The delivery of nursing care at Doctors Memorial Hospital emphasizes continuity, accountability, planning, education and support of patients and families. Our nurses provide, coordinate and evaluate health care in a multi-disciplinary approach. We encourage family participation in care and acknowledge the family’s expertise regarding the needs and concerns of the patient.
Nurses directly influence patient care outcomes as we respond to the diverse physiological, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. We strive to provide excellent nursing care to all individuals, regardless of their background, beliefs, or ability to pay.
Medical-Surgical Nursing requires a vast set of skills and knowledge in regard, to all areas of adult health. Patients have diverse diagnoses across all medical disciplines and medical-surgical nurses often serve many patients at one time. Patients under the care of medical-surgical nursing may include the elderly, critically ill patients and those suffering form conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension. The patients are usually under the care of the medical-surgical nurse for a short period of time. One capacity where a medical-surgical nurse night serve is caring for a post operative recovering patient and teaching about how to retain their independence and self-care after discharge.
The medical-surgical nurse will assess, diagnose, and administer care for a patient. He or she will also medicate, document, research, educate, communicate with the family and other health care professionals, and serve as patient advocate.
Critical Care/Intensive Care Nursing
Intensive Care nurses focus on the care of unstable, chronically ill or post surgical patients and those at risk from life-threatening diseases and injuries. They assess, diagnose, and administer care for a patient. He or she will also medicate, document, research, educate, communicate with the family and other health care professionals, and serve as patient advocate.
Director of Nursing – Deb Smiddy, RN
24 Hours / Day