The Calvin College Department of Nursing, in sharing the mission of Calvin College, seeks to engage in professional nursing education that promotes lifelong Christian service within a caring and diverse educational community.  The goal of the department is to prepare professional nurses with a core body of knowledge, competencies and abilities germane to nursing.  The department fosters commitment to the triune God and to core values such as empathy, humility, compassion, justice and faith and encourages insightful and creative participation in society.  The context for nursing education includes the learning community of the college as well as the health care community, the professional nursing community and the world community in which Christian service takes place.