OCU Nurses as Servant Leaders

OCU Nurses as Servant Leaders

By William Baker,
Director of the OCU Nursing Program


In April 2013, Ohio Christian University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies launched its first cohort in a new and unique RN to BSN Program. In the past year, the Nursing Program has grown to include four onsite cohorts (in Circleville and Lancaster) and two online cohorts. A unique component of OCU’s nursing curriculum is its emphasis on servant leadership.

Servant leadership is an exemplar put forth by Jesus when He said, “But I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27). In 1970 Robert K. Greenleaf explored this concept in his essay, The Servant as Leader. Servant leadership emphasizes enhanced service to others, a holistic approach to work, promotes a sense of community, and shares the power in decision making (Speers, 2013). Since a major motivation for true leadership comes from a deep desire to help others, students in the OCU’s BSN program are taught the value of serving as a prerequisite to leadership. These qualities are consistent with the Christian worldview, the mission of Ohio Christian University, and the characteristics of professional nurses which makes servant leadership an integral learning component for OCU Nursing graduates. Professional nurses are servants and thus professional nurse leaders become servant leaders.

If you have a servant’s heart and want to advance your nursing career for a higher purpose, we would like to hear from you. New BSN groups are forming now! To request more information or to apply for an upcoming cohort at one of our 14 locations or online, please call 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs.

OCU is hosting a BSN information session in Circleville (regarding taking classes at any location or online) on Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at 587 Lancaster Pike. Call 1-740-412-0321 for more information.