Nursing Community of Practice

Baptist Health Care’s Nursing Community of Practice

Nurses have been caring for patients at Baptist Health Care for more than six decades. We are passionate about our commitment to service excellence and the ministry of healing. As nursing professionals, we are fortunate to partner with a multidisciplinary team of skilled health care colleagues. As a member of the Baptist team, nursing professionals practice in a collaborative environment through a professional practice model that supports professional governance.

Whatever your professional goals may be, we have diverse practice settings that can assist you with realizing your full potential and dreams. We are passionate about Redefining Nursing Excellence and are seeking nursing professionals who share that same passion for patient centered excellence.


Professional Governance

Professional governance is a relational partnership model of nursing practice that provides an accountability-based structure for nursing work, empowering nurses to express and manage their practice with enhanced professional autonomy. Essentially, the nursing professional has accountability and responsibility for professional nursing practice and the outcomes of that clinical practice

The Baptist Health Care Nursing Community of Practice professional governance structure fosters team member participation in brainstorming and idea sharing relative to clinical nursing practice. Team member participation and input are essential for creating a successful environment of shared governance. An interdisciplinary approach is necessary and encouraged within the shared governance model to foster effective relationships, communication, and collaboration.

Professional Governance Councils address issues relative to patient care, talent retention and engagement, nursing practice/performance improvement, and professional development. The professional governance councilor structure is intended to support clinical practice activities in an effort to enhance: the achievement of patient safety, advancements relative to high reliability, patient care excellence, and healthy work environments for caregivers. Each council is listed below with its purpose.


Coordinating Council

Provides an effective structure and process for professional governance in order to elevate professional nursing practice throughout BHC and support the successful achievement of organizational outcomes.


Health & Wellness Council

Promotes caregiver balance across all aspects of well-being (physical, emotional, spiritual) in order for the care provider to be able to bring his/her best self to clinical practice/patient care and their team.

  • Develops approaches for the support of physical, spiritual, and emotional health
  • Promotes caregiver support after serious work or life events
  • Develops programs to assist with work-life balance, such as mindfulness, stress reduction, resiliency, and compassion fatigue
  • Provides listing of resources available to caregiver team
  • Supports targeted community events and nursing recognition activities

Nursing Research Council

Advances the art and science of nursing through education and innovation.

  • Defines, implements, and maintains standards for nursing research and promotes an evidence-based practice approach.
  • Communicates and collaborates with other councils/research groups related to research activities/evidence-based practice.
  • Encourages nurses’ participation with the development of nursing practice.
  • Reviews nursing proposals and interfaces with the Baptist Institutional Review Board for nursing research efforts.
  • Evaluates nursing research proposals for scientific merit and feasibility based on resource availability.
  • Monitors the implementation/tracking of BHC Nursing research activities.
  • Develops strategies to promote BHC Nursing research.

Professional Practice Council

Implements and advances professional nursing practice that is safe, evidence-based, and supports patient centered excellence.

  • Reviews and revises pertinent policies, procedures, and nursing standards of care.
  • Incorporates evidence-based findings into clinical practice.
  • Participates in the adoption of new clinical equipment, supplies, and technology.
  • Provides input into nursing documentation standards.
  • Supports standardization of nursing practice, wherever possible, to reduce variation and strive for high reliability in performance.

Professional Development Council

Empowers nurses and advances professional development through education and innovation.

  • Defines current/future education needs.
  • Reviews outcomes related to clinical educational initiatives/offerings.
  • Reviews Professional Recognition Program.
  • Establishes reward/recognition for professional development.

Quality Council

Supports and maintains BHC Nursing accountability for optimal outcomes and processes of care.

  • Defines/maintains standards for nursing quality. Promotes an evidence-based practice approach to patient care.
  • Communicates/collaborates with councils and quality groups related to quality initiatives.
  • Develops nurse-driven goals and strategies to promote optimal patient outcomes.
  • Encourages nurses’ contribution to and participation in the development of the practice of BHC Nursing.
  • Promotes standardization/continuity of care.

Professional Practice Council

Implements and advances professional nursing practice that is safe, evidence-bases, and supports patient centered excellence.

  • Reviews and revises pertinent policies, procedures, and nursing standards of care.
  • Incorporates evidence-based findings into clinical practice.
  • Participates in the adoption of new clinical equipment, supplies, and technology.
  • Provides input into nursing documentation standards.
  • Supports standardization of nursing practice, wherever possible, to reduce variation and strive for high reliability in performance.

Patient Care Leadership Council

Provides an interdisciplinary forum for collaboration, communication, and discussion related to patient care activities.

