Department of Nursing


The mission of the College of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University is to provide a quality nursing education and prepare nurses who excel in clinical practice by providing patient and family centered care in the context of Christlike behavior.


Linda Valenzuela (Dean), Georgianna Ainslie (RN-BSN director), Brennan Carmody, Jan Crabill, Joshua Daniels, Amanda Giomi, Bethany Hazel, Julie Helgeson, Rebekkah Hulen (BSN Director and Department Chair), Bethany Mello (FNP Director), Jane Weis

BSN Nursing Goal Statement

The goal of the undergraduate nursing program is to equip baccalaureate prepared nurses to practice as nurse leaders who:

  • advocate for individuals, families, and communities through evidence-based care;
  • use critical thinking and clinical judgment to implement evidence-based care;
  • are engaged in and influence health policy in a variety of settings;
  • serve God and humanity with wisdom, integrity, caring, and respect for cultural diversity.

BSN Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Northwest Nazarene University will:

  1. Use theories and concepts from scientific and liberal arts education, as well as professional nursing to inform clinical judgment and nursing practice.
  2. Provide person-centered care which is holistic, individualized, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidenced-based, and developmentally appropriate in a variety of healthcare settings..
  3. Collaborate with community partners to develop interventions that consider social determinants of health and available resources for improvement of equitable population health outcomes. 
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of the research process, including the ability to critique research and determine its applicability to inform nursing practice. 
  5. Employ established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science to enhance quality and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through system effectiveness and individual performance. 
  6. Intentionally collaborate across professions and with care team members, patients, families, communities, and other stakeholders to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and strengthen outcomes.
  7. Ethically utilize clinical information, communication technology and informatics processes to gather data and build on their nursing knowledge and wisdom to optimize healthcare outcomes. 
  8. Integrate values reflective of the character of God and the Christian worldview as well as those of professional ethics into their daily practice of nursing and the advancement of nursing as a profession.
  9. Participate in activities and self-reflection that fosters personal health, resilience, and well-being that supports the life-long acquisition of nursing expertise and leadership.

These outcomes reflect the expectations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing Education and the mission of the University and the College of Nursing.

Degrees and Certificates


NURS1100: Pre-Nursing I: Foundations

Credits 2

This is a hybrid course designed for students interested in entering the baccalaureate nursing training program. It will include online modules covering the profession of nursing and medical terminology that students need as they prepare to enter the health profession. The course will include a lab component. Students will meet for a 3-hour lab each week to review online content, and learn and practice foundational nursing skills.

NURS2000: Health Assessment

Credits 3

The focus of this course will be health assessment through the gathering of subjective and objective data through interview and physical examination of the adult client. An introduction to the nursing process, communication skills and documentation as related to health assessment will be presented. Older adult and cultural considerations will be addressed for each body system. Variations of assessment for the pediatric client will be included. Clinical/Nursing lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS2015: Foundations of Professional Nursing and Nursing Care of the Older Adult

Credits 4

There are two modules to this course. The first module provides an introduction to the theoretical foundations of nursing including nursing history and theory, the code of ethics, characteristics of professional practice, patient safety, and therapeutic communication and relationships, and the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. The second module focuses on promoting healthy aging. Current theories on aging will be explored as well as the multidisciplinary needs of older adults, including developmental and relationship challenges, and meeting the physical, developmental, cultural and spiritual needs of older adults. The course will include an overview of the common health problems and transitions experienced by the elderly. End-of-life and palliative care will be introduced. Lab and clinical experiences are directed toward the development of beginning therapeutic communication skills, and the adaptation of basic nursing care for the elderly client. Service learning opportunities in health promotion and risk reduction activities will be completed off-campus for this module. Clinical/Nursing lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS2030: Fundamentals of Nursing

Credits 4

This course focuses on the application of critical thinking through use of the nursing process. It integrates concepts from course prerequisites in the development and implementation of individualized plans of care. The use of evidence-based nursing intervention including basic nursing interventions and medication administration are included. Clinical/Nursing lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS2100: Medical Terminology

Credits 1
An independent study, with online quizzes, designed to prepare students for comprehension and utilization of medical terminology in health professions. This course is required for admission to the BSN program.

