Update from the Chief Nurse Administrator

December 7, 2016


We celebrate the conclusion of another busy and successful semester as we take time to reflect on this truly happy and blessed Christmas season. We value your partnership with us in this journey of excellence in nursing education for Idaho and elsewhere.

NNU Awarded Funding Support for White Coat Ceremony

December 7, 2016


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing selected 50 schools of nursing across the nations to receive funding support to host White Coat Ceremonies. The focus of the White Coat Ceremony is to introduce students early in their professional formation to the commitment to humanistic, patient-centered care in nursing.

Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter-at-Large Creation

December 7, 2016


The Mu Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at Boise State University has been working with faculty at NNU to establish a chapter-at-large of the nursing honor society between the two schools of nursing. The process will take place over the next year and culminate in full approval and recognition of the new chapter at STTI’s national convention in November 2017.

Fall 2016 Nursing Alumni News

December 7, 2016


Learn what your former classmates are doing! Hear updates from the classes of 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Submit your own updates to be included in the Spring 2017 Nursing Alumni News.

Update from the Department Chair

May 3, 2016


Another year is almost done and dusted and one reflects on the events that have shaped it. We are preparing for our 15th Pinning Ceremony for the Class of 2016. This has over the years become a highlight of the graduation festivities. We have 29 students graduating and we will miss them when they move onto to their new careers.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program to Begin Fall 2016

May 3, 2016


The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program upholds the mission of NNU through the transformation of the undergraduate nurse to the Advanced Practice Nurse.

MSN Students Debate Medicaid Expansion in Idaho

May 3, 2016


In Idaho, 78,000 people do not qualify for Medicaid nor for the federal subsidies allowing them to purchase their own health insurance. This past fall MSN students decided to become involved in the debate on expanding Medicaid to include low-income Idaho residents.

NNU Alumnus Receives 2015 St. Luke’s Presidential Award

May 3, 2016


Scottie Kafka, a 2008 graduate of the BSN program was a 2015 recipient of the very prestigious St. Luke’s President’s Award, given to outstanding, role model St. Luke’s employees.

Update from Dr. Lester

October 13, 2015


I love the crisp mornings and cooler evenings; the changing colors and the gorgeous blue skies. To me it is also a time to reflect a little on a new school year. This year is especially reflective for us as we anticipate a site visit by our professional body CCNE, later on in October.

Healthy U @ NNU

October 13, 2015


Staff and students at NNU had the opportunity to get flu vaccines, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening, blood sugar checks, mammograms and body fat % calculations at the Healthy U @ NNU Health Fair on October 2nd in the Student Center.

New Faculty in Nursing

October 13, 2015


This fall the Nursing Department welcomes Bethany Mello DNP, NP-c to the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program faculty position. Bethany is a 2003 graduate of the Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree program at NNU.

Our Caring Makes a Difference

October 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. Imbedded in the head, hands and heart of nursing is the practice of caring.

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Spring Break Trip

October 13, 2015


Nine undergraduate nursing students, along with Professors Jane Weis, Bonnie Zaroban, David Blowers and Dr. Ron Galloway, visited Costa Rica and Nicaragua over Spring Break, March 17th through 31st.

Update from the Department Head

March 27, 2015


The first signs of spring are here and that means graduation, pinning and alumni reunions are just around the corner. I love Pinning as an event because it is all about nursing and what nursing represents. Please join us for this event if you are free, May 8 at 1 p.m.

Graduate Education: Am I really ready for that?

March 27, 2015


Consider this: a school nurse conducted a district-wide assessment of the prevalence of obesity among adolescents. The nurse also examined the level of knowledge of high school students in regards to diet, fast food, and activity and exercise. Working with a team, they developed an interactive web site to help teens learn ways to incorporate healthy living into their daily lives.

Esther Herzog—Making a Difference

March 27, 2015


It is true that big things sometimes come in small packages—or envelopes. Last fall a small, insignificant letter arrived in the nursing department that has had a big impact on nursing at NNU. It was a card from the family of Esther Herzog, a 1947 graduate of NNU and a 1953 graduate of the Samaritan School of Nursing. With the card came a check for $25,000 to be used to further nursing education at NNU.

2014 Nursing Alumni Gala

March 27, 2015


The evening of November 6, 2014 was a time of celebrating nursing at Northwest Nazarene University at the first annual Nursing Alumni Gala. The theme for the evening was Honoring the Past…Treasuring the Present…Shaping the Future. The Gala was attended by 108 alumni, students, faculty and other supporters of nursing.

Calling for Nominations

March 27, 2015

Do you know an outstanding graduate of Northwest Nazarene University’s Nursing Program? Please consider nominating them for one of the Nursing Alumni Awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 2015 Nursing Gala on November 12.

Seeking Alumni Updates

March 27, 2015


We hope to make news about the NNU nursing alumni a regular feature of this online publication. We may occasionally focus on an individual alumnus, but primarily want to include the updates and tidbits that you send us about what you are doing.

Update from the Department Head--Barbara Lester RN, RM, PhD

September 19, 2014


Welcome to the first edition of the Nursing at NNU Newsletter!  We hope to make this a regular means of staying in touch with our alumni and friends to keep you up-to-date about nursing at NNU.

Student Nurse Association Update

September 18, 2014


The NNU SNA is a student-driven community service club. Last year there were 37 active members, making up 33% of the nursing student body. This group amassed 280+ hours of community service.

Nursing Practice Lab Redesign and Improvements

September 18, 2014


Thanks to a generous grant from Blue Cross of Idaho, the advanced nursing practice lab was redesigned this summer to better meet the needs of undergraduate students as well as Family Nurse Practitioner students.

NNU Nursing Students Provide Significant Service to the Community

September 18, 2014


The students in Nursing 4010: Nursing of Diverse Populations in the Community have been involved in a variety of service related health promotion, protection and maintenance activities in the Nampa-Boise community.

Immunization Champion Award

September 18, 2014


NNU Nursing students serve the local community by partnering with the Canyon Area Immunization Coalition (CAIC), one of the first and most effective local immunization coalitions in Idaho

NNU’s First Alumni Gala Event

September 18, 2014


Don't miss the Nursing Alumni Gala Dinner, November 6 during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2014

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.