Nursing Excellence

St. Jude Medical Center is the perfect place for nurses to begin and culminate their nursing career. The “Center of Excellence” professional practice model, founded upon the St. Joseph Health system mission, vision, and values, is integrated throughout the ministry and where interprofessional and interdepartmental collaboration are the foundation to achieving clinical and organizational excellence. Commitment to evidence based structures empower St. Jude nurses and clinicians to be fully prepared, supported, involved and inspired to become leaders in clinical practice throughout the course of their career.

St. Jude Nursing Vision

Patients will be welcomed into a healing community where a professional team of nurses will provide personalized, patient-centered care founded on sacred encounters.

Nursing is empowered by shared governance and guided by the principles of collaboration, caring, and clinical practice.

Nursing will flourish through educational and professional development; evidence-based practice, and leaders in the clinical excellence.

Nursing leadership will support the vision through strategic development and communication of a framework which consistently inspires and engages the spirt of nursing throughout the ministry.

St. Jude Nurses Benefits

The not-for-profit faith based ministry model afford nurses several opportunities to fulfill their calling to care for others. Whether it’s praying with a patient or family, volunteering for a community event or group, or cheering on a patient walking for the first time after surgery; St. Jude is a ministry that allows nurses to truly care for their community and neighbors.

Pride in the Magnet designation, CCU’s Beacon award, Maternal Newborn’s Women’s Choice award, and other earned accolades that verify the culture of nursing and patient care excellence and the commitment to sustainable structures to achieve best in class performance in all areas.

Shared Governance fuels the autonomous engine allowing nurses to lead or be members of a variety of employee led councils to develop and hone their leadership, collaboration, planning, and/or listening skills while improving patient outcomes, employee engagement, and the practice environment.

The ANCC accredited Transitions to Practice program supports new hire fellows (nurses with 6 or more months of experience) and nurses eager to transition to a new specialty. Retaining St. Jude nurses is a high priority and providing specialty transition programs with evidence based curriculum, preceptor pairing, mentoring, simulation lab scenarios, and leadership collaboration ensure success, satisfaction, and retention.

The Clinical Advancement Program promotes nurses from CN2s to CN3s and CN4s as they gain experience, advance their academic degree, achieve specialty board certification(s), become active in their professional organizations, and complete a change or improvement project.

RN Residency Program, for new graduates with a Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing (BSN), is a 12-month comprehensive ANCC accredited program to ensure new nurses are clinically competent and confident in their skills as they begin their independent practice. They are paired with trained preceptors who possess a passion for teaching and growing new practitioners. Applications are accepted in January and June.

Tuition Reimbursement, on-site BSN and MSN programs, and an annual Education Open House ensures nurses are informed and supported to further their academic potential.

Self-scheduling provides flexibility for nurses to work around other life commitments and sustain a balanced life.

Competitive wages are sustained through an annual salary survey while professional goals are identified, planned for, and evaluated during the annual self-eval and professional development plan. Educational needs are met through careful assessment, planning, and evaluation of the educational programs provided.

Salary differentials are earned by full time and part time nurses to recognize academic progression, clinical specialty board certification, precepting, and charge nurse relief among others. PTO and sick leave are accrued based on the actual hours worked.

Providence St. Joseph Nursing Institute provides a collaborative peer reviewed body of content, knowledge, programs, and professional support spanning 50 hospitals.

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