Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center Nursing
Wellstar Nursing: Caring Compassionately, Practicing Professionally
Wellstar nurses will be recognized as a national leader in the practice of nursing by promoting holistic patient and family-centered care, quality and innovation, education, evidence-based practice, and research.
We serve with compassion. We pursue excellence. We honor every voice.
Wellstar Nursing Professional Practice Model
The Wellstar Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) is grounded in five practice sustaining elements that encircle nursing’s mission and values, those nurses care for, and how care is delivered.
The star, created by the continuous flow of the practice elements, represents exceptional care provided by exceptional caring, professional nurses.
The heart in the center represents how care is delivered across the continuum supporting Wellstar’s belief in a life well-lived.
Care Delivery Model
The Holistic Patient-and Family-Centered Care Delivery Model is at the center of the Nursing Professional Practice Model and addresses those nurses caring for the patient, the family and the community, and how care is provided. The heart represents Holistic Patient- and Family-Centered Care, encompassing the art and science of nursing. Holistic care recognizes the patient as a whole and acknowledges the interdependence among the body, mind and spirit’s role in health and well-being, and is inclusive of the patient’s social paradigms with family and community. The patient and family are active partners with nurses, as care is viewed as doing things with and not to or for the patient. We believe this level of participation in care leads to a higher level of patient engagement, happiness and recovery. The Wellstar Nursing Care Delivery Model is a contemporary model, not based on a nurse theorist, but rather grounded in the elements of Holistic nursing, principles of patient- and family-centered care, and professional nursing ethics.
Rising Star Nurse Residency Program
The Wellstar Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is a 12-month program designed to help new graduate RNs successfully transition from advanced beginners to become competent professionals. The NRP facilitates experiences and learning that contribute to the newly licensed RNs understanding and management of professional concepts such as role development, conflict resolution, delegation, quality outcomes, ethics, diversity, inclusion, and professional research.
Nurse Residency Program Objectives
- Utilizing effective decision-making skills
- Providing clinical nursing leadership at the point of care
- Incorporating research-based evidence into practice
- Strengthening professional commitment to nursing
- Formulating an individual development plan
Wellstar recognizes the critical role nurse preceptors play in the education, socialization, and mentoring of our new team members. Nurse preceptors are provided the tools and evidence-based training to become effective preceptors.
Nursing Specialty Education Tracks
Nursing specialty education tracks are open to new nurses joining the WWGMC nursing team and for current nurses transitioning to a different nursing practice area. Education tracks are offered in the following nursing specialty practice areas:
- Acute Care
- Critical Care
- Emergency Services
- Cardiac Cath Lab
- Maternal-Infant Services
University PartnershipsWellstar West Georgia Medical Center partners with universities in providing research and practical opportunities for students in nursing programs. These partnerships allow nursing majors to gain the experience they need, while allowing Wellstar to help mold and attract talented nurses back into the organization. Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center’s university partnerships include LaGrange College, Auburn University, University of West Georgia, Columbus State University, West Georgia Technical College, and Southern Union State Community College.
Sigma Mu Phi/Sigma Theta Tau
Sigma Mu Phi at-Large is a local professional nursing chapter which is part of the global nursing honor society, today known as Sigma. Sigma was founded as Sigma Theta Tau in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. From those six founding members, our organization has grown to more than 135,000 active members, in more than 530 chapters in over 100 countries around the world. Sigma, at the global and local level, aims to foster high professional standards, recognize superior achievement and leadership qualities, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purpose of the profession. Sigma’s mission is to “Advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.”
In 2019, Sigma Mu Phi at-Large was introduced as an innovative Sigma chapter combining the nursing power of Kennesaw State University and Wellstar Health System. This unique partnership harnesses the power of thousands of nurses in our region. In October of 2019, five Wellstar hospitals joined the Sigma Mu Phi at-Large chapter as practice settings. Globally, Mu Phi was just the 5th chapter to add practices settings and is the first and only chapter in Region 7 to include practice settings. Region 7 includes: South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Finally, Mu Phi is a close second to Nu Beta (Johns Hopkins) in regard to the number of practice settings. We’re global leaders rooted here at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center with our local community of nurses.
Clinical Excellence, Research and Commitment to ImprovementWellstar West Georgia Medical Center nurses contribute to new knowledge through conducting and participating in nursing research to advance clinical and professional practice. Presenting nursing evidence-based practice projects and outcomes via poster and podium presentations locally and nationally is supported and encouraged.
Nursing ResearchAs professionals, nurses contribute to creating new knowledge through research development and implementation of evidence-based care. Wellstar supports and encourages nurses to participate in evidence-based projects, including newly licensed RNs, experienced clinical nurses and nurse leaders.
