Philosophy of the School of Nursing: What We Believe
The love of God is expressed through service to mankind.
All people are unique, integrated beings created by God with spiritual, physical, psychological, social and cultural elements and therefore, nurses view individuals as whole beings.
As God's creation, individuals have intrinsic value and are worthy of respect.
Nursing practice has the goal of promoting, maintaining and/or restoring optimal wholeness and health.
The caring nurse works with people to promote self-management and enable them to achieve optimum health and actively participate in health care decisions.
Nurses work independently and interdependently as caregivers, advocates, educators, counselors, coordinators, and collaborators to accomplish whole person care.
Christian professional nurses demonstrate the love of God through caring about the whole person. The Christian nurse is able to assess and provide direct and collaborative spiritual care while respecting each person's unique beliefs by maintaining a non-judgmental, patient-centered approach.
To improve health care, nurses need to:
- Be knowledgeable about current trends in health care
- Work together locally, regionally, nationally and globally
- Develop critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills
- Use evidence to inform nursing practice
- Become life-long learners
Learning is a partnership between faculty and students. Faculty members provide a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment where caring behaviors are modeled in all interactions.