Commitment to Professional Development
Boone Hospital Center is committed to developing and maintaining the structure and processes required to empower professional nurses. Using this empowerment, nurses are actively assisting BJC HealthCare meet its goal to be the national model among health care delivery organizations in patient advocacy, clinical quality, medical research, employee satisfaction and financial stability.
And as nurses are supported in professional development, they become better prepared to exemplify the shared principles of all BJC HealthCare hospitals:
“We are patient-focused, disciplined, knowledge-driven and motivated leaders. We demonstrate trust, dignity and respect, high ethical standards and behaviors, team work and accountability.”
Boone Hospital empowers nurses with an active commitment to professional development and the advancement of professional nursing practice. Through unit practice councils and other decision-making teams, Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs), councils and committees, nurses develop and evaluate their collective clinical practice.
This is enhanced through interprofessional collaboration and communication by nurses at all levels who ensure safe patient care is delivered effectively and supports the organization’s mission, vision and goals.
The organization supports professional development financially through access to scholarships and a generous tuition reimbursement program for obtaining and advancing degrees in nursing.
Ruth Castellano and Edward J. Stiften Scholarships are available twice annually for nurses through the BJC HealthCare Center for Lifelong Learning. These scholarships provide up to $5,000 for staff members working toward RN, RN to BSN (Castellano), and advanced nursing degrees (Stiften). Funds may be applied toward tuition, fees and books.
Seven scholarships (7) were awarded to Boone Hospital Center applicants in 2014.