We believe in shared leadership and clinical care that emphasize
communication, quality, safety, interdisciplinary collaboration,
collegiality, continuity of care, and professional accountability.
We believe that nurses who provide services to our patients are
clinical experts. They are transformational leaders as we move
forward in achieving the Lourdes vision, strategic plans and
Our shared governance model provides the structure
by which professional nurses participate in making decisions that
affect their individual practice and delivery of nursing care.
Nurses practice in a professional environment that promotes
recruitment and retention of expert nursing staff. They are
supported through the activities of the Advanced Practice Nurse
Council and ten nursing committees that report
directly to the Nursing Professional Practice Council. By accepting
employment at Lourdes, professional nurses accept accountability
for their practice and patient care.
Unit Practice Councils (UPCs) are a forum where nurses have the
authority to make decisions that will influence care delivery at
the unit level. UPCs are responsible and accountable for the
decisions they make and are obligated to see that these decisions
are fully implemented. Through their UPCs, all staff nurses have a