The nurses at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children provide high
quality care to the patients entrusted to them. Nurses at St.
Christopher's work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary health care
team that is committed to the health and well-being of our patients.
For more than 135 years, St. Chris nurses have served children's unique
health care needs and worked to maintain an environment of trust by
practicing patient- and family-centered care. Our nurses spend a great
deal of time with the patients they care for and not only communicate
with their families, but also serve as strong advocates for patients and
promoting patients' best interests.
At St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, we believe that the
family unit is essential to a child's well-being, especially when a
child is hospitalized. Our nurses incorporate parents, significant
family members and other caregivers as integral members of the health
care team. Parents know their children best, and we recognize that they
can provide valuable information and support for their children. Their
involvement and information assists us in providing the best care
possible, and helps us to know how to best support our patients so their
families can focus on their children.
Nursing excellence is a priority at St. Christopher's Hospital for
Children, which is exemplified by our nursing department's dedication to
maintaining high performance standards and emphasis on continuing
education and professional development.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is recognized for nursing excellence through our designation as a Magnet institution by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction achieved by
fewer than six percent of health care institutions nationwide. The Magnet Recognition Program® acknowledges quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice.
To earn this prestigious designation, St. Christopher's Hospital
underwent a rigorous voluntary application process to demonstrate that
it met each of the 14 attributes or outcomes exemplifying excellence in
nursing, known as Forces of Magnetism. The Forces of Magnetism are the
categories that are deemed essential to excellent patient care. They
include quality of nursing leadership, quality of care, educational
activities, professional development and models of care that give nurses
responsibility and authority for the provision of direct patient care.
At St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, our nurses are involved
in multiple aspects of patient care from providing direct clinical
treatment to guiding policy development, quality initiatives and
implementing patient safety goals. They also provide patient education
and guide case management for patients with chronic medical conditions.
In many cases, nurses serve in non-clinical leadership positions within
the hospital, which helps them carry out their respective
responsibilities with a greater understanding of patient care issues.
Nurses play a vital role in the operation of St. Christopher's and
there is a great deal of nursing involvement in hospital decision making
and policy development. The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is
part of the hospital's senior leadership team and reports directly to
the Board of Directors on patient care issues. Either the CNO or another
Nursing Director serves on each of the hospital and medical staff
committees. The nursing leadership team is supported by nurse managers
and unit-based educators who are responsible for day-to-day management
on their assigned units. Together the nursing staff works alongside the
medical staff and administrative personnel toward a shared goal of
providing exceptional patient care.
One way that St. Christopher's has made a commitment to patient
safety and satisfaction is by maintaining a low nurse-to-patient ratio
and utilizing charge nurses-who are not assigned to specific patients-to
focus directly on the coordination of care between nurses and
physicians, work with families and ensure units run smoothly.
From the moment a nurse begins work at St. Christopher's, there is an
emphasis on education and continually developing best medical
practices. Once employed, every nurse undergoes an extensive orientation
program that includes both classroom work and clinical experience under
the guidance of a unit-based preceptor. The orientation program lasts a
minimum of three months, but may extend as long as six months for
nurses in certain specialties, such as critical care or neonatal
Newly hired nurses then participate in a mentoring program where they
are paired with an experienced nurse. This one-year program allows
nurses to fully acclimate to St. Christopher's and the unique concerns
of working with children.
In addition to educating staff nurses, St.
Christopher's works in collaboration with many area universities and
nursing schools to teach the next generation of nursing professionals.
Nursing students participate in clinical rotations during the school
year, which provide them with closely supervised hands-on experience in
To view nursing employment opportunities at St. Christopher's, contact (215) 427-4048.