Philosophy: It is the belief of the professional nursing staff at Glens Falls Hospital that every patient and family has the right to holistic, compassionate, competent, ethical, quality health care throughout all stages of illness and health. The quality of that nursing care is enhanced by community involvement, continuing education, fiscal responsibility and evidence-based practice to improve outcomes across the continuum of care.
Nursing is committed to patient/family-centered care and dedicated to getting patients to their highest level of self-care while promoting health, healing and wellness. We are strengthening our practice through continuous learning, innovation and nursing research.
We believe in creating a dynamic nursing environment that is safe, trusting and collaborative and provides exemplary care at every level. It is an environment based on mutual respect and personal integrity where our patients feel comfortable and confident in the care they receive and our colleagues are supported and nurtured. It embodies clinical expertise, empowerment, lifelong learning, shared leadership, research and use of current knowledge and technology while fostering recruitment and retention of nurses who demonstrate integrity, accountability, competency and professionalism.
In a recent nurse satisfaction survey, Glens Falls Hospital was proud to have outperformed other national hospitals in seven out of eight categories:
- RN to RN interaction
- RN to MD interaction
- Professional development access
- Nursing management
- Perceived quality of care
- Adequacy of resources
Nursing Councils: Glens Falls Hospital is proud to offer a variety of Nursing Councils for staff to participate in. These include:
- Nursing Coordinating Council
- Nursing Practice and Quality Council
- Nursing Leadership Council
- Nursing Professional Development Council
- Nursing Research and Innovation Council
- Nursing Informatics Council
- Unit Based Councils
Nursing Recognition: Each year during Nurses Week, we publicly recognize exemplary nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing practice, teamwork, and enthusiasm for advancing the strategic goals of the Department of Nursing. Nurses are recognized as clinical nurse of the year, nurse leader of the year, nurse as teacher of the year, Magnet Champion of the year, and nursing team of the year. Additionally, a special award called “The Glennie” is awarded to an inter-professional team inclusive of nurses that has made a substantial contribution to the advancement of clinical care for patients during the year.
We also honor nurses quarterly with the prestigious DAISY Award. Founded by the family of Patrick Barnes in recognition of the outstanding nursing care he received at the end of his life, the DAISY Award is an international award to honor nurses who go above and beyond and make extraordinary differences in patients’ and families’ experiences in healthcare.
Contributions to New Knowledge & Innovations: Glens Falls Hospital nurses have the opportunity to display their research and evidence-based practice projects at the annual Posters on Parade event. Our nurses participate in advancing our vision of becoming a leader in advancing the profession of nursing evidenced by our compassionate, collaborative, evidence-based care for patients, family, and community. Our nurses are also supported and have the opportunity to present their work as a poster or podium presentation throughout the country at various local, regional, and national conferences.