Kennedy Nursing Philosophy
Kennedy Health System’s Philosophy of Nursing arises from a commitment to safety that places patients and their families at the center of care delivery

Our focus on patient safety supports the organization’s mission of providing excellent services to residents in the communities of South Jersey and aligns with the organization’s vision of assuring excellent outcomes for the patients it serves. Our belief in doing the right things for the right reasons provides the foundation for Nursing Practice and drives our accountability to provide the highest quality nursing care in a respectful, compassionate, competent and efficient manner. We recognize the most optimal patient care outcomes result from contributions of the medical staff and members of the health care team whose unique skills and expertise represent essential elements of the care process. We remain committed to working collaboratively with our colleagues to achieve our goals of excellent service and excellent outcomes.

Holistic nursing care results from the integration of the art and science of nursing. This integration incorporates empathy, compassion, critical thinking, practical experience, formal knowledge and clinical judgment in the delivery of nursing care while engaging the patient and their support system to identify needs, set goals and participate in the care process

We believe this is best accomplished through application of the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. We hold ourselves accountable for the development of a comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary and individualized plan for the care process that focuses the goals of care delivery on enhancing health, maximizing the recovery of function, transitioning to home or other healthcare facility and/or facilitating a dignified death. We are responsible for coordinating the efforts of the healthcare team in attaining individualized patient care goals and recognize that our role as educator represents a vital component for successful attainment of patient care goals. We value our role as patient advocate and remain committed to respecting and protecting the rights of patients and families.
Safe patient care requires an environment conducive to clinical excellence that supports and facilitates the ongoing development of practice and continued education of staff

We are committed to maintaining a healthy work environment evidenced by skilled communication, true collaboration, meaningful recognition, authentic leadership, appropriate staffing and effective decision making. We expect each nurse to take responsibility for establishing and implementing an individualized plan for their own professional growth with the understanding that Kennedy Nursing Services will provide educational opportunities and foster an environment that supports the use of new knowledge at the bedside. We remain committed to the continued development and education of our staff and the evolution of nursing practice in support of our patients, our profession and our community.