Exceptional health care depends on an outstanding team of practitioners—and nurses are an integral aspect of that care. At Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts Children's Hospital, our professional nurses work side-by-side with physicians and colleages to provide a continuity of care that enhances patients’ outcomes. Whether you are expecting a baby, undergoing surgery, managing a chronic condition or anything in between, we build a lasting relationship with you, identify your needs and advocate for your health. We work in a variety of specialties throughout the hospital to deliver evidence-based care that puts patients and their families first.
Patient- and family- centered care
Patient-family-centered care is the foundation for the design and delivery of care at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital. We are committed to partnering with patients and families to assure we meet and exceed their healthcare needs. A major initiative that formally launched in 2012 was our model for shared governance or shared decision making across Patient Care Services. We recognize that incorporating the needs, perspective and expertise of each member of the health care team strengthens our organization.
Focused on quality and safety
We also benefit from closely examining factors that affect Quality and Safety. Learning from mistakes and being accountable for performance in an environment free from blame are key elements in ensuring safety and a fair and just culture. We routinely review our performance and share it with others. This transparency is an essential demonstration of our commitment for excellence.
Care across the healthcare continuum
Lastly, we understand that care doesn’t end once you leave Tufts Medical Center. That’s why our nurses partner with you and your family to help manage medications, educate you about your health and assist you in succeeding in caring for yourself at home. With a large number of baccalaureate- and master’s-trained nurses providing care at your bedside and beyond, you can rest assured that your health is in experienced hands.
The members of the Department of Nursing work side-by-side with physicians and other health professionals to serve the patients of Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts Children's Hospital. Our department strives to fulfill its vision of exemplary practice, innovation, scholarship and leadership by providing exceptional patient-centered care, partnering with both patients and practitioners, standing at the forefront of clinical research and training the next generation of nurses. We are inspired by our guiding principles:
- The nurse, as a partner and a leader within the healthcare team, ensures integration of care
- Teamwork by leveraging the strengths of diverse individuals
- A highly reliable organization that embraces professional practice and a zero defect culture
- Shared leadership that fosters empowerment and participation by all
- A spirit of inquiry and commitment to evidence-based practice and nursing research which contributes to the nursing community
- Exceptional performance in quality, satisfaction and cost through accountability and transparency
- Resolute advocacy for patients and families
Led by Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services, Terry Hudson-Jinks, the department boasts a wide variety of highly skilled nurses who have been trained to work in different specialties, including adult medicine, pediatrics, critical care, surgery and more. We draw on the resources and multidisciplinary expertise afforded by our location in a major academic medical center, while providing you with the compassionate, patient-centered care you expect from a smaller community practice.