The Andrews University Department of Nursing, a program based on Seventh-day Adventist precepts and restoration to the Image of God, provides transformational nursing education which equips students to function as professional nurses in direct care, advanced practice, research and education. Through the following activities, the Department of Nursing encourages students to seek knowledge, affirm faith, and provide changes that impact the world of healthcare:
- Prepare nurses that provide culturally competent, high quality, evidence-based patient-centered care.
- Prepare nurses for first-time licensing and certification success.
- Encourage lifelong learning
- Prepare nurses to practice within the Christian context of “Restoration to the Image of God.”
- Promote personal spiritual growth.
- Teach theoretical underpinning of wellness, illness and disease within the context of the Great Controversy.
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- Teach with service/mission focus, medical evangelism.
- Teach current whole-person nursing care across the lifespan which addresses wellness and Illness.
- Prepare nurse leaders with a mindset for professional and ethical practice which incorporates communication (all venues), teamwork and collaboration.
To prepare professional nurses to reflect Christian spirituality, caring attitudes, clinical excellence and cultural competence for service and practice in concert with the four main initiatives from the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s report on the future of nursing (October 5, 2010):
- Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
- Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
- Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
- Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.