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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.

Development 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 Central Baptist 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.