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Nursing: Who We Are

Baptist Hospital Lexington Nursing: Mission, Vision and Valuesnurse

The mission of nursing at Baptist Health Lexington is to enhance healing by providing care that honors persons’ essential unity of mind, body and spirit.

Nursing’s vision is to provide an environment where caring sustains optimal healing and wellness.

Nursing will fulfill its mission to heal and sustain wellness guided by caring-centered values including Compassion, Acceptance, Respect and Empathy (CARE).

Philosophy of Nursing

The ever-changing dynamics of the current healthcare environment challenges the profession of nursing to continue to identify and articulate the contribution of nursing practice in the delivery of high-quality healthcare. As a learning organization, we believe in a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of the healthcare consumer, including the patient, the family and the community. Nursing is a system driven by change, which interacts with other systems, including medicine and allied health. Change occurs through inputs, which advance nursing care along the continuum. The desired outcome of the professional nurse’s role remains to support an optimal functioning system providing quality patient care in support of a healthy community.

nursesDevelopment of the professional nurse is fostered through a Shared Governance philosophy of empowerment. We believe nursing is a profession whose identity is influenced by the institution’s cultural environment. This environment is shaped by the ability to empower and motivate nurses through support of critical thinking, innovation, creativity, decision-making practices and continued performance improvement processes. Establishment of professional partnerships support transformational leadership and direct our work together to meet the goals of the organization. Continued personal and professional growth in the profession of nursing, along with scientific technology and research, guide our educational programming and philosophy. Each individual nurse is accountable for his/her competency within the profession of nursing.

The goal of cost-efficient, excellent care remains the cornerstone for all patient-care delivery as we transition care from the acute-care hospital setting into other arenas along the health continuum placing emphasis on wellness and prevention. Nursing care delivery at Baptist Health Lexington incorporates patient-centered, coordinated multidisciplinary care teams as the model of care delivery, keeping the patient as the central focus.

Nursing is a dynamic system, defined by four components of practice – clinical care delivery, professional development, leadership and collaborative practice. These are the interrelated processes that influence the quality of care and services by assuring that the patient/family and community receive competent, compassionate, individualized and prioritized care from highly skilled nurses.

Components of Practice

Professional nursing practice at Baptist Health Lexington is based on a framework of four essential components: clinical care delivery, leadership, collaborative practice and professional development. Those intertwined components allow the professional nurse flexibility in the pursuit of advanced knowledge and skill while supporting the individual nurses' areas of interest. Identified career tracks available at Baptist Health Lexington are: medical/surgical, critical care, women’s and children’s, procedural/perioperative and telemetry.

Clinical Care Delivery:

Quality nursing care is provided to the patient throughout the organization based on the principles of the nursing process. These are incorporated and implemented through a multidisciplinary collaboration. Nursing care is based on practice guidelines, policies, procedures and standards. Critical thinking and integration of these principles with clinical skills provide the basis for innovative, cost-effective, quality approaches to care delivery with excellence as the ultimate goal.


Through a commitment to mentorship and collegiality, nursing leadership encourages a dedication to the principles of change, innovation and continual learning. Decision-making at the point of service, empowerment of the nurse and accountability for both individual and team outcomes are key.

Collaborative Practice:

Care is coordinated by the professional nurse in a multidisciplinary environment of mutual respect and contribution to the goal of excellent patient care. Peers and other team members are treated with respect and recognition of the nursing values of compassion, respect, acceptance and empathy (CARE). Continuity of care is ensured by appropriate delegation to care team members by the nurse and collaboration of team members with the patient to work toward the most optimal, achievable outcome.

Professional Development:

The system benefits from the individual development of the nurse along a career advancement path. This component of practice is realized through the pursuit of educational activities that promote self-mastery, expertise and professionalism and may or may not result in role expansion. The ultimate goal of professional development for nursing staff is knowledge enhancement and career satisfaction.

Governance Modelnurses

A shared governance/empowerment infrastructure has been in place at Baptist Health Lexington since 1996. Through the Team-Based Model, professional nurses are active participants coming together in an organized fashion on both a unit and a system level to determine policies impacting their patients and practice environment.

The purpose of shared governance is to support and enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of potential care delivery by empowering staff members to meet the needs of the customer.

The shared governance structure includes the Nursing Leadership Council, which provides both leadership and governance for nursing, in collaboration with the nurse executive. The group functions as the central point for the communication of nursing activities of the pathways and is accountable for provision of input from the staff nurse for decisions that affect nursing practice.