UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT
Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to make Christlike disciples through higher education. As a community, SNU enacts this mission by refining character, creating culture, and serving Christ.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
The mission of the SNU School of Nursing is to prepare servant-driven professionals who act as agents of healing and grace within diverse populations and in global settings, providing expert nursing care as an expression of Christian love.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
The philosophical underpinnings of the nursing school at SNU begin with the importance of a servant-driven environment of graciousness and kindness. The book of Ecclesiastes explains that a chord of three strands is not easily broken. In the context of this program, three conceptual strands are interwoven to produce the structure of the nursing approach at SNU. These three strands include the following:
- The development of the servant-driven scholar: Providing exceptional professional education in a student-centered learning environment.
- The development of the servant-driven caregiver: Preparing graduates who are able to collaborate as team members providing safe and exceptional care for a diversity of patients in a variety of local and global settings.
- The development of the servant-driven disciple: Supporting the student in his/her individual spiritual journey to enable each to foster and promote holistic, healing environments of care.
The three strands have been identified as providing an organizational scheme to the nursing philosophy and can more succinctly be identified as “think, do, love.” Within these strands are many threads. It is only when these threads and strands are woven together in a meaningful way that the character and professionalism of the nurse can be developed. All students have the potential to become scholars, caregivers and disciples of Christ. Although nursing education begins at SNU, the process of growth as a nurse is life-long.
Development of the Servant-Driven Scholar—Think
The SNU School of Nursing is committed to developing professionals who think clearly and who are able to make decisions, express ideas and contribute to professional dialog from the framework of the nursing discipline. The servant-driven nurse must be informed with a broad-based liberal arts education with exposure to both the issues that define culture and context as well as Biblical truth. Students also need to achieve demonstrable competence in the sciences most closely associated with human life. Evidence-based nursing practices demand an understanding of nursing concepts, theory, research and a knowledge of best practices.
Development of the Servant-Driven Caregiver—Do
In “doing,” the meta-paradigm of nursing is identifiable. There is a caring relationship between a nurse (the advocate, change agent, liaison, action figure) and the patient (the entity in need in some capacity), an environment (micro through macro levels, across geographic and cultural contexts, and including appropriate and necessary technology), and some aspect of health/healing/or wellbeing. The variations of each of these components are innumerable and the new professional nurse should be capable of recognizing variations and applying acquired knowledge in new and unique settings to bring about changes in health. Nurses are involved in moving the patient towards health in all environments while collaborating with other healthcare professionals. The SNU School of Nursing is committed to preparing nurses with the skills to perform within changing contexts across systems and across the globe.
Development of the Servant-Driven Disciple—Love
The SNU School of Nursing is committed to the development of compassionate, respectful nurses who serve others with integrity. Disciples of Christ do not seek to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45). This call to service motivates both intellectual learning and the development of the art of caring. Love for our fellowman is at the center of our practice and guides our decisions and actions. The Bible says that all human beings are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). SNU nurses are committed not only to the protection of life but also to the reduction of healthcare disparities. It is expected that nurses who graduate from SNU School of Nursing will enter into various servant leadership positions and help shape the future of nursing.
“Think, do, love” forms the three stranded chord that guides the development of the servant-driven nurse. The SNU School of Nursing is dedicated to student growth in knowledge, caregiving, and as disciples of Christ. Nurses grow in these areas as they study and as they interact reflectively with faculty and patients. The SNU School of Nursing is committed to encourage, facilitate and provide opportunities for growth for its students. The goal is to graduate nurses who possess the spiritual strength, self-knowledge, resiliency and skills to practice servant-driven nursing in a constantly changing world.
Acknowledgement given to Barnes, S.J., Johnson, J., Robertson, J., & Robinson, W. (2014) for the Mission and Philosophy of St. Gregory’s University (SGU) School of Nursing and to Terri Moser Woo, Director of Nursing, St. Martin’s University for permission to use the SGU philosophy and curriculum for reference. Acknowledgement to Dickey, M. (2018) as contributing author.
Upon graduation from Southern Nazarene University School of Nursing the student will be able to:
- Integrate Christian liberal arts education into basic nursing practice with an emphasis on social justice, ethical, spiritual, and holistic care. (Essentials I and IX)
- Collaborate with inter-professional team members, patients, families, and communities to ensure safe, evidence-based, quality care. (Essentials III and VI)
- Demonstrate Christian leadership as global healthcare professionals through partnership and advocacy to promote health and wellness while affecting healthcare disparities. (Essentials II and VIII)
- Blends informatics and technology with clinical decision-making and caring to provide safe, timely, efficient and effective nursing care. (Essentials IV and VI)
- Apply knowledge of healthcare policy, standards of practice, regulatory and financial processes to transform client and population health. (Essentials V, VII and IX)
- Engage in reflective practice and self-care to nurture healthy relationships and healing environments. (Essentials VI, VII, IX)