I understand you are interested in joining the staff of UK HealthCare. First, let me congratulate you on selecting nursing as your career choice. I also want to congratulate you on your choice of application to, what I believe, is the most progressive and dynamic care environment in our region.
The Nursing Vision at UK HealthCare is simple: Leading the Way for Every Patient, Every Time. The care provision and care coordination at UK HealthCare is some of the most complex and progressive care you likely will experience in your career (which I hope is a long one at UK if we can ascertain a match in your expectations and ours). Our Nursing Professional Practice Model uses some basic foundational elements upon which we expect to achieve the vision articulated. The tenets of our professional practice model to which you must subscribe in order to be successful here are:
- I believe patient/family centered care is our core element
- I am accountable for decisions and actions
- I am a leader committed to evidence based practice
- I am empowered to ask, act, and decide
- I am inspired to learn, innovate and excel
Our professional practice model serves as the framework for our clinical practice. Additionally, our values of diversity, innovation, respect, compassion, and teamwork provide the foundation for our daily conduct as nurses in this setting. Further, we are committed to shared governance, believing that each nurse has a right and a responsibility to participate in shaping nursing practice at UK HealthCare. We take these elements very seriously, and as the Chief Nurse Executive, I would ask you to give some thoughtful deliberation to our practice model, our vision and our accountability to our patients and their families.
We look for the best and the brightest – individuals who are articulate, tenacious, and passionate about patient- and family-centered care. We intend to provide exceptional care and a superior experience, understanding that we cannot afford mediocre performance or lukewarm aspirations. Our ambition as nursing professionals is to evolve our practice to the level where each of us would be comfortable to bring our families, friends, and others to receive the very best in nursing care.
UK HealthCare is not the appropriate practice venue for all clinicians. We realize the pace and complexity of our environment may not be suitable to everyone’s desires as a practicing professional. If, as you read this letter, you are excited about the prospect of working in such an environment, we look forward to talking with you. If not, I wish you well in whatever nursing path you pursue.
Again, thank you for considering UK HealthCare as your practice venue. I look forward to meeting you in person.
Gwen Moreland, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nurse Executive
Office of Nurse Recruitment
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