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Nursing Philosophy

We believe that Nursing is a humanistic profession, which respects the integrity of the individual. We are cognizant that Nursing is unique and distinct from other disciplines; and serves the needs of the patient and family through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Nursing has the patient as its focus and strives to ensure a collaborative effort of all those associated with the patient and family to provide a therapeutic, safe and nurturing environment. As patient advocates, nursing supports the patient's right to participate in their care decisions and the development of their treatment goals and plan.

Nursing is a process of assessing patients and meeting their current healthcare related needs using a holistic approach. The goal of the nursing staff is to assist each individual to an optimum level of functioning or a peaceful death.

We recognize the ability, accountability, and responsibility of each nurse to participate in the decision-making process consistent with a decentralized management strategy.

Nurses are accountable for the delivery of evidence-based, quality patient care. It is the responsibility of each nurse to review current literature, attend educational programs, and participate in quality improvement activities in light of current trends and changes in health care practices. As part of this process, nurses take into account the resources available and deliver care in a cost effective manner.


The objectives of the Nursing Department include:

  1. Implementation of the Philosophy consistent with the Mission of Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
  2. Development and implementation of an organizational plan for nursing which facilitates the achievement of the Standards of Care and Practice as derived from the Philosophy and Mission Statements. Nursing practices collaboratively with other members of the integrated care delivery team.
  3. Accept professional and personal accountability for actions utilizing the principles of a Just Culture.

Nursing Education

All nurses joining Frisbie are provided with an individualized orientation program. They will be assigned a preceptor, a seasoned nurse who "knows" Frisbie and will work with the new nurse employee to make their "on-boarding" experience a positive one.

Basic Arrhythmia, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization Courses are offered on-site. In-services are provided on-site as education needs are identified. Frisbie utilizes technology to provide additional education through the use of web-based and satellite programs. Depending on the needs of the individual nurse, monies are allocated to support some off-site education.

Our successful Graduate Nurse to RN Transition Program will begin its eleventh year this summer. Sessions are held approximately every three weeks with opportunities to interact with the Vice President of Patient Care Services and members of the nursing leadership/management team. The program continues to evolve with educational sessions provided based on the needs of the participants.

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