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As Dean of the School of Nursing at Ponce Health Sciences University, I am delighted to be a part of this innovative and unique school, where I can use my 28 years of experience as a nurse, educator, and leader—never leaving aside being a constant student where I will learn something new daily. I am committed to following the vision and mission we established as a nursing school to achieve the highest levels of educational quality for future nursing professionals. 

Our mission is to prepare nursing professionals capable of offering holistic care, respecting all stages of growth and development, their patients’ beliefs and experiences, and focusing care in the multicultural context. Our mission is to guide our students to be competent professionals and equip them for the many roles and settings where our profession is growing. Therefore, nursing education at our School inspires discovery and lifelong learning, cultivates respect and trust, awareness of oneself and those around us, and other values important to us to act on local and global concerns to ensure health for everyone.

Aziza Mahmud Pérez, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, RN

Dean of Nursing School

Ponce Health Sciences University, PHSU


School of Nursing

Medical Education with Global Impact

The Nursing Faculty and Administration support the Guiding Principles of PHSU and are committed to supporting the core values of the Nursing Program as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics. The core values for nursing education are firmly based in science and the arts that support the provision of caring and compassionate patient-centered care. The baccalaureate graduate nurse is prepared to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments. The baccalaureate graduate understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients.


The Mission of the SON is to prepare ethical, compassionate, and culturally competent nursing professionals to impact the health of the communities we serve. By providing students a high-quality interprofessional, innovative, and technology-driven global education to improve the health of vulnerable populations by practicing scientific evidence-based clinical care and applying effective promotion, prevention, and intervention strategies.


The Vision of the School of Nursing is future-oriented and supports the vision of PHSU by aspiring to be recognized for excellence and innovation in education, leadership, advocacy, research, and culturally competent nursing practice.


The core values of the Nursing Program serve as the foundation of nursing practice at the BSN entry-level and applicable for advanced practice nursing as well. The “carative values” that guided in the development of the curriculum for the Nursing Program are based on the nursing theorist, Jean Watson (2001). The following are the core values shared by the faculty:

  • Caring
  • Diversity
  • Trust
  • Ethics
  • Excellence
  • Holism
  • Spirituality
  • Evidenced-Based Decision-making
  • Patient-Centeredness
  • Transformative Power of Technology
  • Willingness to Embrace Change


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