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"In the spirit of Christ and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Mission of OSF HealthCare is to serve persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the Gift of Life."

2012 / 2013

More than a Career. A Calling.

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Mark Your Calendar 2012 Career Fairs

September 26 Noon ­ 4 pm Saint Louis University September 26 11 am ­ 2 pm Millikin University October 30 12:30 ­ 3 pm Illinois State University Bone Student Center October 20 9 am ­ Noon OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Nursing Open House 700 Auditorium - Call (309) 655-2667 or visit for more information November 8 2 ­ 5 pm St. Ambrose University November 13 Noon ­ 3 pm Bradley University November 14 10 am ­ 2 pm Illinois Wesleyan University

Student Nurse Externs 2012

Seventy summer nurse extern participants at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center represented 16 different nursing programs in 2012. The "Building Bridges" extern program began in 1988, and since that time more than 1,170 junior nursing students have participated in this ten-week summer experience. The program offers nursing students an opportunity to learn valuable clinical skills and increase their confidence and enthusiasm for the nursing profession. Additional educational in-services are presented to the externs throughout the summer to further supplement the learning process. This summer, parents and significant others of the externs were invited to "Meet the OSF Family". This event included a lunch meeting and an opportunity for family members to learn about OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, meet the extern's patient care manager, preceptor, and take a tour of the unit. It was well attended and a great way for the extern to share their summer experience with their family members. The externs celebrated the end of their summer experience at a luncheon, sharing their experiences with one another. To be a part of the 2013 extern program, apply on-line at

Connecting With Our Communities and Striving to Improve the Lives of Those We Serve.

It is recognized that safe, quality care for every patient, every time, is integral to the patient experience; but for our patients and families, the patient experience is so much more. Patient centered care that partners with the patient and their caregivers to provide for the physical and emotional needs of our patients that exceeds their expectations is our goal. At OSF Saint Francis, we are doing this through many new endeavors. We have projects focused on care partnerships, communication, transition planning, and the use of established best practices for an exemplary patient experience. We are also teaming up with our patients and families through our Children's Hospital of Illinois and adult patient/family advisory boards. Their voice is used to make improvements and drive change. A new Clinical Decision Unit opened October 2011 as an extension of our Emergency Department. The 18-bed, 23-hour observation unit provides quick treatment and turnaround for adult and pediatric patients. This summer, OSF HealthCare implemented OSF ConstantCare, an eICU program that uses computer software to monitor patients in critical condition. The software tracks patients' vital signs, medications, blood test results, x-rays, and other information. It also alerts physicians to subtle changes like increased heart rate or signs of infection, and it reminds hospital staff of time constraints so they can avoid a crisis and respond immediately to emergencies. The program offers patients extra protection from complications and promotes faster recovery. It helps OSF save lives, manage costs, and decrease the time patients spend in ICU.

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Construction is well underway, and in the spring 2013, the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center will open to begin training healthcare professionals with the best technology available. In the new building, OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria will provide tools for practicing medical procedures in a safe,


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Nurse Residency Program (NRP)

We realize the transition from nursing student to professional nurse is a challenge. It is our philosophy that no new nurse should start their journey alone. Our NRP is structured to support the new graduate nurse through their first year of clinical practice. The NRP promotes the new nurses professional development and encourages the formation of relationship between departments through the use of evidence-based practice and interdisciplinary collaboration. Once a new nurse gains employment at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, he or she is automatically placed into the NRP. The NRP is 12 months long and new sessions start every April and October. Nurse residents meet once a month. The NRP staff is comprised of an RN from Human Resources, who acts as the coordinator, and scholars from the Learning Academy who ensure that content is pertinent, accurate, and delivered in an effective manner. Simulation, case studies, expert speakers, and discussions are some of the modalities utilized to convey information. All residents will receive ACLS or PALS certification (dependent upon their area of practice) in NRP. A completion ceremony is held at the end of the one year and residents present their process improvement projects to administrators, managers, educators, and peers and receive certificates of completion. The NRP hopes to provide the new RN with resources that promote professional and personal growth, a sense of belonging to a community of care givers, and our mission to serve patients and families with the `greatest care and love'. Want to learn more? Contact our NRP Coordinator at (309) 624-3045.

