The mission of nursing at Seton is to employ innovative and transformational leadership within the network and the community to ensure the highest quality of patient care and optimal health outcomes for those we serve.
Seton nursing is a core strategy of the Seton Healthcare Family's ministry to meet the complex health care needs of Central Texans, with a special concern for those traditionally not served or underserved.
Seton nurses belive that nursing is an applied art and science. The focus of professional nursing practice is to provide excellence in holistic (mind, body, spirit) care to individuals, families and communities throughout the health care continuum.
Nursing care is given with honor and respect for the inherent worth and respct of each individual regardless of resources, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origian, race, religion or health condition. In exchange for the trust society grants through licensure, Seton nurses take personal responsibility to maintain competency in practice through continuing education and assume responsibility and accountability for individual nursing judgments and actions.
Nursing Practice directors provide consultation and guidance on issues impacting the practice of nursing at each of our health care facilities. Additionally, nursing practice directors analyze the potential impact of regulatory requirements, policies, new processes and procedures through Seton’s shared governance structure, and work closely with other departments to respond to these changes.
The Seton Healthcare Family's Network Accreditation department is committed to assisting all sites in their quest for accreditation. There are several benefits of receiving Joint Commission accreditation, such as making a strong statement to the community about Seton's efforts to provide the highest quality services. Other benefits include improvement in risk management, risk reduction and organization and strengthening of patient safety efforts.
The nursing-lead Network Accreditation Team has developed systems and processes to guide Network and Site leadership in evaluating their compliance to Joint Commission standards and National Patient Safety Goals. Nurse Accreditation Directors assigned to each site work closely with site accreditation coordinators to identify areas demonstrating best practices of compliance, as well as opportunities for improvement. Other members of the team include a nurse senior project coordinator and department assistant, who support the many network initiatives that move our sites toward achieving accreditation.
Seton’s 3,900 nurses come from all walks of life, all parts of the world. Whether they bike, hike, raft, run or just sit in the sun, our nurses find common cause in transforming patient care and the freedom to map careers that fit their unique talents and desires. Meet our leaders.
What is Shared Governance?
A philosophy & structure that supports:
- Decentralized decision-making
- Shared ownership and accountability
- Partnerships among key stakeholders
- High level of professional autonomy
Definition of Shared Governance at Seton
A dynamic staff-leader partnership that promotes collaboration, shared decision-making and accountability for improving quality of care, safety and enhancing work life
Operations in Alignment
- Develop Charter/Guidelines
- Practice Consensus Decision Making
- Demonstrate efforts toward Improved Outcomes
- Illustrate how EVERYONE has a Voice
Seton's shared-governance model has been so successful that The Advisory Board referred to it in a 2005 national publication, Toward Staff-Driven Decision-Making: Assessing, Building and Sustaining a Shared-Governance Model. Our shared-governance model has become an example used to educate other health care organizations about how to create and sustain a successful, professional nursing practice environment.
Magnet Recognition, given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the only national award that recognizes nurses as integral team members in influencing positive patient outcomes. Research has demonstrated that nurse satisfaction and patient outcomes are higher in Magnet Hospitals than in other hospitals.
– Wall Street Journal
Achieving Magnet Recognition meant satisfying a demanding set of criteria which measured the strength and quality of nursing and our interdisciplinary approach to patient care. More importantly for us, Magnet Recognition simply supported what we already know, our nurses are the best.
Achieving Magnet status also sends a message to our community (patients/families) that we are committed to providing the best care possible.
What Magnet Status Brings to Seton Family of Hospitals
Creating a Magnet culture at Seton has attracted the best of the best in all disciplines and provided a rich practice environment leading to low turnover rates and a high level of job satisfaction throughout the organization. Come visit us and experience our Magnet culture.
Pathway to Excellence Status
Seton Highland Lakes, Seton Edgar B. Davis and Seton Southwest Hospital hold the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The nursing designation recognizes that a hospital values and supports its nurses and provides the kind of practice environment that enables them to attain the highest quality of patient care.
Learn what it's like to Practice Nursing at Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Designated Hospitals.