Nursing

Nurses at the Greenville Health System are dedicated and committed to excellence in patient care.  Nurses touch the lives of neonates, children, adults, elders and families in a holistic manner in all services provided through our continuum of care.  Our philosophy of nursing is based upon patient and family centered care exemplified in all levels of care that we provide for the community.
 
The Nursing vision—Commitment to Excellence through Leadership, Knowledge, Caring and Innovation—drives us to pursue excellence in all aspects of nursing practice.
 
Through our professional practice model (based upon shared governance), our system and unit councils are integral to our healthy work environment.  Our nurses have a voice and are encouraged to engage in decision making and standard setting for their practice.  Our nurses are a valuable and integral part of our healthcare team.  With this website, we honor the work and dedication of all our nurses.

View The Latest GHS Nursing Achievement Report

Greenville Health System publishes a nursing achievement report to highlight nursing achievements every fiscal year. The latest report can be found by clicking the link below.  

2012 Nursing Achievement Report

Previous Reports

2010 Nursing Achievement Report
2009 Nursing Achievement Report 

GHS Nursing Employment

Greenville Health System (GHS) offers a number of options for employment opportunities for nurses.  Many staff join our team as full time employees committed to specific job role in a designated department.  Others join the team in a part time, a PRN, or a Supplemental Support Team (float) role, or other flexible options.  Regardless of their role, nurses at GHS play an invaluable role in the overall mission of the GHS academic medical center.  Job opportunities are posted under ‘careers’ on the main website page and applications are accepted online or Click here to search and apply for current nursing opportunities.

Nurse Residency Program

New graduates are welcomed into our Nurse Residency Program.  Every new RN graduate hired has the opportunity to participate. Researched and recommended by GHS’ Nursing Retention and Recruitment Council, the program supports new graduates as they transition into their first professional roles as patient caregivers in acute care, rehab and long-term patient care settings.  There is a full time nursing residency program coordinator who works with the Education Department.  Contact Trudy Ackard @ email: tackard@ghs.org. 

The Nurse Residency Program does not require a separate application process. The Nurse Residency program is an expectation for new graduate RN's who are hired into an Inpatient Staff RN role.  All of our open positions can be found at here.   Minimum qualifications are listed on each position. 

The Nurse Residency Program uses an evidence-based curriculum that meets national residency accreditation standards.  This program was initially developed by the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  Developed by experts from academic medical centers and schools of nursing across the country, the curriculum features core content in three critical areas:  leadership, patient outcomes and professional role. 

This one-year program focuses on research-based practice, patient safety and professional development.  It also emphasizes the sharing of experience through cohort groups and resident facilitators.  Nurse residents take part in monthly meetings and classes as well as share “tales from the bedside” in a supportive environment with staff nurses, education specialists and other residents.  Clinical Nurse Specialists or Educators serve as facilitators for the nurse resident group to guide them through the program.

Two important needs of new graduates are to gain confidence and grow in knowledge.  That’s why the program culminates with a final project in which participants focus on topics about which they are passionate, such as developing an educational offering, working on a performance improvement team, helping change a policy or creating a patient/family resource.

Care Advancement for RN Excellence (CARE) 

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CARE is our clinical ladder program and has been in place since January, 2005.  The goal of the program is to recognize and reward clinical excellence of nurses at the bedside, enhance employee satisfaction, and validate professional nursing activity representative of nursing excellence.  Any full- or part-time registered nurses working in the following practice settings are eligible to participate:  acute inpatient (including charge nurses), outpatient (including charge nurses), supplemental staffing, home health, subacute and long term care.

There are two levels of advancement in the program and participation is voluntary.  CARE is a dynamic program that is reviewed and updated at routine intervals.  The peer panel committee reviews suggestions to strengthen the program and to improve outcomes for patients, families and the nursing environment.

Annual Nursing Research Symposium

The GHS Nursing Research Council in collaboration with Upstate AHEC, Sigma Theta Tau, and others, sponsor an annual Nursing Research Conference featured guest speakers, research presentations, updates on clinical inquiry, building resources for evidence based practice and networking with peers.

Continuing Education

The GHS Education Department supports multiple educational programs for orientation, ongoing staff development, collaboration in a bi-yearly needs assessment and meeting competency requirements. 

GHS is a Consortium member of the Upstate Area Educational Consortium (AHEC).  AHEC classes offer an opportunity for enhancing continuing education, professional competencies and maintaining licensure.  GHS pays the annual fee that allows its staff to register for any and all of the educational programs sponsored by Upstate AHEC, tuition free!

Annually, Upstate AHEC provides more than 250 continuing education programs delivered throughout its eleven county service area and designed to meet the education and training needs of the region's health care workforce. AHEC programs assist health practitioners in expanding their knowledge, increasing their competency and in maintaining professional licensure and certification.

Simulation Center

The opportunity to try skills in a simulated experience brings forth new and innovative methods for teaching and retention of learning. Greenville Health System partnered with Greenville Technical College to form the Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center. In 2005, The Duke Endowment bestowed a grant to help establish this simulation center. In 2006 the center opened as part of the Healthcare South Carolina Collaborative’s statewide project. This center is on-site of the Greenville Memorial Campus and currently occupies 7500 square feet with a full time staff and a full time registered nurse simulation specialist.  Nurses and other healthcare providers have opportunities to develop a multitude of skills using a large variety of computerized human patient simulators and task oriented simulators.  The range of high fidelity simulators allow for simulated experiences for situations involving adults, children, infants, as well as during birth, and a multitude of focused skills. Simulations can be recorded to allow for debriefing with the student learner. Multiple courses and skill training sessions are available and more being created every day to enhance competencies and safety.  

Computer Based Learning

GHS offers computer-based training to all employees. This platform provides employees with a means of completing online assigned annual and update training and testing, as well as many other online continuing educational opportunities within Health Stream ™.