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 nursing goals.
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 voice.