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Nursing Theory

Philosophy of Nursing at Baxter Health

Journey to MagnetNursing at Baxter Health commits to promote the health and wellness of the individuals in the community we serve. To that end, Baxter Health is ANCC Magnet Designated and welcomes the ongoing challenge to improve nursing care and treatment, exceed the patient’s service expectations, and produce outstanding nursing clinical outcomes related to national benchmarks.

Nursing at Baxter Health is built upon sound nursing theory and research. The Nursing Model depicts the integration of our nursing Theory of Caring and our commitment to practice. Baxter Health nursing leverages our care delivery systems to ensure our practice is autonomous, collaborative, Interprofessional, and relationship – based with our focus on Patient/Family Centered Care. All decisions, plans, and approaches solicit the voice of our key customer – the patient. When making changes, we take into account the preference and impact of care on the patient first, with the impact on staff and physicians as important partners. Through the lens of the patient’s well-being, safety, and choice we determine what, how, when, and why we do what we do.

Nursing at Baxter Health strives to innovate and break through barriers that prevent or compromise best practices. Nurses commit to teamwork, trust building and trustworthiness, and a forward-thinking search for and discovery of yet unknown possibilities of best practice. Our greatest imperative is to serve.

Care Delivery System

Baxter Health recognizes four nursing delivery systems that are defined as a set of organizing principles used to deliver a product or service generally including these four elements:

  • Decision-Making
  • Work Allocation and/or Patient Assignment
  • Communication
  • Management of Environment

Scope of Services and Plan for the Provision of Care

Baxter Health maintains detailed scopes and plans for all nursing departments.

Nursing Professional Code of Ethics

Provision 1

The Nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.

Provision 2

The Nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group or community.

Provision 3

The Nurse promotes, advocates for and strives to protect the health, safety and rights of the patient.

Provision 4

The Nurse is responsible and accountable for individual Nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation for individual Nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the Nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care.

Provision 5

The Nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence and to continue personal and professional growth.

Provision 6

The Nurse participates in establishing, maintaining and improving healthcare environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action.

Provision 7

The Nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs.

Provision 8

The profession of Nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating Nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice and for shaping social policy.

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