Nursing Culture at Baxter Regional Medical Center

A Patient-Centered 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.

Nursing Theory

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. JONA(41)9, 374 – 381. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.