Patient- and Family-Centered Care Philosophy of Nursing
Here at Atlantic General, the nursing profession is not just about being a nurse, it's about being a leader of care.givers!
Among the outstanding benefits for nurses working at Atlantic General Hospital is the organization's support of continuing education and professional development. Nurses are encouraged to pursue advanced degrees and specialty certifications through our tuition reimbursement program and associate incentive compensation. New nursing associates will be assigned a mentor as well as a preceptor to assure their orientation is a success.
New hires attend a structured week-long orientation program that includes an introduction to the organization, our philosophy of care, our shared governance structure, and nursing’s strategic plan. Other topics include:
• Personal Accountability in Performance Improvement
• Review of Evidence-Based Policies and Procedures
• Infection Control
• Clinical Skills Review and Medication Administration
Also during the week, new hires will have the opportunity to have lunch with all of our nursing leaders, paving the way for bi-directional communication and continuous feedback from those closest to the point of care, our true leaders at the bedside. At Atlantic General Hospital, nurses at all levels of experience are dedicated members of a healthcare team committed to providing superior care to our patients, their families and the community.
AGH/HS invites all associates, not just nurses, to participate in an incentive program that rewards those who strive for excellence through continuing education, specialty certifications, and participation in shared governance, research projects and community activities. This commitment also extends to developing partnerships with academic institutions for reduced tuition for those associates who wish to pursue advanced degrees.
A growing shared governance model has been in place at AGH/HS since 2007. It provides an excellent opportunity for clinical nurses to work with leadership at all levels to improve practice and influence work environments, to grow personally and professionally, and to connect with associates across the organization. The impact of shared governance goes far beyond the specific projects and initiatives developed and implemented by council members. As elected representatives of their peers, shared governance members are frequently asked to serve in an advisory role to address the impact of organization-wide initiatives.
An exciting new program at AGH is the "on-site" leadership academy for our emerging nurse leaders, titled "Leaders at the Bedside." The curriculum is designed to address the unique and ever-changing challenges of frontline nursing leaders. The program, through lecture, group discussion and team projects, provides an opportunity for frontline clinical leaders to learn new skills, enhance critical thinking and collaborate on current and future nursing initiatives. Participants will work one-on-one with members of the nursing leadership team, who will act as coaches, to provide guidance throughout the program.
AGH/HS values and empowers associates who demonstrate the importance and value of teamwork and the pursuit of excellence. These efforts translate into satisfied associates, positive clinical outcomes and an overall outstanding hospital experience for patients and their families. So come experience our team of caregivers at Atlantic General. The difference is our dedicated commitment!
View the AGH Nursing Strategic Plan
View the AGH Nursing Annual Report