The church I attend on a regular basis has a mission statement; part of it is to know Jesus intimately, to serve Jesus passionately and to share Jesus globally. The mission of the Scott and White College of Nursing at UMHB is to prepare students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment.
It is my belief that all of these are possible through the profession of nursing. At the Scott and White College of Nursing for our bachelor’s program, our beliefs about nursing are summed up by a star. The star is the center point of our nursing pin that graduates wear to reflect nursing at UMHB. At the center of the curriculum is clinical reasoning through faith-informed discernment.
Inclusive within that curriculum and threaded through all we do is the concept of spirituality. If you come into the Isabelle Rutherford Meyers Nursing Education Center, you will see the Phelps Chapel. On the front wall of the chapel is a large stained glass window that pictures a dove with outstretched wings, the Nightingale lamp, and a cross. On the left wall are three more stained glass windows. The center is my favorite; it contains an open Bible with a stethoscope on top of the open pages.
Parents often ask: “Why should I send my child to UMHB for nursing?” I tell them they should start with the above facts.
Then, they should know we:
- Pray corporately before each exam, led by class chaplains.
- Pray before each of our meetings.
- Host the Nurse’s Christian Fellowship organization so that students can learn leadership through faith-informed discernment.
- Love and care for their student, and truly care about their success.
- Offer student success courses and programs to further student understanding and achievement of goals.
Perhaps most importantly, we teach them how to love those that are less lovable, those that are very young, those that are very old, those that are in crisis, those with limited access, those that are non-compliant, those that are homeless, those… well, you fill in the blank.
As Virginia Henderson said, “The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the infant, the knowledge and confidence of the young mother, and a voice for those too weak to speak.”The mission of the Scott and White College of Nursing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is to prepare excellent professional nurses who contribute to the health and welfare of individuals, families and communities in diverse healthcare environments. If you are looking to attend one of the top nursing programs in the country, we invite you to visit our website for more information.