Nursing: Advancing Clinical Excellence
Letter from the Chief Nursing Officer
Dear Nursing Colleagues, Friends and Community Members,
I am pleased to invite you to celebrate the success of North Hills Hospital, presented in this 2013 Nursing Annual Report. Our accomplishments are impressive and impactful, and once again, leave me marveling in the beautiful, essential, and exciting profession we have chosen!
We are engaging nurses at every level of the organization to transform healthcare and deliver integrated, seamless, and patient-centered quality care across the care continuum. Nursing’s role in coordinating care is guided by our nursing professional practice model: emphasizing nurses as scientists, leaders, and practitioners. In collaboration with our patients, families, physicians and members of the inter-professional care team we continue to work for improved health, efficient care delivery and cost-effective care for the communities we serve. Read more
Tracey Smithson MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
2014 - 2017 Strategic Plan for Nursing
Transformational Leadership identifies and communicates vision and values, and it asks for the involvement of the entire nursing organization to achieve the vision. North Hills Hospital has adopted The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® as our nursing leadership framework. (The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner, 1995)
MODEL THE WAY • INSPIRE A SHARED VISION • CHALLENGE THE PROCESS • ENABLE OTHERS TO ACT • ENCOURAGE THE HEART
Read about our Leadership Challenge Workshops
Nurses throughout the organization are involved in self-governance and decision making structures and processes that establish standards of practice and address issues of concern. Multiple strategies establish processes and expectations that support professional learning, role development, and career advancement.
Read more about our Structural Empowerment
Nursing Excellence Award
The hospital’s Nurse Practice Council selects an annual recipient for the Nursing Excellence Award based on the following criteria:
- Leadership/membership in professional nursing organizations.
- Community service demonstrated through volunteering or lecturing.
- Ability to act as a role model for their colleagues.
- Utilization of the CARING model as a compassionate caregiver.
- Significant contributions in nursing.
Read more about our Great 100 Nurses
Exemplary Professional Practice
Nurses understand and apply an evidence based conceptual and clinical framework to enhance their professional practice and guide how they collaborate, communicate, and develop professionally to provide the highest quality care for those served by North Hills Hospital.
Read more about our Exemplary Professional Practice
New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements
Nurses conscientiously integrate evidence-based practice and research into clinical and operational processes at North Hills Hospital in order to advance patient care delivery and innovation to the highest level possible.
Read more about our Innovations and Improvements
Nurses make an essential contribution to improve patient care, nursing workforce, and organizational and consumer outcomes.
Read more about our Empirical Outcomes