Nurse Resident Stories

Ashley Marmon, RN

The nurse residency program (NRP) has gone through an immense amount of change this year and has improved for the better. The new organization pairs certain specialties together in smaller groups which facilitates an interpersonal environment encouraging participation and promoting a sense of unity. Our sessions consisted of the Emergency Department, Neurology, and Rehab. Our discussions carried us through the world of life altering accidents, and stabilization of critical patients; to the mind blowing world of seizure precautions and ventriculostomies on Neurology. The newly structured NRP allowed me to interact with inpatient nurses and learn their daily struggles, their policies, and listen to their experiences as they did mine. Each residency day I walked away with at LEAST one new piece of knowledge about my inpatient co-workers that I had not known before. This program enabled us to help each other get through this first year of our new career feeling confident about ourselves and our accomplishments. NRP is an amazing opportunity that truly helps to propel the Sisters' mission to each and every new nurse.

From Lori...

September 2012 Nursing makes a difference. It is my privilege and honor to welcome you as you search to understand and discover what makes OSF Saint Francis Medical Center a special and wonderful place for nursing! We have over 1,000 exceptional registered nurses serving patients with the greatest care and love in every area. It is their collective voice as well as what they do individually for patients every day that make the difference. Our nurses are in the top two percent in the world as Magnet nurses. This professional status as the best of the best is respected and recognized as each one brings their own unique gifts to the team. Nursing practice spotlights the exceptional expertise of nurses as they achieve outstanding patient care outcomes. Nursing makes a difference in quality care for our community. The joy of nursing is evident as our nurses excel at meeting patient and family's needs. They are witness to the miracle of life as they see the first breath of life taken by the newborn, share the pain as they wipe away tears, pause a moment to hold a hand, or lead healing care at the bedside. Nurses make a difference. We are proud of our nurses and the care that is provided every day. It is in giving that we receive. Nursing does make a difference. Sincerely,

realistic environment. The facility will offer virtual care units and simulation labs, including an innovation lab for research in simulation equipment and technology. Spring 2013 is going to be a very busy time for OSF. OSF Home Care plans to open the first Hospice Home in central Illinois. The OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home is designed to provide a homelike setting for the care of terminally ill patients and allow for quality time with family and friends. It is being built near the OSF Center for Health on Route 91 in Peoria. Occupational Health and Wellness Services have merged under the umbrella of Employee Health, along with a Health Management Program that invites employees with a high level of risk to participate in a personalized program for improved health. Dr. Tim Vega, Medical Director of Health Management, states that employee health services benefit the entire organization by creating a culture of health.

As k th e R e c r u i te r s


I want to continue my nursing education while working at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. What programs are offered, and what financial assistance is available?

Layne Steffen, RN

I found our Nurse Residency Program to be very effective. I found myself wanting to be a better nurse after each NRP. The small group sessions were very helpful and it was good to hear from other nurses from other areas of the hospital and gain a mutual respect for their particular practice. The NRP program offered us an opportunity to "see the bigger picture" when it comes to the holistic care of our patients from start (often in the ED) to finish (possibly Rehab). NRP sought to infuse the mission of OSF into its new nurses, and I felt this positive pressure. After NRP, I saw my career as more of a calling than a job, and my appreciation for this organization has grown.


While at OSF Saint Francis you can continue your education by enrolling in the following opportunities at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing: · Advanced placement of RN to BSN · Accelerated pathway of RN to MSN for those RNs who hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree · Graduate Programs at the College of Nursing: Medical Surgical, Child and Family, with role options as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Educator · Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program · Doctor of Nursing (DNP) · Courses to expand your knowledge include Leadership, Health Assessment, and Statistics · Post Graduate Educator courses for RNs who have a master's degree At OSF Saint Francis, we believe your desire to improve your skills and gain new knowledge will contribute to making a difference in the lives of patients and support the culture of caring and service excellence.

Through the education assistance benefits, OSF Saint Francis provides a unique opportunity to help you achieve your self-development goals while you work full or part-time. OSF Saint Francis provides financial assistance in two ways: tuition waivers up to 100% at the College of Nursing and tuition reimbursement up to $3500/school year for classes at accredited colleges/universities. In addition, the College has information on institutional scholarships, private scholarship, and an installment payment plan.

Lori Wiegand, RN, MSN, NEA-BC VP Patient Care, Chief Nursing Officer

For detailed information contact: Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 511 NE Greenleaf Street, Peoria, IL 61603-3783 Ph: (309)655-2596 or 655-2245 /


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