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Nursing faculty aspire to professional excellence in teaching, practice, scholarship, and service to Northwest Nazarene University and the communities of Idaho and elsewhere. Our vision is to be a community of nurse leaders, guiding professional nurses and advanced practitioners who are committed to Christian values, professional ideals, lifelong learning, and meaningful practice in an increasingly technological health care system within national and international communities.

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Lisa Wilkes
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    Five vision imperatives give focus to NNU's Vision 2025:



  • Forming Scholars—Pursuing Truth, Seeking Wisdom (Professional excellence in teaching and practice)
  • Nurturing Disciples—Living in the Great Commandments (Leading and guiding professional nurses)
  • Serving the Church—Covenant Partners in the Great Commission (Service to NNU & communities)
  • Shaping the Culture—God’s Creative Agents (Committed to professional ideal and meaningful practice)
  • Redeeming the World—God’s Redemptive Agents (Committed to Christian values)
Graduates of the BSN program and the RN-BSN program at Northwest Nazarene University will:
  • Apply theories and concepts from scientific and liberal arts education into nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership and communucation skills to effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team in a variety of settings.
  • Integrate evidence, clinical judgement, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care in a variety of settings.
  • Incorporates ethical standards of data security, regulatory requirements, and confidentiality in the use of patient care technologies to address the needs of a diverse patient population.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and structure at the local, regional, national, and global levels in order to advocate for patients and the profession.
  • Advocate for high quality, evidence based, safe patient care as a member of the interprofessional and intraprofessional teams to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Collaborate to develop interventions that take into account social determinates of health, available resources, and the range of activities that contribute to health and the prevention of illness, injury, disability, and premature death for vulnerable populations.
  • Integrate values reflective of the character of God and the Christian worldview as well as those professional ethics into their daily practice of nursing and the advancement of nursing as a profession.
  • Implement the role of the nurse generalist through the nursing process to provide holistic, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical and nursing management across the health-illness continuum in all healthcare settings.
  • These outcomes reflect the expectations of the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and the mission of the University and the College of Nursing.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Education program at Northwest Nazarene University will:
  • Role model Christ-like ethical behavior; be exemption of integrity and honesty in the role of a nurse with an advanced degree.
  • Describe the foundations of care and the art and science of the nursing profession and practice as it relates to self, individuals, families and clinical population across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate scholarly activity in utilizing evidence based practice and transferring research findings to clinical practice in order to deliver quality care.
  • Role-model clinical, leadership, and educational expertise to improve health outcomes of communities served in diverse healthcare settings.
  • The graduate nurse advocates for diverse populations and demonstrates social justice in healthcare delivery which promotes and preserves health communities through collaboration with the interprofessional health care team.
  • These outcomes reflect the expectations of the AACN Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (2011) and the mission of the University and the College of Nursing.