The Healing Ministry of Nursing

October 01, 2005 | Donald Ammon

Year after year, nurses are overwhelmingly ranked the most trusted professionals in a Gallup survey that measures the public’s perception of honesty and ethics. When you’re in the business of caring, as Adventist Health is, this perception must translate to reality, because we’re entrusting the lives of our patients to these dedicated men and women day in and day out. As a result, we’re committed to putting the right people at the bedside, in the operating room, even in patient homes.

In looking around our system, I believe we have gotten it right. As the following pages will demonstrate, we have an amazing group of nurses who believe in what they do and the mission that guides us to “share God’s love by providing physical, mental and spiritual healing.”

While it’s true that most of our nurses spend their days at the bedside, you will discover that health and healing can take many forms. For instance, you will read about a psychiatric nurse who enjoys listening to those who have no one else to talk to. You will hear about a nurse executive who takes great joy in mentoring her fellow professionals. And you will learn about a home-care nurse who prays for her patients on the way to work each day.

To ensure that this caring continues and that we meet increasingly stringent staffing requirements, we are constantly on the lookout for new nurses. Not only are we actively recruiting qualified individuals, we are working to create an environment where nurses feel valued and opportunities abound. So you also will read about mentoring programs and on-site training options conveniently designed for working adults.

In all you read, I hope it will be obvious that we take our mission seriously at Adventist Health. That our nurses—like all of our employees—care enough to make a difference.