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Strong Nursing Tradition Alive at Central Baptist

nurseOver our 50+ year history, Baptist Health Lexington has grown both in size and reputation, due in large part to the quality of care – and the caring touch – of our nurses.

When the hospital opened in 1954, the nursing staff numbered fewer than 100. Today, the hospital has more than 900 nurses (part-time and full-time). The average length of experience of a Baptist Health Lexington nurse is more than 13 years, bringing a wealth of information and expertise to patients’ bedsides.

The glaringly white, starched uniforms and white shoes are no more, but something more important remains – a fundamental belief in quality, compassionate nursing and a commitment to the patient.

Nursing values at Baptist Health Lexington include compassion, acceptance, respect and empathy, which are demonstrated throughout the organization with patients, other employees and our community. These values support the implementation of caring into our culture in support of theories, as articulated by Dr. Jean Watson, a national nursing theorist. Baptist Health Lexington is a member of the Caritas Consortium, a group of nursing leaders from invited institutions throughout the world who support the integration of caring into the healthcare environment.

The role of the nurse at Baptist Health Lexington has changed with time. In addition to providing vital bedside care in partnership with the patient's physician and ancillary staff, today’s nurses have pushed the boundaries of their profession to make a difference through the implementation of evidence-based practice, unit-based shared governance, research, educational initiatives and leadership roles. Baptist Health Lexington nurses have also extended their roles beyond the hospital campus, delivering health and wellness information to the community through hundreds of screenings and health fairs throughout the year, as well as home health visits. Every initiative has a goal of "nursing excellence."

“I believe that the mission of the hospital sets the tone for the nursing care given here,” said Karen S. Hill, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.A.A., vice president/nurse executive. “We’re a Christ-centered environment, and that helps guide our decisions. I have asked the nursing staff here to treat our patients like they would want their family treated. With this philosophy, we will always do the right thing.”

Baptist Health Lexington was recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet Status in 2005. Magnet facilities are recognized through research as having a lower nursing turnover rate and higher patient satisfaction. Magnet status is regarded as the "seal of approval" for quality nursing care.

“I think Baptist Health Lexington nurses have always been respected by patients, the physicians and the community for their expertise and commitment to patients and quality care,” Hill said. “I am extremely proud of the way our nurses take care of our patients. There are great stories of caring and compassion that go on here every day. I continue to be amazed by the level of commitment and dedication of our professional nursing staff.”

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