As an organization dedicated to providing its patients with top quality care, in a rapidly expanding community, St. Alexius Medical Center is seeking talented and compassionate individuals interested in a nursing career.
Tabitha Beede, BSN, RN
Definition of Nursing Care
The definition of nursing is built on the principle that the core of nursing is knowledge and caring. In accordance with the North Dakota State Nurse Practice Act, nursing is defined as the application of the nursing process which includes a nursing assessment, diagnosis, implementation of a plan of care and the evaluation of responses. At St. Alexius Medical Center, our nursing mission is defined as the human connectedness occurring in a nurse-patient encounter. It is the application of the art and science of nursing knowledge to assist in restoring the optimal health and wellness of the individual.
Vision and Values
“The vision of St. Alexius Medical Center is to use our presence to extend Christ’s healing ministry through excellence of service, collaborative relationships and commitment to those we serve,” is congruent with the vision of St. Alexius’ Department of Nursing. The Benedictine values of Community, Respect, Stewardship, Healing Presence and Personal & Professional Growth, including the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, uphold the nursing practice at St. Alexius.
Theory of Nursing
St. Alexius’ Department of Nursing bases its theoretical/practice framework(s) on the tenets that the core of nursing is knowledge and caring. In 1991, the St. Alexius Medical Center Department of Nursing implemented its shared governance program. This program upholds the theoretical framework of Tim Porter O'Grady Ph.D.
Our Mission, “Let all be received as Christ” is based on the Rule of St. Benedict. Wastson and Parse’s nursing theories, which emphasize caring, respect and the science of nursing, synchronize with Benedict’s Rule to guide the practice and art of nursing care delivery at St. Alexius Medical Center.
St. Alexius’ Department of Nursing utilizes its presence in promoting an environment that fosters a holistic approach to healing, caring, support and education to the patient, family and community.
We believe nursing care at St. Alexius is patient centered as evidenced by: • Respecting the rights of all to fair and equal treatment consistent with the Mission of St. Alexius Medical Center.
- Empowering the patients to direct their care by providing education and resources to affect a positive outcome.
- Including families and/or significant others in the plan of care and recognizing personal values, rights and religious beliefs.
- Providing care in a goal-directed manner that enhances clinical care and patient safety.
- Affirming care that responds to the spiritual needs of patients/clients, their families and/or significant others.
We believe nursing is an independent and collaborative provider of health care as evidenced by:
- Accepting responsibility, accountability, and authority for actions commensurate with independent levels of expertise.
- Respecting the contributions of all health care providers in planning, delivery, and evaluation to assure continuity.
Professional Practice Model
St. Alexius’ Professional Nursing Practice Model is a schematic description of the profession of nursing in our organization. It defines nursing’s care philosophy and culture. It acknowledges the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration and professional development; and depicts how nurses support quality outcomes.
The model demonstrates that through the various components of the profession; nursing upholds the medical center’s core values of Community, Respect, Personal & Professional Growth, Healing Presence and Stewardship. The patient and family are positioned at the center of the model recognizing that each is unique in their needs. The arrows in the model illustrate that each component has an effect on the rest and that nursing continually adapts to provide the highest quality of care for the patients we serve.
St. Alexius’ Shared Governance Model promotes shared decision-making based on the principles of partnership, equity, accountability, and ownership to improve and provide safe, quality-driven patient and family centered care. The healthcare team is empowered by Nursing Shared Governance to have a voice in decision-making, thus encouraging diverse and creative input that will help advance the healthcare mission of the organization.
- Nursing Congress promotes professional nursing development and excellence as well as providing cost effective, quality patient care. o Nurse Leadership Council exists to assure implementation and communication of the nursing standards within St. Alexius.
- Professional Development Council provides staff development activities including orientation, in-services, continuing education, and skill validations based on the Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development.
- Unit Care Council is a multidisciplinary council that ensures that unit nursing practice at St. Alexius is consistent with the standards of professional nursing practice to facilitate continuity of patient and family centered care across the continuum.
Awards and Honors
St. Alexius is accredited by The Joint Commission. Our relentless drive for excellence motivates us to continuously improve the way we deliver healthcare. Here is a list of our awards and accolades for 2013 through July of 2014.
- Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency Knee and Hip Replacement - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
- Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency Spine Surgery – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
- 5-Star Rated Transitional Care Unit - Medicare.gov – Nursing Home Compare
- Blue Distinction Center Designation for Cardiac Care – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
- Infant Friendly Worksite - North Dakota Department of Health
- Patient Safety Excellence Award – Healthgrades
- Rated “A” in Patient Safety - The Leapfrog Group
- 2013 Community Value Five Star Hospital - Cleverley + Associates
- 2013 Community Value 100 Hospital - Cleverley + Associates
- 2013 The Best Hospital in North Dakota - U.S. News & World Report
- Quality Recognition - Comparion Medical Analytics CareChex Hospital Quality Ratings
- Pro Patria Award – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee
- Top Performer on Key Quality Measures – The Joint Commission
- #1 in North Dakota Patient Safety Overall Hospital Care; Patient Safety Overall Medical Care - CareChex
- 5-Diamond Patient Safety Kidney Dialysis Units (Bismarck, Dickinson and Williston) - Renal Top Performer on Key
- Quality Measures - The Joint Commission
- Silver Performance Achievement Award - ACTION Registry–GWTG
- Top Home Health Agency – HomeCare Elite
- America’s Best Hospital Health Care – Women’s Choice Award
- Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Emergency Care – Women’s Choice Award
- America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care – Women’s Choice Award
- 2013 Three-year CARF Certification (Rehab Unit)
- 2013 Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center - The Joint Commission
- 2013 ESRD (Dickinson) – North Dakota Department of Health
- 2014 HEALTHSTRONG Hospital – iVantage Health Analytics
- Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award – American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
- Quality Respiratory Care Provider – American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
- 2014 Community Value Five Star Hospital - Cleverley + Associates
- 2014 Community Value 100 Hospital - Cleverley + Associates
- 2014 The Best Hospital in North Dakota - U.S. News & World Report
- 2014 Three-year CoC Accreditation with Commendation - Commission on Cancer of Acos(American College of Surgeons)
Areas of Specialty
St. Alexius offers a competitive compensation plan including evening/night shift differentials, vacation, holiday, and weekend incentives.
Vacation Time (in addition to sick and holiday leave)
- 1-5 years = 2 weeks paid vacation
- 6-15 years = 3 weeks paid vacation
- 16 years and after = 4 weeks paid vacation
- Time and a half when working holidays
- 8 hours of holiday pay will be added during the pay period that the holiday occurs, for those not working said holiday. These holiday hours can be used anytime throughout the year for vacation, sick leave etc.
- Receive 26 hours after orientation period is complete
- 4 hours accrued for every 80 hours worked. Allowed to accumulate indefinitely.
Continuing Education Assistance
- Financial assistance to attend conferences, organized hospital in-service programs and state and federal association meetings.
- Certification Reimbursement Program
- Tuition Reimbursement Program
- Preceptor Program
New Graduates & Nursing Students
Orientation Process (Providing What You Need to Succeed)
Your orientation will be:
- Department specific
- Team oriented
Leadership Guidance to help you:
- Collaborative preceptor partnerships
- Department specific clinical educators
- Dedicated clinical coordinators, directors and team leaders
Building a strong foundation in varied environments
- New Associate Orientation
- General Nursing Orientation
- Computer learning
- Skills labs
- On-line education
Ensuring your future success through
- ACLS, PALS, NRP, BLS, TNCC, ATLS
- Ongoing professional development
- Nursing specialty certifications
- Simulation education
Student Mentee Program
Come join the St. Alexius team this summer! Receive hands-on nursing experience in various areas, under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Competitive hourly wage
- Schedule a maximum of 240 hours in May, June, July and August
- Earn up to two college credits
- Application process open Oct 1 - Dec 1, each year! Positons fill quickly so APPLY TODAY!
- Must be a junior nursing student
- 1 formal application for the Mentorship Program per mentee
- Students must provide mentors with their school’s Core Competencies of Nursing Practice Checklist. This checklist must indicate the competencies that have been met during their course work demonstrating the acquired academic skill level of the student. Upon arrival on the first day of the clinical experience, the student must provide the mentor with the checklist or the student cannot begin the mentorship.
- The school is responsible for coordinating and obtaining proof of the hours.
- A list outlining the skills and the level of supervision by the mentor has been developed for individual nursing units. This list is to be followed by the students and mentors. o Student Mentee Testimonies:
- “The mentorship program was an excellent experience! It helped me with all aspects of nursing practice- assessments, nursing skills, running equipment, collaboration, documentation, patient education and so forth. I am amazed at how much my confidence increased as a result of my experience. I believe it has made my senior year so much easier and has made clinicals much more comfortable. I would recommend every nursing student to be involved in this educational opportunity.” – Janel Eckroth
- “My mentorship in the operating room was a very rewarding experience. I was able to learn so much about OR nursing in a very short time. I was able to collaborate with many different professionals involved in surgical procedures, with several who were always willing to teach. I not only was able to observe a wide array of different surgeries, but also gained hands-on experience from setting up the room for surgery to prepping the patient and IV starts. My mentor was great, was always willing to answer questions and made sure I experienced new things.”
– Amanda Maus
How to Apply for a Nurse Mentee Position:
- Visit St. Alexius Employment Opportunities
- Select the Nursing Job Category
- Apply under Nurse Mentee position
How to Apply for a New Graduate Position
- Visit St. Alexius Employment Opportunities
- Apply under NEW Graduate Nurse position
- Be sure to list 3 areas of interest
- Contact our Nurse Recruiter with any question:
Tabitha Beede, BSN, RN
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