Our Core Values
We believe the essence of nursing practice is caring. Caring is defined as a science and an art: deliverable, teachable, researchable and accomplished with wisdom, knowledge, compassion and competence. We believe the clinical practice of nursing is built on a scientific base. As an essential component of the interdisciplinary team, nursing is committed to an environment that fosters evidence-based practice, critical thinking and adoption of innovations that enhance patient care. We believe nursing has the responsibility to educate ourselves and others. We believe in the importance of expanding our knowledge and expertise as well as sharing this growing body of knowledge with our diverse community.
To be a leader in providing compassionate, quality care focusing on the unique needs of our patients and their families who guide our nursing care. We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes respect, positive communication and collaboration among all members of the patient/family/healthcare team. Our practice reflects the hospital's vision of superb quality, superb service, all the time. We are committed to excellence in nursing by creating a culture of lifelong learning that integrates evidence-based practice, research and professional development.
Frederick Memorial Hospital, where patients know they are cared for in the Nursing Center of Excellence.
"The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a professional organization that represents the interests of the registered nurses through its constituent member nurses associations, its organizational affiliates, and its workforce advocacy affiliate, the Center for American Nurses. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public."
The ANA has developed a scope and standards of practice to ensure nursing competence for the safety of the public, for the professional development of the nurse and for the integrity of the nursing profession.
The ANA has also developed a code of ethics that hold nurses accountable to identifying, maintaining and advancing their own level of competency.
FMH practices under the scope and standards and the code of ethics in several ways. Any nurse who is employed by FMH has received the appropriate education and attained licensure to achieve the ability to function as a nurse. FMH has a partnership with Hood College to encourage any Associate Degree Nurses to advance their education to a Baccalaurette prepared nurse. Nurses are encouraged to become "certified" in their specialty areas to validate their competence within the nursing specialty. FMH provides education for nurses within the hospital and provides support to nurses who seek out educational opportunities to expand their knowledge base and skills. Nurses are held accountable to meet certain competencies annually and as needed, which is accomplished by our clinical nurse specialists (CNS). A CNS is an advanced practice nurse whose care focuses on a specific patient population and is instrumental in carrying out the scope and standards of the ANA at FMH.