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Empowerment and Innovation

FirstHealth nurses have the opportunity to sit on nurse-based councils and participate in key decision making.

Professional Practice Model

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
  • Advovacy 
  • Research
  • Evidence Based Practice

Shared Governance

Shared governance is a formalized structure of participatory decision making.  Collectively, staff members use an organized approach to make decisions about clinical practice, quality improvement and staff development.  Shared governance involves staff in unit based decision making and is a vessel for accountability.  As staff become more active decision makers they become empowered to achieve both unit and system wide goals.

Our Magnet Journey - Going for the Gold... 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)?”

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