Trinity Western University

School of Nursing


The philosophy of the School of Nursing is consistent with Trinity Western University’s view that the educational experience should cultivate knowledge and personal development to glorify God and to serve humankind.

Nursing education at TWU seeks to develop the whole person by facilitating students’ intellectual, socio-cultural, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. The liberal arts foundation supports holistic student development. Core courses in science, art, philosophy, language, religion, and society and culture encourage students to think biblically, critically, ethically, and creatively about the world. Students develop specific nursing knowledge alongside an appreciation for beauty, wisdom, and moral sensitivity. Courses are framed within the context of the Christian worldview. Interdisciplinary courses support students’ abilities to consider how a Christian worldview affects one’s approach to the academic disciplines.

We believe that it is not enough to simply engage students in the realm of ideas but that, through their educational experience, students should also be challenged to pursue personal transformation. Our goal is to develop holistic nurses who are capable of loving God and loving others. This concern for personal transformation is central to providing excellent, holistic care for clients, and will ultimately have a transformative impact on culture.

Nursing courses prepare students to work in partnership with individuals, families, groups, and communities for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. A focus on culture, diversity, and social justice prepares students to engage in the profession of nursing from an ethically sensitive perspective.

In keeping with the servant leadership core value of the University, students are encouraged to serve others in health care during their educational experience. When possible, students will be assisted to provide useful services to the clinical agencies in which they practice. This may include offering resources or practical assistance.

Developing a posture of learning is a foundational goal of nursing education at TWU. Learning well is a tension, requiring rigorous and disciplined attention. This learning process is not limited to productivity in knowledge. Education at TWU seeks to provide a balance between action and reflection within the context of the profession, allowing students the time and freedom to consider foundational issues in life. This posture of learning sets the stage for life long learners.

This concept of balance between action and reflection extends to students’ whole lives. Students are encouraged to live in a way, even amidst the rigours of the educational experience, that provides for leisure. Leisure grants the space and time for restoration, for exploring meanings, for connecting, and for renewing passion for life. Faculty members are also called to model this ideal.

In keeping with a balanced approach to education, the nursing program aims to equip graduates for nursing practice based on varied sources of nursing knowledge: empirical, aesthetic, personal, moral, and socio-political. Research-based practice is emphasized in conjunction with knowledge derived from theory, clinical expertise, personal experience, client preference, moral principles, and understanding of larger social, cultural, historical, economic, and political influences. Students are guided in careful deliberation in identifying which sources of knowledge serve as foundation for “best practice” in each client situation.

The nursing program at Trinity Western University strives to establish an educational climate that allows students to pursue their studies effectively. Key to this climate is developing student uniqueness, fostering partnership within realistic boundaries, focusing on personal excellence rather than group competition, and providing just and efficient administrative support structures.

A caring, connected learning community is enhanced by carefully monitoring the level of competition. Students are encouraged towards personal excellence rather than seeking to measure themselves against others. Faculty members strive to set an evaluative climate that focuses on personal development within potential, rather than development in accordance with group means. Likewise, faculty members are committed to the same vision in their collegial relationships.

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