Mission, Vision & Values
Our Mission at Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) and our Vision set the
direction for the Health System. The Vision clarifies our desire to focus
on Excellence for our patients in a regional health system. Our Values
guide the work we do. Mission, Vision, Values drive the focus of the MWHC
Nursing Division and apply to all entities in our Health System.
Mission Statement: To improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.
Vision: We are a thriving independent health system creating outstanding
The Nursing Division
The overall mission of the nursing division is to provide high quality
evidence based patient care. As nurses we have the autonomy and accountability
to structure our professional practice and performance to meet the mission
and vision of the health system. Performance improvement is continual
to ensure continuity of care through implementation of the Nursing process,
evidence-based guidelines, and collaboration with other disciplines.
Vision: The Nursing Vision creates the direction for the Nursing Division’s
Strategic Plan: World-class nurses in magnet environments where Quality,
Innovation, Knowledge, and Leadership define our Nursing culture. The
Nursing Strategic Plan which is reflective of the organization’s
Strategic Plan guides nursing's professional direction incorporating
the ANCC Magnet components.
Nursing Leadership is responsible and accountable to select and provide
competent staff, to continually develop clinical expertise and competence,
and to demonstrate professional accountability for evidence-based practice,
quality, research, and safe, effective patient care. We use our Shared
Governance Model to create professional accountability with the Nursing
Associates and interdisciplinary team members.
The Advancing Clinical Excellence (ACE) program, designed for nurses working
in clinical settings, allows these nurses to advance professionally while
remaining at the bedside. The Professional Nursing Practice Board provides
oversight for the program. The Board is accountable to review and approve
nursing advancement of professional registered nurses at MWHC according
to designated criteria in each of the four levels of the ACE program;
to support the philosophy, vision, and goals of MWHC professional nursing
by maintaining oversight of the nursing advancement process and review
performance across the hospital clinical services set forth in the Professional
Nursing Practice Standards; to provide a path for career promotion for
nurses through mentoring and development; and to provide a consistent
structure for evaluating nurse performance within the MWHC Human Resources
performance appraisal system.
As Nurses, our professional accountabilities are to provide evidence-based
care, high quality patient care, participate in research and quality improvement
initiatives, engage in professional development activities to enhance
our practice, and monitor compliance within our practice to continually
improve patient and staff outcomes.
Nursing Workforce Overview:
Our 1,314 nurses represent 37.5% of our Associate population (not including
A total of 267 nurses were hired in our health system in 2015.