About Us

The mission of the Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing is to provide an exceptional nursing education to a diverse student body in an inclusive, equitable environment that will advance the delivery of outstanding healthcare to local and global communities.


The vision of Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing is:

  • To actively respond to society’s need for caring, knowledgeable, and skilled nursing professionals.
  • To use and develop evidence-based research as the foundation for contemporary education and clinical practice.
  • To be a leader in nursing education.

Message from the Interim Dean

Nursing has been named the most trusted profession for 21 years in a row according to a recent Gallup poll. For more than 120 years, the Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing (PSON) has been a key contributor to the profession by preparing and graduating thousands of nurses who are collectively upholding the values and ethics of nursing and caring for the diverse populations and communities that we serve. You too can be a part of this impactful journey.

At PSON, we continue to embrace our diverse student body and remain committed to upholding the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Every student who comes to PSON has their own unique journey and story to tell. We give students the resources, knowledge, and experiences they need to succeed and thrive as nurses. We recognize from the beginning the challenges related to this transition. Our Pre-Entry Immersion Program aims to acclimate and assist our students as they step into the role of a student nurse.

We are also fortunate to be a part of the Mount Sinai Health System and to be able to offer high-quality experiential learning throughout the system’s eight hospitals and hundreds of ambulatory sites. Throughout your clinical experiences, you will have the opportunity to establish relationships with nurses and nurse leaders within the Health System that will propel your career. Our state-of-the-art simulation center, featuring multi-level fidelity simulators coupled with facilitation by our esteemed faculty, offers our students additional hands-on experience and the opportunity to develop critical thinking, clinical decision-making, clinical judgment, and time management skills in a low-stakes environment.

We also have a variety of academic practice partnerships with the Mount Sinai Health System—notably our student nurse internships in specialties where there is great demand, such as emergency nursing and oncology. In addition, we have our unique Phillips Fellows evidence-based practice and quality improvement program, where selected fellows are able to develop, implement, and disseminate findings even before they become nurses.

In four semesters, our goal is to help every student learn to think like a nurse. Beyond the clinical knowledge, we want to help you develop the personal skills you’ll need to thrive. The skill to adapt is vitally important—both as a nurse and as a student. As a student, you’ll have a demanding schedule, and every semester is different. And as a practicing nurse, you will often encounter new and challenging situations.

We want your journey at PSON to be life-changing in the sense that you are not just coming here to learn how to be a nurse, but to grow as an individual in ways you couldn’t imagine. We hope to help you discover an even deeper appreciation of life, your purpose, meaning, gratification, and joy.

For most, it’s a calling, not just a job. The Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing is an extraordinary place to learn and fulfill your calling. I say all this with gratitude and excitement as I am a proud graduate of PSON. I’ve studied here, I’ve taught here, and now as Interim Dean, I want your experience here to be as rich and rewarding as mine has been and continues to be. I welcome you to embark on this transformational journey with us.

Vivian Lien, DNP, RN, CNE
Interim Dean and Assistant Professor