- Shared Governance Reform: Evaluating the State of Shared Decision Making at Wellstar (IPNG Study)
- Further Validation of the Trustworthiness Indicator: Correlation with Hospital Unit or Clinic Level Measures
- Effectiveness of Charge Nurse Training to Impact Leadership Style and Resiliency
- Effectiveness of Nursing Leadership Training and Strength-Based Coaching to Impact Leadership Style, Capabilities, and Patient Outcomes
- Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Nursing Leadership Mentoring Pilot Program
- The Effectiveness of an Outpatient, Nurse-led Heart Failure Education Program in Decreasing 30-Day Readmissions
- Efficacy of Moral Distress Interventions during COVID-19 Pandemic
- Wellstar Research Institute
- Wellstar system-wide Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Electronic access to journals and books
- Library resources to support literature reviews
- Academic partners collaborative nursing research
Awards and Recognition
Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center Hospital Awards
- Georgia Trend Magazine Top Large Hospital in the State (2016, 2017)
- 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review (2016 – 2019)
- Top 100 Hospitals, IBM Watson Health
- Joint Commission Chest Pain and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Certification- 2020
- Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award; Top 10% in the U.S. – 2020
- Mission Lifeline STEMI – Silver Receiving Center (2020), Bronze Receiving Center (2019)
- GHA Patient Safety & Quality Summit Awards (2019)
- ED Studer Award for Emergency Department Throughput Metrics - 2019
Nursing Excellence Award Winners
- Nurse Practice Star - Kaycee Croft, BSN, RN, RNC-OB - Clinical Nurse, Labor and Delivery
- Nurse Practice Star - Kim Jones, RN - Case Manager, Hospice
- Administrative Leadership Award - Misty Wolfe, BSN, RN - Nurse Manager, 5 South Medical-Surgical
- Administrative Leadership Award - Eliza Loch, BSN, RN - Director of Nursing, Florence Hand Home
- Nightingale Nurse - Andrea Garner, BSN, RN, RNC-OB - Clinical Nurse, Labor and Delivery
- Nightingale Nurse - Veronica Fravola, RN - Case Manager, Home Health
- Innovations in Nursing Practice - Raymond Malloy, RN - Charge Nurse, Florence Hand Home
- Preceptor Award - Gemma Cain, BSN, RN - Clinical Nurse, Emergency Department
- Preceptor Award - Shonda Knight, RN
- Nurse in an Expanded Role - Shaina White, MSN, RN, NPD-BC - Nurse Residency, Professional Development, and Retention Specialist
- Nurse in an Expanded Role - Jill Hutcheson, RN - Quality Assurance Coordinator, Home Health
- Support Partner in Practice - Letitia Edwards, LPN - Florence Hand Home
- Provider Partner in Practice - James Yancey, MSN, APRN, FNP-C - Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department
- Provider Partner in Practice - Olumuyiwa Adeboye, MD, MBA, FACP, FAAHPM - Palliative Medicine Specialist
- Rising Star Nurse Resident Award - Chasity Boyd, RN - Clinical Nurse, 6 South Medical
- Rising Star Nurse Resident Award - Ryan Casper, BSN, RN - Clinical Nurse, Emergency Department
Nurse Leader of the YearJessica Harrilson, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, 6 South Medical Unit
Nurse of the YearLauren Atkins, BSN, RN
Patient Flow Coordinator, Emergency Department
Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center Daisy Awards 2022
- Nannette Phillips, RN – 6 South Medical
- Timothy Garnett, BSN, RN – 6 South Medical
- Brooke Kemp, BSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC – 6 South Medical
- Victoria Moushon, RN – 6 South Medical
- Missy Caldwell, BSN, RN – Intensive Care Unit
- Hayley Morris, BSN, RN – Intensive Care Unit
- Tanya Maddox, RN – 3 South Mother/Baby
Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center Rose Awards 2022
- Avius Boone – Secretary, Rehabilitation Services
- Regina Moss – Care Partner, Intensive Care Unit
- Keynosha Slaughter – Host, Food and Nutrition Services
- Jada Satterwhite – Care Partner, 5 South Medical-Surgical
- Chantris Woodard – Care Partner, 5 South Medical-Surgical
- Elizabeth Casteel – Care Partner, 5 South Medical-Surgical
- Cameron Grimes – ED Technician, Emergency Department
- First to establish a retirement community in our region
- First in the state of Georgia to offer hospital-affiliated home hospice
- First U.S. hospital to launch the MEDITECH 6.0 electronic health record (EHR), placing WWG in the first five percent of U.S. hospitals to implement the EHR
- First Georgia hospital to petition the state for the ability to provide cardiac intervention without surgical backup, as part of a successful five-year Johns Hopkins trial study