NURS2200: Nursing Care of the Older Adult

Credits 4

This course focuses on the promotion of healthy aging and nursing care of the chronically ill older adult. Current theories on aging and the multidisciplinary health management needs of adults as they age will be examined. The course will include an overview of the common health problems and transitions experienced by the elderly including an introduction to end-of-life and palliative care needs. The course will include a 45-hour clinical component in which students will begin to apply nursing skills and develop therapeutic communication techniques.

NURS3010: The Childbearing Family

Credits 3

Focuses on health promotion for the perinatal client and family including the newborn in the acute care and community setting. Evidence based nursing care of the childbearing families with application of pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology. Women's health is a component of this course. Clinical/Nursing lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS3015: Pediatrics and the Family Unit

Credits 3

Focuses on the family, growth and development, health promotion, and preventive care of children. Application of pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology pertaining to childrearing families will be incorporated. Clinical/Nursing Lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS3020: Mental Health

Credits 3

This course focuses on the management of individuals with acute and chronic mental disorders in acute and community settings. Application of psychopharmacology will be integrated. A clinical component is included. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS3030: Medical Surgical Nursing: Acute and Chronic Health Needs

Credits 6

Clinical judgment skills are applied to selected acute and chronic disease processes in the care of adult patients and their families. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning are emphasized as part of providing safe, quality nursing care that is patient centered, evidence based, and interprofessionally collaborative. Clinical/Simulation Lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS3050: Pharmacology I

Credits 2

This course explores pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and age span considerations in pharmacology. The mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses, potential adverse effects and nursing implications of major drug classifications are examined through the consideration of prototype drugs. Pharmacotherapy of the gastrointestinal system, autonomic nervous system, respiratory system, and anti-infective agents are covered.  Complementary and alternative therapies are included. Pharmacology of body defenses, infectious and neoplastic diseases, gastrointestinal system and endocrine system are covered.

NURS3055: Pharmacology II

Credits 2

This course continues to build on concepts introduced in Pharmacology I.  The mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses, potential adverse effects and nursing implications of major drug classifications are examined through the consideration of prototype drugs.  Pharmacology of viral and neoplastic diseases, the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system are covered.

NURS4000: Medical Surgical Nursing: Complex Health Needs

Credits 5

The impact of multifactorial complex health needs of the adult client and their family will be examined. Clinical reasoning, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and nursing management of clients pertaining to complex health needs will be explored within high acuity settings for adults. Multidisciplinary collaborative care, transitional care, and end of life issues will be incorporated. Clinical/Simulation Lab component. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS4010: Nursing of Diverse Populations in the Community

Credits 4

Provides a foundation in population health. This course includes assessment, intervention and evaluation of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. Service learning is a required component of this course. The students will learn the environmental influences upon the health of populations. This is a hybrid course delivery. Clinical component. Fulfills a General Education Cultural Competency (CC) requirement. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS4020: Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing

Credits 3
Focus on the development and improvement of leadership and management skills as applied within professional nursing practice. Topics will include quality, organizational cultures, leadership and management styles. Students will apply team building concepts through negotiation, collaboration, coordination and conflict resolution exercises. Additionally, students will be provided a thorough review of healthcare systems and policy.

NURS4030: Nursing Research/Evidence-Based Practice

Credits 3

Students will be guided in applying and incorporating research into evidence-based nursing practice. Human subject protection training is required. This may be offered as a hybrid course delivery.

NURS4040: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice/Capstone

Credits 6

This capstone course facilitates the transition from student to graduate professional nurse and fosters professional growth and development. Students will apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the major under the mentorship of a nurse preceptor. Students review and prepare for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The course assists majors to reflect on their educational experience and professional development in light of the institutional values of Northwest Nazarene University. Clinical preceptorship of 180 hours. Fee: Additional fee required.

NURS4094: Special Topics in Nursing

Credits 1 2

A study of special topics related to current issues and trends in nursing. Subject matter may change to meet the needs of the learner.