Nursing Culture at Baxter Regional Medical Center
A Patient Focused Nursing Culture
Nursing at Baxter Regional Medical Center is more than “just a job”
it is our culture that sets us apart from other institutions. Our philosophy
is patient focused in providing the best care possible.
Philosophy of Nursing
Nursing at BRMC commits to promote the health and wellness of the individuals
in the community we serve. To that end, nursing is on a Journey to Excellence
and welcomes the challenge to improve nursing care and treatment, exceed
the patient’s service expectations, and produce outstanding nursing
clinical outcomes related to national benchmarks.
Nursing at BRMC is built upon sound nursing theory and research. The Nursing
Model depicts the integration of our nursing Theory of Caring and our
commitment to practice. BRMC nursing leverages the primary care delivery
system to ensure our practice is autonomous, collaborative, interprofessional,
and relationship – based with our focus on Patient/Family Centered
Care. All decisions, plans, and approaches solicit the voice of our key
customer – the patient. When making changes, we take into account
the preference and impact of care on the patient first, with the impact
on staff and physicians as important partners. Through the lens of the
patient’s well-being, safety, and choice we determine what, how,
when, and why we do what we do.
Nursing at BRMC strives to innovate and breakthrough barriers that prevent
or compromise best practices. Nurses commit to team work, trust building
and trustworthiness, and a forward thinking search for and discovery of
yet unknown possibilities of best practice. Our greatest imperative is to serve.
BRMC Nursing Division’s Shared Governance Councils chose a nursing
theory representing relationship-based care. Kristen Swanson's middle-range
Theory of Caring focuses on informed caring for the well – being
of others, and cites five basic subcomponents: knowing, being with, doing
for, enabling, and maintaining belief (Swanson, 1991). The theory's
objective promotes the dignity, respect, and empowerment of all relationships.
Nursing practice demonstrates that caring about patients is as important
to patient well-being as caring for them (Tonges. 2011).
Swanson, K. (May/June 1991). Empirical development of a middle range theory
of caring. Nursing Research, 40 (3). Retrieved January 2, 2014 from
Tonges, M. and Ray, J. (2011). Translating caring theory into practice.
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