A unique aspect of nursing education at OKWU is the refinement of knowledge regarding the spiritual dimension of client care and a focus on the whole person as a thinking, feeling, and believing individual.
Bartlesville, OK (Vocus) April 9, 2010
On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, the Oklahoma Wesleyan University campus celebrated the accreditation of the School of Nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN). After several years of planning, the first classes began at OKWU in the fall of 2005 with initial approval from the OBN, NCA and the CCNE. The first graduating class was celebrated in 2008.
CCNE reviewed the program again in the spring of 2009 and granted accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program for the term of 10 years, its best available rating -- in a meeting on October 1, 2009. The Oklahoma Board of Nursing gave the school of nursing full approval for two years at its meeting in January 2009 and at its meeting on May 19, 2009.
School of Nursing Dean Becky Le explained, “A unique aspect of nursing education at OKWU is the refinement of knowledge regarding the spiritual dimension of client care and a focus on the whole person as a thinking, feeling, and believing individual. Since the mission of the Nursing School is to be the hands and heart of Christ, we are continually seeking opportunities to serve the community and our clients. We view every opportunity as a way to express our mission. Our students participate in foreign and local missions such as Community Health Fairs and Mission trips. Our students also are instructed how to assess their clients’ spirituality and will minister to their clients in every facility that we enter.”
Dr. Robert Myers, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, explained further that “every course in the Nursing curriculum addresses five Collision points between the Christian and the secular Worldview.” The nursing school specifically focuses on these five points:
- Accountability in delivery of nursing care.
- Advocacy for vulnerable patients.
- Spiritual/cultural competency.
- Fairness in delivery of care.
- Ethical decision-making.
As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the primacy of Jesus Christ, the priority of Scripture, the pursuit of Truth, and the practice of Wisdom. The Mission of the School of Nursing is to be Christ's hands and heart to touch the world one person, one family, and one community at a time.
OKWU’s president Dr. Everett Piper affirmed that “we are blessed to be fully accredited by NCATE, CCNE, IACBE, and NCA. While we are very thankful for these affirmations of OKWU's excellence, we believe this school's greatest value lies in the fact that we are a university -- one of those very rare universities -- that engages in the unapologetic and open pursuit of a way, a truth, and a life grounded in something more stable than the ebb and flow of human opinion and the shifting sands of what is ‘politically correct’. At OKWU we boldly pursue ideas that are tested by time, defended by reason, validated by experience, and confirmed by Scripture. All truth is God's truth -- immutable, permanent, and enduring. It is our job to help you find this truth and embrace it as a guide for faith, for relationships, for careers, for marriage, and for all of life.”