School of Nursing Vision, Mission, & Curriculum Values
The School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University embraces, as a covenant, the
commitment to excellence within a dynamic Christian environment in which each one will
engage in the sacred work of nursing. This sacred work involves symbolically removing
one’s shoes in service of others.
Take off your sandals for the place you are standing is holy ground. Exodus 3:5 NIV
The School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University exists to support the university
Wesleyan mission and to provide an interdisciplinary learning program of excellence.
Graduates of the SON are distinctly identified by grace, truth and holiness, serving others
after the example of Christ, as they are sent to fulfill their calling as professional nurses.
So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist.
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciple’s feet, drying them with a
towel that was wrapped around Him. John 13: 4-5 NIV
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s
feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13: 14-15 NIV
Inquiring Faithfully: Student will demonstrate knowledge, skill and behavior of the evidence-based
practice of nursing which integrates growth in reasoning, analysis, decision-making and the
application of theory with the goal of advocating for others and/or self. This includes holistic
nursing skills and the nursing process.
Leading Faithfully: The student will incorporate a foundational relationship with Christ and others
and embrace a willingness to serve others in the midst of life circumstances (e.g., illness, injustice,
poverty). The student will role-model the need for “Sabbath Rest” as a means of personal renewal,
and true care of the self, so that service to others is optimally achieved. The student will incorporate
the characteristics of a servant leader including: humility, courage, forgiveness, discernment.
Communicating Faithfully: The student will actively engage in the dynamic interactive process that is
intrapersonal and interpersonal with the goal of advocating for others and/or self. This includes
effective, culturally appropriate communication conveys information, thoughts, actions and feelings
through the use of verbal and nonverbal skills.
Following Faithfully: Defined as claiming the challenge from Florence Nightingale that nursing is a
“divine imposed duty of ordinary work.” The nursing student will integrate the ordinary work by
complying with and adhering to regulatory and professional standards (e.g. ANA Code of Ethics, the
California Board of Registered Nursing, Scope of Nursing Practice, SON Handbook). This includes
taking responsibility, being accountable for all actions and treating others with respect and dignity.
Caring Faithfully: The student will embrace a calling to the ministry of compassionate care for all
people in response to God’s grace, which aims to foster optimal health and bring comfort in suffering