on faculty since 2010
M.S.N., Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, 2010
B.S.N., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 2006
“Christian nurses have the unique opportunity to minister to others in their time of need,” said Tina Decker. “As a nursing educator, it is possible to prepare students to be ready to face the challenges of providing both spiritual and physical comfort.”
Decker, an experienced registered nurse and a graduate of Trinity Christian College, approaches this preparation in a fourfold manner, working with her students to help them discover how scriptural worldview, spiritual worship, spiritual warfare, and being a spiritual witness all tie into their education and future.
“Studying nursing as a science without a biblical perspective is incomplete. As a nursing professor, it is important to prepare students to use their talents for the Lord’s purpose,” said Decker. “At a Christian college, it is essential to teach students that through their actions they can influence others.”
Decker practices this in the classroom, drawing on her own experiences as a nursing student at Trinity and her four years of hands-on nursing experience at various Chicagoland hospitals.
“Nursing in particular is an area in which students will encounter evidence of living in a fallen world. Through actions and words, Christian nurses can shine Christ’s light to others,” said Decker.
She said her work experiences have provided situations that have shaped the service she provides. “As a nurse, I am working with diversity in regards to both my patients and even my co-workers. Often I provide care for people who do not have a Christian background. This presents the difficulty of being culturally sensitive, but still being a Christian and letting my light shine.”