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Nursing Philosophy at Highland Hospital

Nursing at Highland Hospital

We're Centered on the Key Concepts of Nursing

Everything we do in the Department of Nursing is centered on the key concepts of nursing: person, environment and health. Our nursing philosophy is reflective of Highland Hospital’s mission, vision and values. We believe that:

  • People are unique individuals, who are deserving of respect, dignity, care, compassion and excellent service.

  • People are holistic beings (body, mind and spirit) and are different from, and more than, a sum of their parts.

  • The environment is the internal and external world as perceived and experienced by the person. All aspects of the health care environment must support the perception of well-being for all people who enter into it.

  • Health is the sense of well-being as perceived by the person.

An unwavering commitment to excellence

Highland Hospital is known for our dedication to delivering compassionate, personalized medicine. Our affiliation with a world-class medical center also enables us to offer advanced treatments and technology, providing the best of both worlds. Our intimate hospital setting with dedicated, highly skilled caregivers offers a safe, caring environment conducive to personalized medical care. At Highland Hospital, we truly believe that compassion heals. This underlies our commitment to patient-centered, quality care.

Nursing embodies the overall mission of Highland Hospital by demonstrating a commitment to providing service excellence in health care, one person at a time.

  • The nursing team at Highland Hospital provides the caring link between technology and human needs of body, mind and soul.

  • Our nurses are “partners” with patients in their care, offering support as they encounter health-illness experiences and developing person-centered relationships that instill hope and faith with sensitivity to self and others.

  • As professional nurses, we are accountable for providing individualized patient care that supports dignity, uniqueness and privacy.

  • We believe the person and/or significant other has the right to informed decision making with regards to promoting and achieving the person’s maximal level of health.


The vision for Highland Hospital’s nursing care is reflected in the Strategic Plan for Nursing, which includes components of the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice and the Forces of Magnetism. All reflect how nursing articulates, supports and contributes to the vision of the hospital.