MissionThe School of Nursing is a student-centered Christian community which embraces a culture of openness and mutual respect, excellence in teaching, and the privilege of service. We strive to provide an academically challenging education that enables men and women of diverse backgrounds to safely practice professional nursing with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage, and faith.
VisionThe vision of the School of Nursing is to promote health, improve care, and impact cost through excellence in teaching, practice, service, and scholarship in the context of a caring Christian environment.
PhilosophyThe philosophy of the School of Nursing is based on the values of integrity, inquiry, collaboration, humility, and service, which are congruent with the vision and values of Belmont University. As an integral part of the Belmont University Christian community, the School of Nursing provides opportunities for students to discover individual talents, grow spiritually, and acquire professional nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The School of Nursing synthesizes the liberal arts, sciences and professional education, providing a foundation to develop critical thinking essential for nursing practice. Educational experiences are created in a caring, Christ-centered environment and designed to develop a competent, compassionate professional able to function in a variety of practice settings with an emphasis on population-focused care. Teaching and learning are considered to be collaborative, active efforts, requiring mutual respect, and producing changes in behaviors and values that are essential to nursing practice.
The School of Nursing faculty identifies Jesus Christ as the Master Healer and the ultimate role model for caring and serving. The School of Nursing faculty serves students as strong role models through commitment to excellence as teachers, learners, scholars, clinicians, and servant leaders. The profession of nursing requires the following: to function as a confident member of the interprofessional team; to engage in clinical reasoning; to communicate effectively for the delivery of safe, quality, evidenced-based care; and to apply high moral and ethical standards. These nursing profession requirements promote the delivery of patient centered care to individuals, families, and communities of diverse backgrounds in various settings. The School of Nursing faculty serves as mentors and consultants, who collaboratively assist all nursing students to discern, apply, and evaluate care for self and others.
Graduates are challenged to embrace a commitment to lifelong learning by increasing knowledge, competence, and advocacy for patients and professional nurses. Baccalaureate nursing students are prepared to function as nursing generalists. The baccalaureate graduate has the foundation to build on knowledge and experiences preparing each to become a leader in the profession. Graduate level nursing students are prepared to function as specialists and advance the nursing profession. All graduates are equipped to promote health, improve care, and impact health care cost.
AffiliationBelmont University School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing and the Southern Council of Collegiate Education for Nursing. The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
The Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Belmont University are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
In addition, the School of Nursing holds the charter for the Omicron Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.