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Nursing at MU Health Care

Whether you are a new graduate, a seasoned and experienced nurse, or are simply seeking a new direction or more information, you've come to the right place.

University of Missouri Health Care is a leader throughout central Missouri in providing excellent patient- and family-centered care. Our nursing staff continuously strives to improve the patient experience and the nursing environment through research, education, quality, and safety initiatives. If you're looking for a place where you can provide safe, quality patient care, a place where you can continuously grow within your profession, or a place where the level of excellence is always high, then look no further. University of Missouri Health Care has so much to offer.

Evidence-Based Practice

Through a partnership with the University of Missouri School of Nursing, our nurses learn first-rate research skills and are mentored in developing projects to incorporate the latest evidence into practice. Our projects have been featured at national Evidence-Based Practice conferences and we are proud to foster the continued discovery of best practices to improve our patient care.

Nurses at Unviersity of Missouri Health Care are aware of the importance of searching for evidence on which to base their clinical decisions. With the resources provided by J. Otto Lottes Health Services Library and the Advanced-Practice nurses on site, our nursing staff are learning to make patient care decisions using available research findings combined with their own clinical expertise and the patient preferences. Every nurse has access to the latest journal articles, periodicals, books and publications, many of which can be researched electronically through our on-line service provided by the library.

Nursing Clinical Ladder

The Registered Nurse Clinical Ladder at University of Missouri Health Care System creates a pathway for each nurse to achieve the highest level of clinical expertise. Those nurses who choose to advance on the ladder are recognized for their efforts to further their education, achieve and maintain national certification, contribute to improving safety and organizational performance, investigate new nursing evidence and demonstrate leadership within the organization and community.

The Nursing Clinical Ladder will support the following objectives:

  1. To provide an environment that positively impacts patient outcomes and promotes a high standard of patient care resulting from higher levels of education, certification and continuing education.
  2. To enhance the image of Nursing as a profession through recognition of advanced education, certification, demonstrated leadership and continuing experience.
  3. To establish a system that formally recognizes the increasing levels of clinical competence and knowledge through self-recognition, peer recognition and monetary rewards.
  4. To provide a broadened scope of responsibility and influence as professionals.
  5. To encourage recruitment and retention of experienced nurses at University of Missouri Health Care.

Continuing Education

Whether you are a new graduate or seasoned nurse, continuing education is vital to your professional growth. As central Missouri's only academic health care system, we not only value education, research and innovation, we've made these a part of our mission.

MUHC nurses are strongly encouraged to achieve advanced certification. We recognize that certification validates a nurse's skills, knowledge and abilities which contribute to better patient outcomes. For this reason, we set aside funds each year to assist our nurses in becoming certified and also to maintain continuing education required to maintain certification.

We offer our nurses a professional career ladder for R.N.s with generous compensation as you advance in the series. Along with progressive compensation programs and benefits, University of Missouri Health Care offers an education assistance program that can expand your professional possibilities. We encourage our staff to take advantage of our program, which provides 75 percent tuition reduction at the University of Missouri for full-time staff who have been employed for six months. Staff may receive this reduction for six credit hours per semmester or three credit hours per summer. One of the most comprehensive universities in the nation, the University of Missouri offers nearly 250 degree programs, including bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degree programs in nursing.

After five years of continuous full-time service, your spouse and dependents are eligible for 50 percent tuition reduction at any University of Missouri campus.

Training Opportunities

We provide online registration for classes, online transcripts and learning plans and many computer based training modules so our staff can gain knowledge when their personal schedule allows. Our simulation lab with CEDrick the manikin simulates real patient conditions in a safe, learning environment. Nurses can practice their documentation skills in our staffed computer lab. Our educators provide numerous classes and updates while unit-based educators tailor training to the needs of each unit.

Our nurses gain continuing education according to their needs and personal schedule through computer-based training modules, hands-on learning in our simulation lab and classroom style offerings.

Our core classes include:

  • Annual Skills Day to review old and new equipment
  • Diabetes Management
  • Cardiac Education
  • IV Therapy
  • Basic Dysrhythmia
  • Oncology/Chemotherapy
  • Adult and Pediatric Chemotherapy
  • Trauma Education and annual Trauma Updates
  • Weekly Mock Code Practice sessions attended by all disciplines
  • Pro-Act Training for crisis intervention
  • American Heart Association BLS online renewal
  • American Heart Association ACLS and PALS classes monthly

Physicians and other professionals provide Grand Rounds and seminars on a variety of clinical conditions.

Nursing Shared Governance 

MU Health Care employs a model of Nursing Shared Governance because we support shared decision making and accountability across all levels of the nursing organization. We believe that nurses who care directly for our patients need a process for governing their practice and creating improvements to promote safety, innovation and excellence.

The primary objective of Nursing Shared Governance is to engage nurses at all levels to define, monitor and evaluate the practice of nursing at MUHC. The structure serves as a vehicle for communication throughout the health care system and creates accountability for four goals of the organization of nursing:

  1. Standardizing practices and policies across similar settings and among like patient populations and integrating these practices into the multidisciplinary environment of care
  2. Defining, monitoring, achieving and rewarding the highest level of professional nursing performance
  3. Assuring the continued professional development and growth of our nurses
  4. Supporting the MUHC Mission , Vision and Values, including the Vision for Nursing Service

Each nursing unit elects representatives to a Unit Council. Unit Councils combine into thirteen Division Councils to assure integration of standards among similar patient populations throughout our various facilities. Division Councils each elect representatives to the Global Nursing Coordinating Council which also includes representatives from expert councils such as Education, Nursing Informatics, Management and Practice. Monthly meetings of every council assure active communication and decision making across the Nursing Organization. Agendas, minutes and projects are posted monthly to the Intranet Nursing Web Page to encourage participation from all nursing staff.

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