The Weimar Institute Nursing (WIN) Program will prepare students from diverse communities to be competent Registered Nurses, committed to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to this world as the unwearied servant of humankind’s physical, mental, and spiritual necessity.
The Nursing Program subscribes to a philosophy congruent with the Seventh-day Adventist metaphysical view of reality, which is based in the Biblical teachings and inspired works of Ellen G. White. These divinely inspired literary works provide the reality (metaphysics), perception of truth (epistemology) and values (axiology) upon which the Institute functions. A classic, timeless exposition dedicated to nurses and physicians entitled Ministry of Healing (1905) will be one source for the theoretical framework. Ellen G. White was a prolific writer and speaker of spiritual and health topics and a leader and founder within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Ministry of Healing is considered a source of spiritual inspiration and guidance for many health care providers.
The Nursing Program exists to support the college’s Seventh-day Adventist mission of service to those in need, to provide alleviation of suffering through health promotion and to assist others to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual optimal wellness. The Nursing Program’s vision statement is a specific extension of Weimar Institute’s commitment expressed in the academic bulletin.
The Nursing Program’s philosophy is based upon three main constructs, which are continuing themes of each course:
- The demonstration of the compassionate ministry of Jesus Christ toward all persons.
- Health Promotion for the whole person (body, mind, and spirit).
- Evidence-based nursing process approach (Assessment, Analysis, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation).
Ellen G. White: The Importance of Nurses
“I could wish that there were one hundred nurses in training where there is one. It ought to be thus. Both men and women can be so much more useful as medical missionaries than as missionaries without the medical education. I am more and more impressed… that more direct efforts must be made to interest the proper persons, setting before them the advantages that every missionary will have in understanding how to treat those who are diseased in body, as well as to minister to sin-sick souls. This double ministration will give the laborer together with God, access to homes, and will enable him to reach all classes of society.”
Counsels on Health 503.1