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Our Caring Makes a Difference

Published on Oct 13, 2015.
We believe that individuals in the Northwest Nazarene University Nursing Program incorporate their head, hands and their heart into their practice of nursing. They use their heads as they work in healthcare and incorporate knowledge into their provision of care to patients in a variety of settings. They also practice with highly skilled hands and a heart devoted to service to God and mankind. Imbedded in the head, hands and heart of nursing is the practice of caring.

We, in the NNU Nursing Department believe that our caring makes a difference. We have chosen to be intentional about caring and to provide a special focus on caring during this academic year. During the Academic Convocation and Caring Ceremony on September 4th, each nursing student and faculty member was given the “Our Caring Makes a Difference” pin to wear on their nursing uniform. Dr. Barbara Lester described caring as growing out of the love that Christ has for us and our gratitude for who we are in Christ. It requires the time and presence (being there and demonstrating understanding) of the nurse combined with the application of scientific principles and the development of a relationship with the patient.

While caring can involve many behaviors and skills, Dr. Lester listed the following top ten caring behaviors, as derived from nursing literature: attentive listening, comforting, honesty, patience, responsibility, providing information so the patient can make an informed decision, touch, sensitivity, respect, and calling the patient by name. She emphasized that caring is not dependent on how we feel in the moment or on physical skills. Caring is no longer the norm for many nurses today. However, for us at NNU, caring is our focus and standard as we pursue excellence in nursing practice, remember that we represent Christ in our interactions with those entrusted to our care.

About the Department

The Department of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University provides undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs related to the professional field of nursing. We are nationally accredited and offer programs that can meet the needs of students in a wide variety of settings.