Nursing

Nursing Philosophy

Nursing is the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems. Patient-centered care promotes autonomous decision-making, leadership skills, collaboration with all health team members, is founded on evidence-based standards and research, recognizes nursing’s accountability for patient care, care coordination, education and advocacy and values a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit.

Professional Nursing Practice Standards

  • Partner with and advocate for patients, families and loved ones
  • Be present to touch, heal and teach
  • Collaborate with physicians and healthcare professionals
  • Provide independent, interdependent and delegated interventions
  • Be accountable for the outcomes of our interventions
  • Evolve through research
  • Value a healthy balance in our own lives

Professional Approach to Care

Coordinated care is population-based, across the continuum from pre-admission to post discharge, as needed. It is based on the professional nursing practice standards resulting in a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. It is based on:

  • Overall plan of care needs
  • Patient’s response to care delivered
  • Family involvement
  • Patient education needs
  • Discharge planning needs
  • Care settings involved (number and intensity)
  • Number of disciplines and specialists involved
  • Length of stay

Learn More


Transformational Leadership

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Contact Information


Driscoll Children’s Hospital
3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
Phone: (361) 694-5000
Toll free: (800) DCH-LOVE or (800) 324-5683

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