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Nursing at FirstHealth

FirstHealth of the Carolinas is dedicated to building and maintaining a compassionate, competent and innovative nursing team. With the belief that nurses are the backbone of medical excellence, FirstHealth of the Carolina’s continually strives to maintain and enhance opportunities for professional growth, development and support in nursing. Our professional practice model is relationship based CARE with the patient at the center of everything we do and is based on our core values of CARE: collaboration, advocacy, research, evidence based practice and excellence in nursing.

Our mission: Patient Care Services provides a continuum of family centered care focused on innovation and exceptional quality.

Our vision:  Working together: Advancing Nursing Excellence

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Setting You Up For Success

  • Nursing Orientation: Whether you’re an experienced nurse or it’s your first day, we want you to feel comfortable in your new environment. Our comprehensive and individualized nursing orientation program is designed to assist you settle into your new role.
  • R.N. Residency: New nurses who are fresh out of nursing school are enrolled in FirstHealth’s R.N. Residency program upon hire. The R.N. Residency program provides an opportunity for new nurse graduates to be supported and integrated into the hospital culture as they transition from student to registered nurse. Through formal and clinical education, the program focuses on strengthening proficiency and ensure the nurse’s role in patient safety and outcomes.

2018 R.N. Residents


Professional Development:

      We want you to reach your full potential as a nurse and we’re eager to support you on your journey. Fifty seven percent of FirstHealth nurses have obtained their Bachelors of Nursing degree. Our Clinical Practice and Professional Development department is available to mentor and guide you through the process of earning your BSN.

Scholarship Opportunities:

      • Reid BSN Scholarship Program
      • MSN/DNP Nursing Leadership Scholarship Program: The Foundation of FirstHealth has developed a scholarship program to assist in FirstHealth Nurse Leaders seeking their Master of Science or Doctorate degree in nursing.

Continuing Competencies: FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Clinical Practice Department is an approved provider of Continuing Nursing Education through the North Carolina Nurses Association. Our classes can help you meet your requirements for the NC Board of Nursing. 



Leadership Support

Nurse Leadership Academy: A one year program to introduce topics consistent with the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Manager Competencies. The program includes classroom instruction, a mentor-ship with a current Nurse Leader and a Leadership Project. Topics include Transformational Leadership, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership Skills, Performance Improvement, Strategic Management and Relationship Management.

2018 Nursing Leadership Academy Graduates


Empowerment and Innovation

Our nursing councils include:

        • Nursing Excellence Council
        • Shared Governance Council
        • Nurse Practice Council
        • The Evidence Based Practice and Research Council
        • Unit Based Council



DAISY Foundation Partnership

FirstHealth partners with the DAISY Foundation to provide on-going recognition of the clinical skill and compassion our nurses provide to patients and families all year long. Click here to learn more about the DAISY award and our honorees.



Magnet Journey: Going for the Gold . . .  the Gold Standard – Magnet Status

Magnet Recognition® from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the highest and most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care and we are moving forward in achieving the re-designation of Magnet . . . clearly going for the gold and living that gold standard for nursing excellence!  Nursing is so excited to be on this journey with the entire FirstHealth team!

Staff nurses and nursing leadership can certainly verify that earning Magnet designation is no easy task.  Organizations must demonstrate their successes, not only by benchmarking quality care for up to three years, but also in achieving exemplary practice in each of Magnet’s five outcomes-based components: 

          • Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
          • Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
          • Competent, dedicated and skilled nurses
          • Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice and systemic improvements
          • Outcomes measurement system in place throughout the entire organization

The Magnet journey shifts the focus from structure and process to outcomes in clinical quality, patient satisfaction and the nursing environment—key indicators that paint a picture of the organization. The Magnet journey reframes the question for the future from “What do you do?” to “What difference have you made (the outcome)?”


Dementia Friendly-Hospital

What is Dementia Friendly?

 A movement and set of best practices to foster “dementia friendly” across the United States, to improve opportunities and outcomes for a growing number of people with dementia, their families and care partners.  According to World Health Organization and Alzheimer Association Dementia is a public health priority. Presently there are 50 million people worldwide with Dementia these numbers are set to triple by the year 2050 to 152 million. This is part of a Global Action Plan with a vision for a world in which Dementia is prevented and people with dementia and their care givers live well and receive the care and support that they need to fulfill their potential with dignity respect, autonomy, and equality.


 This program engages individuals in the dementia friendly movement and will foster Dementia Friendly goals by:

          • Raising awareness and reducing stigma
          • Encouraging the adoption of dementia friendly practices
          • Engaging individuals through training and education that raise awareness and provide best practice approaches to effectively interact with patients with dementia providing safe, quality care.


The outcomes we hope to see from fostering a dementia friendly hospital are three-fold:

          • Hospital system to support those with dementia and their care partners
          • Educating our nurses with best practice care for dementia will decrease length of stay by turning to therapeutic activities as a first line of treatment. Decrease medication use and restraints use.
          • Patient and caregiver satisfaction will increase
          • Nurse retention
          • The dementia patient can maintain their dignity through safe, quality care.




Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

Helping to maintain cognitive, physical and emotional well-being in hospitalized older patients. The HELP program is an innovative approach to improving hospital care for older patients. HELP is carried out by a skilled interdisciplinary team.



Benefits of Nursing at FirstHealth

FirstHealth of the Carolinas is pleased to provide a comprehensive benefit package for our employees. Learn more information on Benefits at FirstHealth.

Classification of Employment

Full-time - A full-time employee is scheduled to work at least 72 hours per pay period.
Three-Quarter Time - An employee is scheduled to work an average of 60 hours or more per pay period.
Half-Time - An employee is scheduled to work an average of 40 hours or more per pay period​.
Casual Part-Time - A casual part-time employee is scheduled to work fewer than 40 hours per pay period.



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