The Nursing Professional Framework, with Caritas as the foundation, supports, guides, strengthens and empowers Gundersen nurses collectively and individually.
Our journey to nursing excellence begins with the belief that it is a privilege to care for patients.
VALUES — We practice nursing care that is competent, patient and family centered, and delivered within a culture of caring and safety that promotes a healing environment.
VISION —We are inspired by the patient’s story and known for our passion, dedication, knowledge, engagement, and joy in our profession.
PHILOSOPHY — Caring science influences every element of nursing at Gundersen from the core essentials to measurement and evaluation.
Nursing Structure — Identifies and defines nursing leadership and support
Practice and Pathways
Professional Enhancement — Exploring certifications/re-certifications; Recognition for certified preceptors, Caritas Coach, clinical staff instructors, chair or co-chair of organizational initiatives
Innovation — Creative initiatives, Quality, Evidence Based Practice, and Research
Reflective Practice — Reflective Practice, Portfolio, Writing Goals
Human Caring Theory was developed by Dr. Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN- BC, FAAN, and is based on five Core Aspects:
Ten Caritas Processes
For more information about Caritas, call the Department of Nursing at (608) 775-7341 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 57341.
Each May during National Nurses Week, Gundersen Health System hosts a Nurses Day recognition event open to all Gundersen Nurses. During this event, several nurses are honored for their exemplary professional practice with a Nurse Excellence Award.
Nurses are nominated for their achievements by co-workers, managers, physicians, patients and others. The nominations are reviewed by interprofessional Council members and award recipients chosen through a grading process.
In 2015, 46 nurses were nominated for their achievements, and nine exemplary nurses were selected to receive Nurse Excellence Awards. The Nursing Marketing and Communication Council, together with the house-wide Nurses Day Committee, is proud to showcase our 2015 Nurse Excellence Award winners:
Career Opportunities at Gundersen
Department of Nursing
Nurses Day Celebration
Nursing Research on the Green
Wrapping the Community in Warmth