Nursing at Owensboro Health
The top-quality care that Owensboro Health provides to patients is made possible by the top-quality nurses who work for us. At Owensboro Health we want our coveted nursing staff to have a voice, professional opportunities, a solid education and a fun and supportive work environment.
Elements of Our Nursing Program
A Focus on Patients
A nurse’s No. 1 job is to care for our patients. That’s why patients are the focus of all nursing care. You’ll find nurses everywhere in the hospital – on every floor, in every department, involved with every procedure, every surgery and every patient.
Owensboro Health understands the need to become an expert nurse in your field. We understand the need for limited floating, multidisciplinary style work and education. These are all benefits you, and your patients, will experience at Owensboro Health.
A Team Atmosphere
In a team, everyone has a role and a common goal. Every success is celebrated together. Everyone learns and grows based on experiences. Nursing at Owensboro Health is like working on a team. Every nurse has a role, a common goal, shared successes and chances to learn and grow. The Owensboro Health nursing department is dedicated to providing this atmosphere for all nurses.
- Patients are chosen by a specific set of criteria
- Rounding is focused on the patient, and includes a multidisciplinary team of professionals: pharmacist, chaplin, respiratory therapist, case manager, nurse, physical therapists, etc.
- The entire team rounds to discuss patient progress, safety hazards, goals, setbacks, etc.
- Goal is to best learn about the patient and increase their wellness as a team
- Commitment to evidence -based medicine, management, leadership and professional practice
- Agility to adapt to the rapid rate of change in healthcare
- Collaborative approach encouraged and supported
- Employee involvement of performance improvement
Opportunities for Involvement
Unit Performance Improvement Council (UPIC) –
Every department at Owensboro Health has a UPIC that discusses ways to shape the nursing staff structure of that department. They do work to develop professional practices and to improve quality and overall care. Nurses create the agendas for the UPIC, encouraging involvement and accountability at the staff level.
PRIDE Team – a group of dedicated nursing professionals who are working to promote professionalism at Owensboro Health. They plan and hold activities such as quarterly Nursing Forums and the annual Nurses Day celebration.
Nurse’s involvement in the new hospital transition - Nurses are playing a key role in planning for the new hospital transition. Staff is involved in mapping processes, selecting equipment and planning how units will function.
- Orientation programs for new nurses
- Nurse Residency Program during your first year of nursing at Owensboro Health
- Nursing Forums
- Nurse Extern program – for nursing students in the last year of their education
- External educational partnerships with: Murray State University, Henderson Community College, Owensboro Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University and University of Louisville
Rewards and Recognition
- Tuition reimbursement
- Employee success sharing plan
- Celebration of Nursing Week
- Daisy Awards
- President’s Award