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Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide a Christian learning environment that values academic excellence and fosters personal and professional growth to meet the diverse healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities.

Dean's Message

The School of Nursing at Southern has been educating caring Christian nurses since the first class of baccalaureate students was admitted to the Collegedale campus in 1956. Following those first graduates of 1960, more than 4,300 Southern nursing alumni have served or are currently serving in numerous capacities around the globe. We have full accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

Nursing in the 21st century retains the same core values as in the past. It is a blend of art and science that requires not only a full requisite of scientific clinical knowledge and skills, but a caring attitude with the willingness to serve others.

Our current nursing majors, over 800 in number, are a passionate, energetic, and integral part of the student body at Southern Adventist University. Our facilities are designed to facilitate maximum learning experiences. More importantly, our dedicated faculty and staff seek to provide a positive, nurturing environment and transmit values that exemplify the tradition of excellence in Christian nursing education.


Barbara James, Dean
School of Nursing 


Nurse Educators Conference May 14-16, 2017

Linda Caputi
Linda Caputi, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE

The School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University is proud to host the Nurse Educators Conference with special guest Linda Caputi. The Conference begins with meet and greet supper on May 14; various faculty abstract and poster presentations on May 15 and guest speaker Linda Caputi on May 16.

Linda Caputi
Linda Caputi, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE

Dr. Caputi is certified as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) from the National League for Nursing. Her most recent publication is the 2015 book Mastering Concept-based Teaching: A Guide for Faculty co-authored with Drs. Jean Giddens and Beth Rodgers. She has authored over 25 educational multimedia programs, nursing education books, produced and developed videotapes, and published book chapters, journal articles, and board games for nursing education. She has recently edited four books for the National League for Nursing available on their website at www.NLN.org and has written book chapters and guest editorials. She is editor of the second edition (2010) of Teaching Nursing: The Art and Science (Volumes 1, 2, & 3), and coauthor of Teaching Nursing: The Art and Science, It’s All About Student Success (Volume 4). She serves on the editoral staff for Nursing Education Perspectives, as the editor of the column Innovation Center, a publication of the National League for Nursing.

Linda has presented her work nationally for over 20 years on many nursing education topics. The 2nd edition of her book Teaching Nursing: The Art and Science was selected as the winner of the 2010 Top Teaching Tools Award in the print category from the Journal of Nursing Education. Her work has won six awards from Sigma Theta Tau, two from American Journal of Nursing Company, and one from The Association for Educational Communication and Technology. Dr. Caputi was acknowledged for teaching excellence in the 1998, 2002, and 2005 editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers and the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in Nursing. Dr. Caputi was named Educator of the Year for 2004 by the National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing. She has served on the Board of Governors for the National League for Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She was an invited member to the National League for Nursing’s Think Tank on Transformation of Clinical Instruction and the NLN's Think Tank of Standardized Testing in Nursing Education. In 2010 she was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education.

Sunday May 14 - 5:30 p.m. Dinner and Meet and Greet at

Monday May 15 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transforming Adventist Nursing Education: Theory to Practice
Lunch and dinner will be provided

Tuesday May 16 - 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Teach Student to Think Like a Nurse: More Important now Than Ever Before!
Linda Caputi, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE
5.5 CNEs*
Lunch will be provided

* This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

The conference will be held at the Collegedale SDA Church Fellowship Hall.

Nurse Educators Conference



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