When we consider the word love as a verb instead of a feeling, the biblical worldview would state that this loving relationship is related to two principles: honor and protection. Honor is demonstrated in the way nurses serve by helping others to uphold their health and welfare. The care of other humans should be recognized as one’s most serious responsibility, and when one is healthy and productive he or she also contributes to the livelihood and success of society. Protection is demonstrated in the way nurses shield patients from those who may want to harm them. Nurses help in the preservation of life by preventing illness through efficient health care systems and treatment. “The goal of all nursing programs should be to protect the sick, relieve suffering, and nurture human life” (Read 757).

The biblical worldview would state that the word love is not merely a feeling but an action. Specifically, the word love in this instance would mean to honor and to protect. The primary responsibility of a nurse is to honor and protect his or her patients (NCC, 2010). “The essence of nursing is in its caring.”

Servant leadership is a form of leadership that is rooted in principles of honor and protection. When we imagine what servant leadership should look like in the nursing profession, we come from a biblical perspective where the patient’s needs are the most important consideration. This biblical worldview integrates principles of honor and protection. When we consider these two definitions, it becomes clear how these two principles guide our relationships with patients in the best way possible.

We either have love or we have tyranny. This statement by George Bernard Shaw illuminates the nature of leadership in the whole family of God. Along the same lines, love is the verb before it becomes love as a noun. In a biblical worldview, servant leadership implies honor and protection for all people. However, honor and protection are not only for spouses and children within the home setting; rather, they are also extended to patients and nurses as well from charge nurses to newly certified nurses on their first shift in the work environment. This nursing honor code holds each employee accountable to protect patients from harm at all costs-physically, emotionally and spiritually-and honor each patient’s personal beliefs, values and choices that make up their unique worldview.

The short definition of love is a feeling of deep attraction. The undeniable power and influence of love throughout history has frequently translated into a verb-like term, when it was applied to interpersonal relationships. The Bible explains how this love serves as a guiding principle for Christ’s disciples, who were to serve one another without expecting anything in return. When the bible finally addresses nursing, it simply states “love each other deeply (1 Peter 4:8)” and honor their master – which is respectfully identified as God himself (Romans 1:6) making protection the ultimate goal.

Servant leadership is an effective leadership style in nursing that is founded in love. The nurse must honor the patient and protect them against any harm. When the nurse puts compassion and empathy into action, it reflects a Christ-like example. The biblical worldview states that when a servant leader through Jesus’ teachings “made himself nothing” (Philippians 2:7) then he can be of service to others with humility, respect,and dedication.

As nurses, we are to illustrate servant leadership in all we do as we work on behalf of our patients. We have been given such incredible opportunities of leadership and service because of the calling God has placed on us to serve mankind. The biblical principles that honor and protect our patients should become guideposts for us as leaders.

As husbands and fathers, in the same way that we love our wife and children, we should honor and protect patients. Even though healthcare providers have a duty to treat patients with respect, nurses have an even greater responsibility than doctors to constantly protect patients. Like children, patients as well cannot handle situations or take care of themselves without help from their nurses – a mother-like action that nurses take.

Nursing is a profession that leads people to their ultimate goal, which is survival. This needs to be done through protection and honor. The nurse has been entrusted with a paycheck in return for the care of patients by keeping them safe from illness as well as providing companionship and dignity as they go through treatment.





When we consider the word love as a verb instead of a feeling, the biblical worldview would state that this loving relationship is related to two principles: honor and protection. Explain how these two principles guide servant leadership in the workplace.

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