Nursing at Aurora
Aurora System Nursing Alliance
There is a fundamental belief that clinical decisions need to be made by a patient's bedside nurses and caregivers. Shared governance allows those caregivers' voices to be heard in matters concerning clinical practice, policies, procedures and much more. Aurora Health Care's shared governance process is called Aurora System Nursing Alliance, or ASNA for short.
Aurora Health Care maintains a relatively flat organizational structure, one with few administrative levels, that involves nurses in the clinical decision-making process at all levels of the system. This is one way Aurora strives to find better ways, by letting the person closest to the patient recommend changes and innovation. As one nurse said, "We're sitting at the table. We are decision-makers."
Staff nurses with clinical knowledge and managers with resource knowledge collaborate to make the best decisions for patient care and the overall work environment. Participation in the Aurora System Nursing Alliance (ASNA) provides an opportunity for all nurses to improve care, teach others and measure quality. ASNA welcomes all nurses. Participation for individuals varies from simply being aware of the structure for decision making purposes to supporting colleagues who serve as council members, or to serving firsthand as a council or work group member. The council structure allows nurses throughout Aurora to be connected to each other no matter where they are located.
Another nurse shared, "I felt very empowered by the work of shared governance. It was like the icing on the cake for me to be able to know that care is driven by the individuals who are providing the care, the actual person at the bedside having a voice."
Aurora Health Care has a unique nursing leadership structure at the unit level called a dyad, consisting of a manager and a clinical nurse specialist. Nurse managers provide a positive nurturing environment with sufficient resources to support quality patient care. Clinical nurse specialists assist in the transition of nurses to the practice setting, coach nurses in their clinical practice development, manage the clinical practice on the floor, and facilitate formal and informal orientation opportunities.
All nursing leaders convey a strong sense of advocacy and support on behalf of staff and patients. State-of-the-art technology, a nursing education specialist and a variety of educational systems support patient care and staff learning. An electronic health record, with clinical decision support, aids care planning and documentation.
Aurora offers leadership development for staff nurses, managers and clinical leaders. Leadership development begins with all newly hired nursing staff receiving education on Magnet recognition, evidence-based practice and shared governance. Aurora continues to develop internal leaders by offering numerous courses with emphasis on current leadership concepts. All nurses have a unique opportunity to grow in their professional and leadership skills to further their career and enhance their professional experience.
We know that the building is only as good as the people who work in it...
We are committed to hiring passionate, patient-centered caregivers. We are seeking nurses with the ability to develop excellent relationships with patients, families and fellow caregivers, who are proactive in finding better ways, strive for excellence, and who possess the ability to think outside the box. We are seeking nurses who can actively problem-solve, particularly in a new environment as we chart new waters.
Aurora Medical Center in Grafton
Aurora Medical Center in Grafton will provide a new option for high-quality care close to home in a community currently served by only one provider. The 89-bed hospital will be located conveniently off Interstate 43 at Highway 60. It is on schedule to open in late 2010.
Aurora Health Care recognizes the importance of education and supporting our employees through educational growth. We offer many benefits to assist employees in reaching their personal and professional educational goals.
Employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through our Educational Assistance Program. This program is designed to help existing employees pay for tuition at an accredited school or university. Eligibility is based on total assigned hours and years of service with Aurora.
Our flexible scheduling may assist employees in finding time to attend courses that might otherwise have been impossible due to work schedules.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Loan Forgiveness Program
Aurora developed the BSN Degree Completion Loan Forgiveness Program to support nurses' efforts to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion degree. The goal is to increase percentage of BSNs within Aurora's professional RN workforce, in an effort to move the practice of nursing to higher levels.
The BSN Degree Completion Loan Forgiveness Program provides tuition loans for Aurora Health Care nurses currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program.
Employee & Organization Development
Aurora Health Care's Employee & Organizational Development department closely monitors the health care industry and offers a wide variety of courses to help employees stay ahead of the curve. Many classes are offered in different formats, including Web-based and traditional classes, to provide caregivers the flexibility they need to attend courses.
Clinical Practice and development model
Aurora values personal and professional growth for our nurses with established career models that develop a nurse's clinical practice. This is exhibited in various clinical developmental models that recognize and value the contribution of nursing expertise through promotion and advancement. The development of practice expertise occurs in the context of patient and family encounters. One such model is based on a body of research (Benner, 1984; Benner, 2004; Benner, Tanner, & Chesla, 1996; Bobay, et al., 2007; Haag-Heitman, 1999). All Aurora nurses participate in successful completion of an advancement process as a condition of employment.