Nursing Philosophy at Southern Regional
Philosophy of the Professional Nursing Organization
Excellence in nursing care occurs in an environment that supports professional
nursing practice and promotes advocacy. The foundation for our professional
nursing practice is based on the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope
and Standards for Nursing Administrators, the Georgia Board of Nursing
and the ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice.
Nurses support the profession of nursing through participation in community,
governmental and professional organizations that impact health care and
professional nursing practice. We recognize that excellence in nursing
is theory-based. The care delivery model that guides our nursing practice
is Abdellah's conceptual model of nursing.
Nursing uses its specialized knowledge of health, environment and education
to assist patients in adapting to alterations in health status. Four critical
elements support professional nursing practice. These elements include
shared governance, continuing education, continuous quality improvement,
Shared Governance provides a framework for decision-making at the point
of care. Decision-making at the unit level is key to professional autonomy
and collaborative practice.
Collaborative practice with physicians and other health care professionals
is viewed as essential in order to meet the complex needs of the patients.
Continuing Education is highly valued as a method for promoting competent
nursing practice. Nurses participate in programs at the unit and division
level to maintain competency. Our professional nursing organization is
in support of the ANA 2010 goal of increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses.
Continuous Quality Improvement
Continuous Quality Improvement is crucial to ensuring a safe patient care
environment. Quality indicators in regard to quality of care, patient
outcomes and cost effectiveness are identified and monitored by nurses
at the unit and division level.
Our professional nursing organization utilizes the National Database of
Quality Nursing Indicators (NDQNI) program. Indicators are benchmarked
to national quality data and are used to guide revision of policies, procedures
and protocols to promote positive patient outcomes.
Evidence-Based Practice is essential to patients receiving state of the
art care based on current nursing science. Nursing policies, procedures
and protocols are evaluated based on standards of care and available research.
Nurses are encouraged to conduct evidence-based research and replication
studies in order to evaluate patient outcomes. Nurses have the opportunity
to share research findings with members of the patient care team.
Through our commitment to excellence in nursing care, we believe that all
patients have a right to quality, safe and cost-effective nursing care.
Our professional nursing organization enables Southern Regional Health
System to serve as the leader in delivery of healthcare services to the
residents in South Metro Atlanta.