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Bethel University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, as well as Bethel's Nursing Department, have a strong mission, set of values, goals, and outcomes that we follow to ensure that our Doctor of Nurses graduate with the integrity and skills they need to advance the profession.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing Department is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflects a Christ-like presence as we prepare nurses at baccalaureate and graduate levels to serve a diverse and changing society with excellence.

Nursing Department Values

  • We value the perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasize caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.
  • We value the liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.
  • We value education that is relational, active, evidence-based, and promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.
  • We value nursing as a profession that fulfills multiple roles and requires a unique and expanding body of knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting the health of diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems.
  • We value nursing leadership that influences the quality of healthcare for all, including vulnerable and underserved populations, within changing local and global healthcare systems.

Nursing Department Goals

In all of its programs, including the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Bethel's Nursing Department strives to:

  • Prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking, with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured professional nursing positions, and with the background necessary for advanced education.
  • Prepare students for life-long learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Express within the nursing profession Christian values and leadership through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Outcomes

  • Integrate nursing knowledge, scientific theoretical foundations, and evidence to assess, create, implement, and evaluate models to improve health outcomes.
  • Provide leadership within a professional team that emphasizes ethical principles and Christian perspectives, cost-effective practices, ongoing improvement of health outcomes, and ensures patient safety in diverse organizations and systems.
  • Apply evidence to practice to promote improvement of health care practices and health outcomes.
  • Improve health outcomes through knowledge, use, and evaluation of current and emerging information technologies.
  • Demonstrate leadership in healthcare policy analysis, design, and implementation to influence health disparities and social determinants of health for improved health outcomes.
  • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational health, and environmental data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health activities.