Nursing Mission, Vision & Philosophy

Nursing Mission

We, the community of nurses, support the mission of GHS through our intentional presence in all we do.

We demonstrate excellence in clinical care by our commitment to evidence-based practice, and the delivery of culturally competent patient care in a caring-healing environment.

We promote innovation in clinical practice, programs, and technology through active participation in shared decision-making and research.

We provide a compassionate and respectful environment for all members of our community through our Professional Practice Model, and patient- and family-centered care.


We, as a community of nurses, will continue to assure professional excellence by evolving the creative art and science of nursing.

We will be agile in our response to patient, professional, financial, community, and healthcare delivery system needs and changes.

We will be passionate in our delivery of seamless nursing care that will produce superior outcomes within the global nursing community.

We will have a professional practice environment that attracts and retains highly qualified nurses to the profession.

Nursing Philosophy

Reflective of GHS mission, vision, and values, our Department of Nursing philosophy centers on the basic beliefs concerning the key concepts of nursing: person, environment and health. Caring relationships, compassion and evidence-based practice serve as the foundation of nursing care at GHS. Care is seamless and consistent throughout the health system resulting in a safe, healing environment, leading to excellent outcomes.

We believe there are three crucial relationships in patient care: care providers relationship with patient and family, with self and with colleagues.

We believe the relationship between patients and their families and nursing belongs at the heart of care delivery. Social and cultural differences between the nurse and the patient/family must be recognized, managed and respected.

We believe care decisions must be made in collaboration with the patient and family and respect the inherent dignity and worth of all, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or nature of health problems.

We believe caring behaviors include: listening to the patient/family, treating them with unconditional respect and caring for them gently. We must seek to understand their reality and prepare to meet them "where they are".

We believe interdisciplinary teams of health professionals working cohesively with patient and family are the most effective and efficient means for achieving the best possible outcomes.

We believe healthy relationships among members of the interdisciplinary team lead to the delivery of quality care and result in high patient, nursing, physician, and employee satisfaction.

We believe professional nursing is both an art and science-based discipline possessing a unique body of knowledge.

We believe that nursing “owning” their own practice leads to commitment, competence in performance, improved communication skills, and life-long learning which are crucial to the practice of nursing.

We believe developing caring, trusting and respectful relationships is the nurse’s priority regardless of the duration of contact.

We believe changing the status quo involves innovation and creativity.
We believe it is important to maximize continuity of care and the quality of time the nurse spends with patients, while minimizing re-work and redundancies.

We believe nurses have the right, authority and legislated responsibility to make independent patient care decisions within their scope of practice, and whenever possible these decisions should be made at the point of care.

We believe it is crucial that nursing provide the same standard of care at all Genesis entities in order for us to provide a safe, consistent delivery of care.

We believe the use of technology is essential for the collection of patient data in order to facilitate the seamless coordination of care through the Health System.

We believe quality nursing care is founded on the principles of evidence-based practice and research. The best clinical decisions are made when all nurses participate.

We believe in shared governance which is the framework for decision making within a professional practice model that is grounded in shared professional accountability.

Learn more about Nursing at Genesis through our Biennial Report

Read how nurses at Genesis are "in this together" in our 2017-2018 Nursing Biennial Report