition in the advanced practice role of nurse educators.
  • Shape and inform public policy on nursing education at all levels and serve as a valued source of data for legislation, regulations, or decisions about nursing education and the nurse educator workforce.
  • Cultivate, expand and sustain alliances with interprofessional and influential organizations.

Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education

Promote research that generates evidence about nursing education and the scholarship of teaching.


  • Promote the continuous development of faculty as educator-scholars.
  • Advocate for and channel resources to support nursing education research.
  • Transform nursing education through the development, design and advancement of research initiatives.
  • Advance the health of the nation and global community through nursing education science.