School of Nursing

A Message from Dean Smith

Dear School of Nursing students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends:

Our national politics are unfolding around us in ways that have left many members of our community feeling insecure and vulnerable.  Words and acts of racism, bias, homophobia, heterosexism, and unfettered fanaticism have altered our social landscape in hate-filled ways that cause tension and fear.  In this time of uncertainty and change, it is imperative that we demonstrate utmost regard for the needs and concerns of all members of our community.  We must maintain the discipline, presence of mind, and caring for our fellow human beings not to contribute further hurt, unrest, mistrust, or isolation with our words and actions.

Our School of Nursing has adopted strong core values and guiding principles of Benevolence, care and compassion for all; Celebrating diversity and inclusive excellence; Fostering whole person development; and Cultivating a dynamic community of giving and learning.  Within PLU, we aspire to the purposeful integration of learning, caring, and cultivating lives of service to better our fellow human beings, our communities, and the world.  We pursue this work within a diverse collective of backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual and gender identities, religious beliefs, political perspectives, and life experiences.

Always, however, we are guided by the ethical imperatives of nursing and healthcare to “do no harm” – no harm to our patients, to our fellow students and faculty, to our fellow human beings.  We are guided by ethical precepts to interact with compassion and respect, honoring the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person; of advocating for and protecting the rights, health, and safety of others; and of making decisions and taking action consistent with these ethical promises to one another.

In this School of Nursing we will honor one another’s diversity, safety, and full participation within our learning and practice community.  We must grow together in our capacity to embrace and celebrate the diversity and richness of our differently-situated lives and experiences, learning from one another toward truly engaged inclusivity and care.  Our policies of non-discrimination are clear: there is no place for acts of discrimination in our learning community or within the standards of professional service that we aspire to meet.  What is sometimes less clear is the pathway for achieving these goals in the sometimes clumsiness of learning new ways of interaction and mutual regard.

It is my deep hope that our commitment to care for and about one another, our communities, and our world will extend to all of our interactions with one another as we learn to grow courageously together in service to ourselves and others.  It is time to deeply honor and embrace our commitments to one another and to the service we undertake as students and practitioners of life.

In peace and compassion for one another,

Sheila K. Smith, PhD, RN, ARNP, FAANP 

$350,000 Grant Just Awarded for DNP Students

The PLU School of Nursing has just been awarded $350,000 in grant monies for ARNP Federal Traineeship Scholarships from the HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Program. This grant will provide significant traineeship monies for our advanced clinical practice students over the next year. Thank you Dr. Woo for all your hard work in making this grant a reality for our students!

2017- 2018 BSN Application Now Available!

Our application for the 2017-2018 BSN program is now available. Get started today on your way to a spectacular career in nursing!

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