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Nursing at Baptist Health Louisville

A hospital is more than a building of concrete and steel. It is more than a collection of sophisticated equipment.

It is a place for healing of the body, mind and spirit.

It is a place -- like Baptist Health Louisville -- where patients feel better because of the quality and warmth of the care they receive from the nursing staff and other healthcare team members. What truly sets Baptist Health Louisville apart is not only the care, but the caring. It is a culture of caring.

Our nurses reach out to help patients and their families in a special way, easing patient anxieties with their competence, calming fears, taking time to explain. Our nurses are there to help -- in large ways and with the finest details.

Baptist Health Louisville nurses are known for their outstanding professionalism and valuable contributions to the hospital's success. But nothing rates higher than the hundreds of letters received each year from patients describing the extraordinary kindness and skill of their care team, particularly nurses.

Magnet Hospital

This caring connection is one reason that Baptist Health Louisville has been honored with Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®. It’s one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve.  Baptist Health Louisville is one of only five hospitals in Kentucky to achieve Magnet designation, which recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice, quality patient care and innovations in nursing practice.

Work/life Balance

At Baptist Health Louisville, we understand that your life is more than your work. We make every effort to support a healthy work/life balance for our nurses. Whether it be a need for child care, part-time work or flexible shifts, Baptist Health Louisville works to meet your individual needs.

Professional Growth and Development

Baptist Health Louisville is committed to continuous quality improvement. At the root of this commitment is the professional and personal development of our staff. We believe that growth occurs when individuals challenge their minds and continually pursue their personal best. We provide opportunities and resources for knowledge enrichment and skill enhancement. A commitment to lifelong learning enhances our ability to meet the challenges or the ever-changing healthcare field.

Baptist Health Louisville provides dynamic and flexible career opportunities supported by the best education. Baptist Health Louisville has one of the most extensive education calendars in the region, offering an average of 200 continuing education programs each year to an audience exceeding 5,000.

Employees have numerous opportunities for self-investment, including:

  • Independent learning through several self-study options and a 24/7 Self-Learning Computer Lab
  • Computerized Simulation Lab
  • On-site advanced certification classes such as ACLS, PALS and NRP
  • AWHONN Fetal Monitoring Practices and Principles class for all Labor and Delivery and Level II Nursery staff
  • Clinical decision-making course
  • Introduction to OB, and Foundations of Neuroscience Nursing course for all nurses new to these practice areas and those who want to refresh their skills
  • Advanced Clinical Concepts courses for the seasoned nurse seeking knowledge and skill challenges
  • Preceptor rewards and ongoing development
  • Cultivation and enchancement of leadership skills through on-site Leadership College
  • Dysrhythmia Interpretation course for all nurses working in monitored areas
  • Computer training on numerous software applications

A clinical career ladder program exists for nursing to reward ongoing professional development and involvement in nursing practice committees and initiatives.

Welcome to Nursing

Baptist Health Louisville embraces the future of nursing practice and is committed to growing that future. Nursing students can get an early feel for nursing practice at Baptist Health Louisville through the Nurse Extern Program. The program is offered each summer to selected upper division nursing students, pairing them with a seasoned nurse for 10 weeks.

New nursing graduates are welcomed in the Baptist Health Louisville family and given a comprehensive classroom and clinical orientation experience. New graduates are provided close attention, follow-up, and support by a Nurse Educator to ensure success in the role transition to professional nurse. A one-on-one preceptor model is used to fully orient new graduates to Baptist Health Louisville policies and practice.

Vision and values

The Baptist Health Louisville staff is committed to living out its Christ-centered mission to serve others and achieve its vision guided by the core values of integrity, respect, stewardship, excellence and collaboration.

All employees have committed to the principles of Personal Responsibility for Delivering Excellence (PRIDE)

  • Commit to excellence
  • Build a culture around excellence
  • Measure the important things
  • Create and develop leaders
  • Focus on customer satisfaction
  • Building individual accountability
  • Align behaviors with goals and values
  • Communicate at all levels
  • Reward and recognize success

PRIDE is our way of doing business.

Nursing Support

Clinical practitioners are supported by a wealth of specialized resource staff. Clinical nurse specialists and clinicians roles exist for the oncology, critical care, medical-surgical, neurological, wound/ostomy and women’s health.

Nursing practice is further enriched by a full complement of Nurse Educators covering critical care, medical-surgical, maternal-child, women’s health, telemetry, allied health areas and ancillary personnel.

In addition, unit-based educators are assigned to critical care, the emergency department and surgical services.

Patient care is also supported through the availability of the following:

  • IV Therapy Team
  • Code Team
  • Transport Team