  • Engages the multidisciplinary team in identifying, prioritizing, and implementing initiatives to favorably influence outcomes.
  • Provides a setting for communication of clinical organizational initiatives.
  • Discusses enhancing patient safety and fostering high reliability performance

Nursing Mission Vision and Values

Mission Statement

Baptist Health Care nurses are passionate about our patients, our community and our team.

  • We promote healing and inspire hope through all stages of life.
  • We advance both the art and science of nursing through education and innovation.
  • We collaborate to ensure continuity of care.
  • We hold ourselves accountable for optimal outcomes.
  • We deliver compassionate care with respect for all.

WE ARE EXTRAORDINARY! WE ARE BAPTIST NURSES!

Vision

Redefining Nursing Excellence


Values

In addition to the guiding principles identified through the Baptist Health Care Values, our professional endeavors will be guided by our commitment to Ownership.

Professional Development

The Baptist Health Care nurse is a self-motivated individual who understands the importance of continually advancing their knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice and is actively engaged in educational opportunities. Baptist understands the importance of the continual development of the professional nurse and provides support through internal and external opportunities for advancement to increase the level of best practice of the organization.


Nurturing and Mentoring

Our nurses demonstrate willingness to share information and expertise with others. As a preceptor we develop our own nurses from novice to expert. We recognize different learning styles and adapt teaching styles/techniques to meet the needs of the learner. We serve as the role model, advisor, coach, counselor, guide, teacher and supporter. Our nurses have a willingness to provide and receive constructive feedback in a respectful manner. We support the professional development of others. Our nurse provide an observable image that others inspire to emulate.


Gracious Demeanor

Baptist nurses have a compassionate heart with a strong desire to relieve suffering of all through: the gift of time and active listening; empathy and expressions of kindness; and respect for individual differences


Advocacy for All

We passionately act as the voice for the vulnerable committed to preserving human dignity, rights and safety for all.


Collective Mindfulness

Preoccupation with failure – We maintain a focused attention to detail and anticipate risk.

  • Reluctance to simplify – We don’t assume. We thoroughly assess, investigate, and validate.
  • Sensitivity to operations – We are intentionally aware that our actions impact the systems and processes of the organization
  • Deference to expertise – We will humbly recognize the value and diversity of all and encourage and respect their contribution.
  • Resilience – Together we will grow through our failures with a culture of transparency and grace

Nursing Strategy

Career Growth and Development

Professional nursing practice touches all aspects of health care. At Baptist Health Care we offer a wide variety of nursing career options. There are more than 40 medical specialties that offer a career-enhancing setting for the professional nurse. These specialties include behavioral health, ENT, emergency and trauma, family medicine, gastroenterology, geriatrics, heart and vascular, hematology/oncology, home health, imaging, infusion services, labor and deliver, neurosciences, orthopaedics, surgery, occupational health, palliative care, urology, women’s health and wound care.

Areas of Specialty

  • Hospital (inpatient) nursing at Baptist involves a variety of specialty areas such as surgical intensive care, intensive cardiac care unit, progressive care unit, renal care, orthopaedics, surgical, women’s center, labor and delivery, nursery, cardiology, neurosciences, med/surg, cardiac, oncology, emergency department and behavioral medicine.
  • Perioperative and procedural nursing at Baptist encompasses many clinical specialties such as general surgery, plastics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, trauma, urology, orthopaedics, cardiothoracic, robotic, oral surgery, bariatrics, electrophysiology, gynecology, ENT, gastroenterology, podiatry, pain management and vascular surgery. There are a wide variety of clinical settings such as the pre/post, PACU, operating room, outpatient surgery, cath lab, interventional radiology and heart and vascular.
  • Ambulatory/outpatient nursing at Baptist uses an efficient, effective and evidence-based practice to provide patients and their families with quality episodic care, in a single or a series of encounters, to promote wellness, prevent illness, and manage acute and chronic diseases. Many opportunities are available with our physician practices such as: pre- surgical optimization clinic, ent, gastroenterology, ladies first ob/gyn, neurosurgery, oncology, endocrinology, ortho/trauma, rheumatology urology, surgery – general and colorectal, hospitalist, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine and Cardiology Consultants

Nurse Residency Program


Contact Us

If you would like to be part of the Baptist Nursing Community of Practice, please join contact us. You can speak with a recruiter or view current open positions.

Nurse Recruitment

Student nurses

Thank a Nurse!

To thank a nurse for providing excellent care throughout your stay, click on the link below to email us and if possible add the following:

  • Team Member name
  • Location (Baptist Hospital, Gulf Breeze Hospital, Jay Hospital, Baptist Medical Group or Baptist Medical Park offices)
  • Dates of Service
  • Your name
  • Your email

ThankANurse@bhcpns.org