School of Nursing

The purpose of Howard Payne University’s School of Nursing is to address the ever-growing need for qualified nurses in the United States due to an aging population and a complex healthcare environment. Caring and capable nurses transform the lives of their patients as well as the patients’ families and society in general.

HPU’s School of Nursing will prepare current nursing practitioners for multiple areas of healthcare while laying a foundation of continued learning and career development. As with every HPU academic program, a Christian commitment to service is valued above all.

The faculty of HPU’s School of Nursing contribute to the excellence of the program by developing personal connections with students and fostering an environment of academic and professional integrity.

School of Nursing Philosophy

HPU’s School of Nursing philosophy adopts the Florence Nightingale theory with the goal to educate nurses to promote patient health, advocacy and a Christian world view of nursing.

Florence Nightingale Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.