Nursing Philosophy

The Nursing Department shares the mission of Evangelical Community Hospital. In keeping with this mission, nursing has developed a philosophy that reflects the four domains of nursing. This philosophy provides the framework for the standards and expectations of our professional nursing staff. Providing competent and compassionate healthcare is the foundation of the Nursing Department.

Person

The nursing staff at Evangelical places a high value on human life. Nurses recognize that each patient is an integral part of his environment and family and must be viewed in this context. Recognizing this, the staff views each person as unique in his ability to participate and interact with an ever-changing healthcare environment. We respect the person's rights to self-determination, self-responsibility, and confidentiality.

Environment

The person is unique in his ability and desire to participate in an ever-changing healthcare environment. They may expect a safe environment, vigilant assessment and evaluation of their health status, and timely reporting to a qualified physician.

Health

Nursing views health and illness as uniquely self-perceived and individually experienced.

Nursing

The nursing staff believes that professional nursing focuses on the responses of individuals, families and communities to health and illness experiences. Professional nursing is an integral part of the coordinated effort of all healthcare providers. Individual nurses address the responses to health and illness through proficient use of the nursing process.

In addition, the nursing staff believes that the nurse is best equipped to identify the health and teaching needs and develop a purposeful plan to assist the person in attaining their definition and perception of health. Caring, competent, and conscientious, each nursing professional uses scientific principles to guide individuals, families and the community to health and health-promoting behaviors.

To support the growth of the nursing profession, the nursing department believes staff should participate in lifelong learning. This is best accomplished when it is actively pursued and reflective of scholarly activity that contributes to and expands nursing's body of knowledge. Additionally, nursing supports the academic preparation of future nursing professionals through collaborative efforts between academic institutions of higher learning and the Nursing Department.