Working at St. Pats
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Providence St. Patrick Hospital attracts driven, compassionate and talented health care professionals. Our commitment to patient-centered care, shared governance and our Mission sets the tone for an exceptional career experience.
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St. Patrick Hospital values shared leadership, participative decision making and nursing autonomy. Direct-care RNs serve as members of St. Patrick's Shared Governance Councils and are able to take knowledge back to their peers on their units. In addition, St. Patrick Hospital's nurses are involved in numerous multidisciplinary task forces, committees and work groups throughout the organization. View our Shared Governance Model
Professional Development and Continuing Education
St. Patrick Hospital encourages nurses to continually strive to improve their practice via professional development and education. Nurses who seek additional clinical expertise or advanced credentialing are supported in their efforts through tuition assistance, educational resources and flexible scheduling, and are subsequently rewarded through compensation and other non-monetary forms of recognition. The hospital also provides numerous structures that support lifelong learning, including The Learning Center, which is an ANCC-accredited provider of nursing continuing education.
Nursing Clinical Scholarship
St. Patrick Hospital is committed to building and sustaining nursing Clinical Scholarship, including research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and innovation. Clinical Scholarship is encouraged by the Chief Nursing Officer, directors and managers. Shared Governance councils rely on scholarship for identifying best practices and measuring quality outcomes. By building and sustaining a Culture of Inquiry, St. Pat’s nurses continuously improve practice.
Research and Evidence Based Practice
For ten years, the Research & EBP Council has supported nursing research and evidence-based practice projects. Several St. Patrick's nurses participate in a rigorous year-long nursing research program as a Nursing Research Scholar. They have studied diverse topics, including Falls Prevention, Night Shift Health Behaviors, Liberating Structures, Patient Engagement with Reduction of Harm and Nurse Perceptions of the Electronic Health Record.
St. Patrick Hospital continually strives to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery through the integration of evidence-based practice. This integration is fostered throughout all levels of nursing practice and has played a key role in improving patient outcomes. Direct-care nurses are encouraged to ask clinical practice questions and are given the support and tools to investigate these questions in the Unit Based Councils, Clinical Practice Council and the Research & EBP Council. The EBP Bootcamp trains 12 individuals per year to work in a team to answer a pressing clinical question and put it into practice if supported by evidence. The hospital’s Learning Center is a terrific asset, supporting Clinical Scholarship with access to thousands of journals and titles across the Providence St. Joseph Health System.
Nursing Role in Medical Research
In addition, registered nurses serve as clinical trial managers through the International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation. They support trials in The Montana Cancer Institute and with investigator-initiated studies, as well as working with the University of Montana.
Healthy Practice Environment
Providence St. Patrick Hospital is committed to the development of a healthy practice environment by limiting our hospital’s environmental impact, encouraging healthy practice relationships between departments, and work/life balance.
St. Patrick Hospital participates in regular reward and recognition programs aimed at recognizing staff for high quality patient-family centered care.
Nurses participate in evaluation of unit specific quality measures and are actively involved in quality improvement projects.
Community Engagement and Health Promotion
Providence St. Patrick Hospital is very engaged in community health initiatives, which provide staff with many opportunities to participate in athletic events, health expos, conferences, educational initiatives, volunteer activities and more.