The Department of Nursing adheres to the mission of the Hunterdon Healthcare System. We acknowledge that the primary responsibility of nursing is to the patient and family. Nursing care is rendered to the patient in a holistic manner. We believe acknowledging the individuality and uniqueness of each person fulfills this responsibility. We will collaborate with other disciplines to address the unique health needs of the patient. Nursing assists the patient and family in planning the patient’s care to enable the patient to return to the community.
The Department of Nursing accepts responsibility to monitor current social and economic trends; therefore, the Department of Nursing specifically acknowledges its fiscal responsibility to manage resources creatively to benefit the organization as a whole.
Philosophy of Nursing – At Hunterdon Medical Center, nursing leadership and staff are committed to providing high-quality care through lifelong learning and clinical competence. Our nurses are committed to serving patients from birth to death by creating a culture that values each patient’s individual uniqueness and prides itself on patient satisfaction.
Model of Care – Hunterdon Medical Center has adopted the Holistic Nursing Model of Care, which acknowledges the mind-body connection and contributes to creating a caring environment. The goal of holistic nursing is to heal the patient by addressing all aspects of the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — through nursing practices and an emphasis on human values.
Shared Governance at Hunterdon Medical Center– Since 1989, nursing Shared Governance and its interdisciplinary collaboration is what fosters teamwork, stimulates new creative ideas and gives nursing its voice. This Shared Governance model is not a program but a way of life at Hunterdon Medical Center.
This accountability-based model supports the professional nurse in the work environment. Shared Governance gives our staff its voice to determine how nursing is practiced at Hunterdon Medical Center. Nursing at all levels and settings within the organization are involved in establishing, monitoring, and evaluating practice standards and patient care policies at the unit and organizational levels.
We uphold the basic tenets of shared governance:
- Accountability based practice
- Open communication
- Mutual respect and trust
- Coaching and mentoring
- Team building
- Therapeutic humor
We have adopted the councilor model, having a PI/Research Council, Nurse Practice Council, Education Council, Management Council, and the Coordinating Council.
Mission – To provide quality and safe holistic care that inspires therapeutic relationships along the life continuum. This will be achieved through continuous innovation, professional development, evidence-based practice, and the empowerment of those we serve.
Vision – NURSING at Hunterdon: The ultimate choice for EXCELLENCE
Values – Our values, listed below, tell others what is important to us. They help define ways in which the organization is unique, and how people who make up the organization relate to one another.
Integrity – At Hunterdon Medical Center, our nurses demonstrate open, honest and sincere behavior in everything they say and do.
Caring – Our nurses care for all patients, families, co-workers and community members.
Communication – We embrace honest, timely, positive respectful communications in all our relationships.
Collaboration – Our nurses demonstrate a commitment to teamwork.
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