Palmars Hospital nurses rely upon a specialized body of knowledge, skills, and experience to provide care to patients and families and create environments that are healing, humane and caring. Foremost, the Palmars Hospital nurse is a patient advocate, respecting and supporting the basic values, rights, and beliefs of the critically ill patient.
In this capacity, our nurses:
Respect and support the right of the patient or the patient’s designated surrogate to autonomous informed decision making.
Intervene when the best interest of the patient is in question.
Help the patient obtain necessary care.
Respect the values, beliefs, and rights of the patient.
Provide education and support to help the patient or the patient’s designated surrogate make decisions.
Represent the patient in accordance with the patient’s choices.
Support the decisions of the patient or designated surrogate, or transfer care to an equally qualified critical care nurse.
Intercede for patients who cannot speak for themselves in situations that require immediate action.
Monitor and safeguard the quality of care the patient receives.
Act as a liaison between the patient, the patient’s family, and our other healthcare professionals.