Nursing Excellence

HVI NurseAt Saint Joseph's Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute, we take great pride in our talented staff of nurses. Our team of exceptional nurses is an essential component to both the high-quality care and the high level of service we provide. The level of dedication, expertise, and compassion our nurses exhibit is a huge part of what allows us to grow, thrive, and offer you the best care possible.

Our nurses will support you throughout the continuum of care, from pre-admission to follow-up, acting as advocates and facilitators of the physician-patient relationship. Your physician and nurses will work together with other healthcare providers to provide excellent care and track your progress. Our team truly cares about its patients, and it shows.

We understand the value of experience, and many of our nurses have been in the cardiovascular service line for more than 30 years -- a testament to their unwavering commitment. Our nursing staff is comprised of all Registered Nurses (RNs), and many have additional certification in their specialty areas of practice. We are always seeking fresh, new talent to help sustain our high level of expertise. We select only the top nursing talent in the country, and have affiliations with a number of nursing schools.

We fervently believe in cultivating the skills of our nurses, and have become a leader in advanced training and education. For example, we offer a 12-month internship program for new graduate RNs and a 12-week residency program for experienced nurses to move into more challenging, critical-care areas. Our Center for Nursing Excellence, named for Kenneth E. Thomas, MD, has developed a nursing research scholar program to contribute to the body of knowledge going into the nursing community. We are also the first hospital in Georgia to own the latest human body simulation mannequin, which allows our nurses to strengthen their knowledge and skills while efficiently learning about patient response in a wide variety of clinical situations.

Magnet Award LogoAll our nurses play a vital role in Saint Joseph's Hospital maintaining the prestigious Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. We have a professional practice model of shared governance in which every voice counts, from the Chief Nursing Officer to the staff nurse at the bedside. Every day, our nurses share opinions and make decisions that affect both patient care and the work environment. As a result, Saint Joseph's Hospital has been recognized every year since 1995 for excellence in nursing services by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nursing Association.

As the only faith-based hospitals in Atlanta, our nurses understand the incredibly powerful impact that a holistic focus on mind, body, and spirit can have on your life and your recovery, and we are here for you and your family throughout the care process. Rest assured, you are in the expert, compassionate hands of our nurses when you choose Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute for cardiac care.