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Center for Nursing Excellence

Serving Nurses through Scholarly Activity, Exemplary Practice and Innovation

St. Luke's Center for Nursing Excellence brings clinical nurses, nurse leaders, and other professionals together to strengthen and refine clinical knowledge and practice. The Center serves nurses that seek excellence through professional development opportunities that advance, cultivate and inspire exceptional practice and quality.

The Center offers services that support 
Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice and New Knowledge and Innovations. 

The Center’s programs are aimed to assist nurses at any career stage, and are accessible in all of our locations, including urban, rural, critical access, and telehealth nursing environments. 

Core Principles

Relationship-Based Care

This professional practice model centers on three relationships: care of self, colleagues, and patient and family. We experience the essence of care through touch, kind acts, competent clinical intervention, active listening, and open communication/dialogue.

Relationship-based care (RBC) helps transform work environments into cultures in which personal responsibility prevails, healthy relationships flourish, gratitude is openly expressed, and healing are the constant and core reasons for being. At St. Luke’s, RBC helps us strengthen leadership, improve patient care, design effective systems, and build winning teams.

Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice is the intentional use of high-quality evidence to guide nursing practice. Our Center for Nursing Excellence follows the Johns Hopkins model for evidence-based practice projects. These tools help ensure that the right evidence is gathered, that all evidence is rigorously and systematically appraised, and that recommendations and implementation of new practices are based on only the best evidence. 

Strengthening Resilience

Resilience has been defined as the ability of individuals and organizations to respond to adversity and recover quickly in challenging situations. It's a skill that can be learned and strengthened. Improved resilience improves the health, retention and engagement of direct care registered nurses. The Center supports nurse resilience as a strategy to decrease burnout, stress, and compassion fatigue.

Nursing Job Opportunities

The Heart of Patient Care

St. Luke’s engages nurses at every level of the organization as leaders, caregivers, and scientists. Our nurses provide a patient-focused environment that extends from the hospital and clinic to the patient’s home, community, and workplace. And, our nurse-to-patient ratios are among the best in the country, allowing nursing staff to establish effective and meaningful patient relationships. 

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