Baptist Health Nursing: Caring for Your Future
A career in nursing at Baptist Health offers the opportunity to make an impactful change in the lives of others, give back to your community, and love thy neighbor while working for your future. We care for our nurses so that they can focus on caring for others.
We offer All Our Best benefits because we understand that caring for our patients begins with caring for our staff. Our family focused health, life, dental, and retirement plans are an extension of our mission at Baptist Health: Improve the health status of our community.
Become a nurse with Baptist Health and start improving yourself and your future. Our continued education and residency programs ensure your passion is always rewarded. Read stories from our staff, learn more about us, and apply for a position to start caring for your future.
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Professional Practice Model
What is a professional practice model (PPM)?
A professional practice model describes how registered nurses practice, collaborate, communicate, and develop professionally to provide the highest quality care for those served by the organization. Our PPM drives current and future nursing practice here at Baptist Health.
Why do we need a PPM?
By defining the components of the Baptist Health PPM, the foundation of professional nursing practice is described. The PPM aligns and integrates nursing practice with the mission, vision, values and philosophy of nursing. The framework of our PPM guides the nursing strategic plan, identifying clear goals and expectations for all professional nurses to achieve optimal outcomes as defined in our nursing goals.
Shared Governance Structure
The Shared Governance structure is designed to support a philosophy of staff participation in decision-making that provides direct-care professional nurses with the opportunity to participate in decision making and policy formulation which affects their individual practice. It creates an open, collaborative, integrated culture within the department that respects dialogue to resolve issues, equally valuing each member’s expertise and contribution. Below are the councils that support this vision.
The Nursing Practice Council implements and maintains standards of clinical nursing practice and patient care consistent with evidence-based practice and requirements of regulatory agencies while monitoring the appropriateness and effectiveness of the care provided, assessing and ensuring compliance with established standards.
The Nursing Education Council provides support for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives within nursing, and works to foster a respectful, culturally appropriate environment for patients, families and staff members. They are also responsible for fostering collaboration between clinical departments and the information services and technology departments.
The Nursing Leadership Council provides a forum for the discussion of specific issues and priorities within the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care. This inter-disciplinary input helps develop strategy, manage care delivery, and ensure excellent service and quality across all patient care settings.
The Advanced Practice Nurse Council provides leadership and direction to all APRN practice. This includes the nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. The Council works collaboratively to identify issues important to their patients and develop strategies to address their needs.
Nursing Peer Review
The Nursing Peer Review Council works to improve overall and individual performance while promoting autonomy. They provide a process by which practicing registered nurses systematically access, monitor, and evaluate the quality of nursing care provided by peers as measured against professional standards of practice.
Nurse Residency: Cultivating Motivated Talent
The Baptist Health RN Residency’s goal is to develop highly competent, emotionally healthy, engaged employees who practice professional nursing at its highest level and are committed to excellence and life-long learning.
Our curriculum, unlike other residency programs, includes hands-on, interactive, clinically-focused learning experiences. Professional development is also a focus, and we will assist Residents with creating a professional portfolio to utilize throughout their nursing career.
Innovative, Flexible Scheduling Options
Self-scheduling allows you to take control of your residency
Clinical Focus for Increased Competency
Set yourself up for success with hands-on experience
Smaller Class Size for Focused Instruction
Get the full attention of your teachers to improve your learning
Flexible Program Entry Points
Start as soon as you can with year-round admissions