The mission of the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing is to prepare graduates for a life of service in the profession of nursing within a Christ-centered environment incorporating intellectual, professional, and spiritual integrity.
The mission, goals, and outcomes for each program are listed in the online catalog. Please use the links below:
Christ is at the center of everything the School of Nursing does. “He [Christ] is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:17-20
PBA prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership. We strongly believe that leadership begins with being a servant. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:26-28
Image: Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing students served on a mission trip to Haiti during the spring of 2010, after the country's devastating earthquake
Caring for the sick is not simply an act of goodness, but an act of worship and obedience, taking part in Christ's ministry of reconciliation. "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us." – 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)
Empathy for: Empathy leads to action: "Jesus stopped and called them. 'What do you want me to do for you?' he asked. 'Lord,' they answered, 'we want our sight.' Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him." – Matthew 20:32-34 (NIV)
Connection to: Our common humanity binds us together. "When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled." – John 11:33 (NIV)
Being with: Sometimes simply being with another is more important than doing for them: "But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, 'Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!' 'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'" – Luke 10:40-42 (NIV)
Health involves much more than mere physical wellness or even psychological well-being. Health includes socio-cultural and spiritual aspects as well, and nurses must take them into account. "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" – Mark 8:36 (NIV)
PBA is dedicated to excellence. PBA Nursing expresses that excellence through dedication to professionalism. It is not enough to simply feel empathy or compassion, or even act on them. Caring must be competent, tempered by learning, experience, and judgment. "I was sick and you looked after me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." – Matthew 25:36,40 (NIV)
The philosophy of the School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University is one that is Christ-centered and focused on the success of the students, professionally, spiritually, and personally. The faculty and administration actively engage students in the discovery of the meaning of Christ-centered care for others. Providing care takes place in community settings, hospitals, local and global missions, as well as primary education for the community. General System’s theory is one that encompasses interactive systems comprised of physiological and spiritual systems. System thinking is particularly useful, because it allows analysis of each system individually and each system as a whole creating a holistic approach. Nursing application, synthesis, and evaluation of practice is essential in our ever changing healthcare. The outcome of nursing education at Palm Beach Atlantic University is a competent nurse who is reflective, inquiring, and is able to apply nursing theory within the context of the Christian worldview while recognizing the needs of the patient, family, and community.
This uniquely Christian perspective influences all aspects of our philosophy regarding the study and practice of nursing.