Saint Anne's Hospital

795 Middle Street, Fall River, MA 02721    508-674-5600

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Nursing at Saint Anne's

Letter from Saint Anne's Hospital's Chief Nursing Officer    

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Saint Anne’s Hospital nursing web page. On behalf of all of our nurses, I am honored to introduce you to our rich tradition of caring and compassion. The Dominican Sisters of the Presentation founded Saint Anne’s Hospital in 1906. Our nurses have served our patients, families and community for over a century.

Nurses at Saint Anne’s Hospital promote a professional practice environment that is empowering, autonomous, supportive and respectful. Through shared governance, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice and professional development, we are committed to quality care that is efficient, safe, and patient and family centered.

Thank you for visiting our web page and your interest in nursing at Saint Anne’s Hospital. If you would like more information about our services or career opportunities, please contact us.

Sincerely,
Carole Billington, MSN, RN, NEA-BC 

Nursing Philosophy

Created by the Saint Anne's Hospital Nursing Practice Council

Embracing the mission of charity and compassion of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, we the nurses, as part of the Saint Anne's Hospital family, are committed to providing accessible, individualized, quality care to all within our culturally diverse community. As a profession, we the nurses, wholeheartedly embrace and integrate Jean Watson’s Caring Science Theory in our practice.

Utilizing Caring Science, we recognize the patient as a human being who has dignity, worth and the right to quality and competent nursing care. The nursing process is implemented using a multidisciplinary team approach based on a mutual trust. We provide individualized care, which includes knowing the patient and the patient’s perception of his/her health/illness experience, with the intention to meet the unique needs of each person. We strive to work in collaboration to seek and achieve excellence in holistic nursing care.

Our nursing practice involves engagement with the patient and loved ones to provide teaching, counseling, physical care and comfort. We, as nurses, are compelled to act on our patients’ behalf regarding ethical and moral issues. We are empowered to use our advocacy skills to foster participation of patients and their loved ones in goal setting and the decision making process.

We created a professional recognition program, adopting the Patricia Benner Model, from novice to expert, where each nurse can reach a level of clinical expertise through lifelong learning. We also recognize the caring practices surrounding the use of Caring Science Theory. Our excellence in nursing practice at Saint Anne's Hospital is enhanced by each nurse's commitment to professional growth and educational development. 

Saint Anne’s Hospital Nursing Theory: Watson’s Caring Science

In 1979, Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, developed and published her work on Caring Science, which identified nursing as distinctive from medical science, encompassing a different epistemology. Her theory promotes nursing as rooted in human science with an emphasis on relationships that transcend time and space. Human freedom and choice, holism, and evidence based practice reflecting experience, intuition, ethics, and science are fundamental. Spirituality, deep respect for life and death, and patient centeredness are highly valued.

Nurses at Saint Anne’s Hospital are guided by Watson’s Theory of Caring Science, which begins as a process of openness to self and others that embraces mercy, gentleness, compassion and equanimity. We are committed to sustaining human dignity and wholeness within the scope of suffering through human interactions, patient centeredness and intentional caring actions.

Saint Anne’s Hospital Nursing Practice Council: Purpose and Goals

  1. Promote a positive work environment throughout the organization through teamwork and recognition.
  2. Foster a spirit of inquiry regarding clinical practice and promote an evidence-based practice model of care.
  3. Identify opportunities for performance improvement, quality and safety initiatives and integrate them into professional practice.
  4. Make recommendations regarding resource management.
  5. Develop, promote and monitor nursing practice standards throughout the organization.
  6. Enhance community relations through education and service.
  7. Recommend and promote educational programs including clinical and leadership development and involvement in professional organizations.
  8. Promote nursing practice recognition and nursing awards
  9. Develop strategies to achieve and maintain magnet status. 

Nurse of Distinction Award

Saint Anne’s Hospital's Nursing Practice Council sponsors an annual Nurse of Distinction Award. An RN or LPN with a minimum of one year of service at Saint Anne's Hospital in any department or clinical practice area may be nominated. Criteria include specific examples of how the individual exhibits or impacts thHeather Czaja, Saint Anne's Hospital Nurse of Distinction 2012e Steward® standards of behavior — respect, communication, compassion, teamwork, and accountability, as well as how the individual exhibits or impacts patient-centered nursing care.

Nurse of Distinction Awards:

2012: Heather Czaja, BSN, RN, Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care (right)

2011: Jo-Ann Hawes, CMSRN, Staff Nurse, St. Mary’s Unit

2010: Susan Caron, BA, RN-BC, CAPA, CPAN, Day Surgery/PACU Staff Nurse

2009: Clara Reagan, BSN, RN, OCN, Staff Nurse, St. Dominic’s Unit

2008: Jane Hoyle, BS, RN, CCRN, Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit

Carl Gray, Saint Anne's Hospital Exceptional Nursing Support Staff 2012Beginning in 2012, Saint Anne’s Hospital’s Nursing Practice Council will sponsor an annual Nursing Support Staff award. A certified nursing assistant, technician, or transporter with a minimum of one year of service at Saint Anne's Hospital in any department or clinical practice area may be nominated. Criteria include specific examples of how the individual exhibits or impacts the Steward Standards of Behavior – compassion, accountability, respect and excellence – as well as how the individual exhibits or impacts patient-centered nursing care.

2012: Carl Gray, Patient Transporter (left)  

 


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