The Department of Nursing’s philosophy is consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of Mather Hospital. We believe in the provision of highly skilled, competent, compassionate nursing care that is essential to our commitment to excellence in clinical practice, education, and nursing research.

The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses, Social Policy Statement, Scope and Standards of Practice for Nurses, Patient and Family Centered Care and the New York State Practice Act are the cornerstone of our nursing practice and patient care.

Professional nurses are accountable for providing the highest quality of nursing care to all persons based on human need with respect and ensuring advocacy for dignity, regardless of race, religion, occupation, gender identity, sexual preference, economic status or financial ability.  Nursing care of the highest quality shall be provided to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery, or a peaceful death that they would perform independently if they had the necessary strength, will, or knowledge.

The professional nurse assumes a leadership role in the coordination of care for the patient /family/community, collaborating with each other as well as other healthcare disciplines.  Utilizing critical thinking, professional nurses assess the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, psychological, cultural and diverse needs of each patient. Nurses define problems, identify goals, and develop a preventative, curative, and rehabilitative plan of care which is implemented in collaboration with the patient, family or significant others, and caregiver. Nurses evaluate the care provided by self and others in order to achieve successful outcomes.

At all times nursing is committed to exceeding patient, family and community expectations.