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Components of Nursing Practice at Baptist Health Lexington

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.