Degrees and Certificates

The Power of Nursing Course

The Power of Nursing (PON) is an innovative discovery model course that creates a safe space for nurses to form an authentic community and explore the personal meaning of their work and the deeply held values that underlie the healing professions. The learning processes enable faculty and students to reflect and contribute to the collective wisdom of the group. There are no experts, no right or wrong answers, and a spirit of interactional safety and curiosity is encouraged. It is a course in professional formation whose goal is to anchor students to their personal principles and the core values of their profession and can serve to help them navigate through the inevitable conflicts that arise in training and practice.

A pilot course was run on campus in 2017 and was very well received by 2nd and 3rd year nursing students. The College of Nursing and Health is proud to offer this 1 credit hour Nursing Elective course once again in Spring 2018.

Read the article “The power of nursing: An innovative course in values clarification and self-discovery” from the Journal of Professional Nursing (February 23, 2017).

Read the article The "Feelie Hearts" Movement

Course Description

The Power of Nursing is a 15- class hour elective course that utilizes Discovery Model guidelines for nursing students and graduate nurses consisting of five sessions optimally spaced two weeks apart. Each three-hour (* 55 minutes per hour) session is divided into a large-group and small-group experience. The course is intended to be a seamless process with each session building upon the insights and content of the previous session.

The five topics are:

  • Session 1: Remembering Authenticity and Wholeness
  • Session 2: Disappointment, Loss, and Grief: Experiencing Your Healing Presence
  • Session 3: Discovering Your Healing Lineage and Personal Healing Qualities
  • Session 4: The Courage to Make Your Power and Perspective Visible
  • Session 5: Calling and Commitment: Finding Your Voice, Living Your Values

Contact Information

Visit the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness Power of Nursing Program Overview webpage to learn more.

Wright State University College of Nursing and Health PON Faculty:

Rosemary W. Eustace, Ph.D., RN. APHN-BC
Associate Professor, Course Director, PON

Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC
Director, PON Program, Courtesy Faculty, College of Nursing and Health
The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI)
Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy. Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 245-7450 Ext. 3