History, Mission & Philosophy
The School of Nursing, established in 1905, was the first in a group of schools that in 1961 became Loma Linda University. In 1949 the School of Nursing became a college-based program granting the baccalaureate degree. The first master's degrees in nursing were granted in 1957. We now offer a PhD and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
The mission of the School of Nursing, in addition to the mission of Loma Linda University, is the education of professional nurses who are dedicated to excellence in nursing science. Individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds are encouraged to embrace opportunities for lifelong growth and satisfaction from a career committed to health care. Baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs contribute to the development of expert clinicians, educators, administrators and researchers who benefit society by providing and improving delivery of whole-person care to clients -- individuals, families, groups, and communities. Committed to Christian service and distinctive Seventh-day Adventist ideals, the school seeks to reflect God's love through its teaching and healing ministry.
To learn more about the mission of Loma Linda University, please visit http://www.llu.edu/central/mission.page.
In harmony with Loma Linda University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the School of Nursing believes that the aim of education and health care is the development of wholeness in those served. Individuals, created to reflect the wholeness of God's character, have been impaired by the entrance of sin, disease, and death. God's purpose is the restoration of each person to the original state at Creation. God works through human agencies to make individuals whole.
Nursing functions are to assist individuals and societal groups to attain their highest potential of wholeness. Through a variety of roles, nurses put into practice a body of knowledge and a repertoire of skills to assist the human system with health problems. The School of Nursing provides an environment in which the student and faculty may grow in professional competence and Christian grace.
In support of the philosophy, mission, and values of Loma Linda University and the philosophy, mission and values of the School of Nursing, the faculty affirms the following beliefs:
- Learning is an interactive process which involves all of the learner's faculties.
- A learning environment nurtures the development of potential, promotes the maturation of values, cultivates the ability to think critically and independently, and encourages the spirit of inquiry.
- Clinical experiences are essential to the development of professional and technical nursing competence.
- Students influenced by the effect of physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual variables on their lives learn in different ways, and bring different meanings to the learning experience.
- Students participate in development of the science and practice of nursing.