Nursing Excellence 

At Providence Health & Services, nursing excellence reflects cutting edge quality, innovation and compassion in all that we do. It means our patients receive not only outstanding care, but that nurses are actively engaged in professional development and advancing the profession itself to improve the health of all that we serve.   

Our nurses work in clinical teams to develop innovative care improvement strategies such as: leading interdisciplinary care teams to partner with patients through their care journey, striving to protect our vulnerable patients through eliminating healthcare-acquired conditions such as falls, pressure ulcers and infections and developing early warning systems that alert care teams to intervene rapidly with subtle changes in a patient’s condition indicating decline.

Our nurses are leading and building a nationally recognized Providence palliative care program available to every patient who needs it, wherever they are. Active nursing research programs are in place in many of our ministries and regions-- in pursuit of scientific evidence to support better patient care outcomes.

Unique to our system, Providence nurses can advance their nursing education by participating in an innovative, distance-based RN-to-bachelor of science in nursing program offered through the University of Great Falls, our Providence-sponsored university.

Our nurses live the Providence mission in service to their communities and through international outreach, contributing their knowledge, time and skill in many countries around the world. This past year Providence has forged a deep and sustaining partnership with nurses and nurse leaders in Guatemala to improve the health of the country itself. 

Our systemwide plan for nursing excellence is reflected in our commitment to supporting all eligible ministries to achieve national Magnet ® or Pathway to Excellence® recognition. These rigorous, nationally accredited programs are the gold standard for recognizing outstanding highest quality in both nursing care and nursing workforce. 

Being a nurse requires a special calling. Being a Providence nurse is the greatest calling of all. I am so very proud of each of our over 20,000 nurses, working around the clock in every community we serve. We are here for you, your family, each other and our communities.

I am honored to serve with this talented and dedicated Providence caring community.  What a privilege to declare, “I am a Providence nurse.” 

Deborah A. Burton, PhD, RN, CNAA; Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer