Building on more than 130 years of care and compassion, today’s St. Joseph’s Health Care, London continues to make a difference in health care with distinct roles in acute/ambulatory care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics, specialized mental health, complex care and veterans care, and long-term care. With more than 20 locations, St. Joseph’s Health Care offers nurses both the opportunity to specialize and to attain a variety of experiences in leading programs across a spectrum of services.
The rebuilding of London’s hospital system has brought significant new and exciting roles for St. Joseph’s nurses. For example, St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is shifting from an acute inpatient facility to ambulatory care and day surgery, recently opened the new state-of-the-art G.A. Huot Surgical Centre and Diagnostic Imaging Centre. And, we are preparing to build two new mental health sites: a specialized mental health facility in London and a forensic psychiatry facility in St. Thomas.
Our vision ... to be a respected source of excellent health service, guided by people we serve, provided by people who care.
As a faith-based organization, we have a healing mission encompassing each person’s physical, psychosocial and spiritual well-being.
Teaching and Research
As a teaching centre, St. Joseph’s fosters excellence through support for student learning, research use in practice, and generation of new knowledge. Advanced practice nurses involve nurses in identifying clinical practice questions, exploring the literature and participating in continuous improvement and research activities.
Quality of Worklife
Our shared leadership environment is a hallmark of St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. Based on principles of accountability, equity, partnership and ownership, this environment enables clinicians to be accountable for making decisions. For nursing, practice decisions are made through well-established nursing councils. As well, many clinical programs have active team councils, which include nurses, physicians and other clinicians.
"My time on St. Joseph's Health Care London Nursing Council, both as a member and as co-chair, has given me an opportunity to participate in decision making and to have impact on nursing practices– as well as develop leadership skills and grow, both as a nurse and a person." Gerry Johnston, Regional Mental Health Care (2005)
We offer nurses flexibility and support to achieve balance between work and home, and programs to foster our commitment to a safe, satisfying workplace.
Career Development and Learning
St.Joseph’s is a place where you can grow. Coaches help new nurses build their confidence in clinical skills and in developing therapeutic relationships with the clients they serve. Individual performance development plans that include peer feedback are used to promote ongoing skill development.
Funding of formal educational programs such as CNA certifications are available through bursary and award programs. In addition, in-house programs on topics such as fostering collaborative relationships, clinical ethics, coaching, leadership, and developing personal insight are offered. Web-based programs, video, CD ROM and self-learning packages are also available in addition to the facilitator-led programs.
Carolyn Wilson, an RN and recipient of the 2005 Nursing Excellence Award, adds: "In all my years here at St.Joseph’s, I have participated in countless staff education opportunities, which I have found excellent and very relevant to practice."
"The collegiality and support that exists within our departments has made the transition from new graduate to RN a very positive experience," says Amanda Thibeault, Professional Practice Consultant, Nursing at St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. "Nurses at St. Joseph’s have many opportunities available to them, including involvement in shared leadership, support for education and professional practice and working within a multidisciplinary team. Colleagues value different perspectives and are always around to give you support when required. This type of an environment makes St. Joseph’s a wonderful place to work!"
Have a satisfying and rewarding nursing career. Find yourself at St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. Making a Difference.