Policies and Expectations of Nursing Students
Principles of Responsibility
Faith-based institutions with nursing programs expect students to be a direct reflection of the principles of the school, both on and off-campus. This is not simply a paragraph in the student handbook, but an actual contract to the code of conduct for the scholars of the institution. Many schools, such as Pensacola Christian College, pride themselves on numerous years of faith-based traditions and service in the profession of nursing. This accredited baccalaureate program school, located in Pensacola, Florida, requires each student to sign a contract that describes the behaviors and attitudes that are expected of their nursing students. Some of these behaviors include showing love for God's word, honesty and integrity, discipline and self-control, and Christian love for one another.
Contracts for behaviors are not designed to be punitive in nature but are intended to be a guideline for students to make decisions that align with the institution's stated beliefs and mission statements. When students are unable to meet the standards as outlined, the Dean of Nursing or the Administration is able to refer the student back to the code where the ideals, morals, and ethics of the school can be reinforced.
Faith-Based Courses and Classes
Many religious nursing programs require several if not all, humanities courses be based in religious studies. Biola University requires all students, regardless of their major of study, to also earn a minor in studies of the bible. Courses may include:
- Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
- Foundations of Christian Thought
- Old Testament History and Literature
- New Testament History and Literature
Chapel is another expectation for many religious schools to foster a spirit-led educational journey. Services run from 50 minutes to just over an hour and may include worship through music, prayer, or message. Full-time students are required to attend up to 25 chapel sessions each semester and can be denied enrolling for classes if not currently on the chapel requirements at some institutions of learning.
MORE FAITH-BASED NURSING SCHOOL RELATED READING:
- Life as a Faith-Based Nursing Student
- Benefits and Challenges of Nurses Working in Secular Facilities