Dear Student,

You have been called to one of the most challenging and rewarding careers. You are about to begin an important journey as you prepare to become a nurse. Your journey will be exciting, intense, and rewarding. It will be filled with holy moments because nursing is a sacred profession. No other health care worker has the unique opportunity to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people who are suffering. Throughout this journey you will grow spiritually, professionally, and personally through interactions with faculty, your fellow students, staff in clinical practice sites, patients, and their families. There will be peaks and valleys of your journey that will season you. “The God of peace,….equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:11.

Here at Truett McConnell University (TMU), nursing is a ministry of compassionate care in which faith and learning are integrated. We challenge nursing students to become compassionate, patient centered nurse leaders who will impact their communities and transform nursing care. Consistent with the mission and purpose of the University, our mission is to prepare competent professional nurses to integrate Christian faith and values with compassionate care to fulfill the ministry of the Great Commission.

It is the desire of the nursing faculty to prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in nursing. From the very beginning, we will be there to help you learn; we want to help you reach your goals. This Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Handbook is provided to assist you as you progress through our degree program. It contains information you will need to be an informed, engaged nursing student. You will need to refer to this Handbook in order to become familiar with major policies, procedures, and guidelines which apply to you. This Handbook is also available on the Truett McConnell website at

We are honored that you have selected TMU to pursue your BSN degree and we are committed to your success. We are excited that you are here. It is our prayer that you will enjoy success in your academic endeavors, excel in compassionate care and moral leadership, grow in your knowledge of nursing as a ministry, and embrace the truth of Scripture as the foundation for those who are called to the nursing profession.

May you be richly blessed as you serve our Lord in this exceptional profession.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon [you], because the LORD has anointed [you] to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent [you] to bind up the brokenhearted,…” Isaiah 61:1-3

With Every Blessing,
The Nursing Faculty
Truett McConnell University Rielin-Salmen School of Nursing