Philosophy of Nursing

The Philosophy of Professional Nursing for the Greenville Health System (GHS) is based upon patient and family centered care and the Planetree™ model. Jean Watson’s Science of Human Caring is integral to patient and family centered care. We believe that caring is central to the practice of nursing and that nursing care is an integration of knowledge, skills, experience and values.


  • We believe that the mission, vision, and values of GHS provide the direction for excellence in the delivery of caring, compassionate and respectful patient and family centered care.
  • We believe that nurses are integral members of their community and we support participation in community and volunteer groups and professional organizations.
  • We believe each person has the right to high quality health care that acknowledges one’s unique physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs. This holistic approach of healing mind, body and spirit is demonstrated through integration of the Planetree™ philosophy.
  • We believe each person has the right to privacy, confidentiality, and ethical health care delivery. We respect and support equality of care in the presence of ethical, social and economic diversities in patients and families.
  • The nurse acts freely and openly as an advocate for the patient to facilitate the patient’s progress toward health care goals. The nurse, as an advocate, empowers the patient and family to represent themselves.
  • Nurses play an integral role in achieving optimal patient care outcomes and creating a safe, healing environment.
  • We believe in teamwork, effective communication, collaboration and education with physicians and other members of the health care team, patient and family, to foster understanding and encourage planning and participation across the continuum of care.
  • Nursing leadership commits to providing the appropriate human, fiscal and material resources necessary to achieve quality patient outcomes. Exercising prudent judgment, the nurse will deliver care to the patient and family in a fiscally responsible manner and support an economic use of resources.
  • We believe that nurses have the right to fair compensation for their work, consistent with their knowledge, experience and professional responsibilities.
  • We believe in a working environment that is supportive to the professional, emotional, spiritual and social development of each individual nurse. We believe that high quality nursing practice is facilitated through education, research and professional development.
  • We support the GHS Nursing Service Professional Practice Model, which is based upon shared governance, as a framework designed to promote respectful, collegial interactions and informed decision-making at all levels of nursing services and across disciplines as it relates to quality care.