Nursing care at Mercy Medical Center is defined as the diagnosis and treatment of human response to actual or potential health problems. (American Nurses Association Policy Statement)

The purpose of nursing care is to provide individualized care, treatment, counseling, and health teaching for individuals who are experiencing changes in the normal health process or who require assistance in the maintenance of health and the prevention/management of illness, injury, or disability. The practice of nursing by a registered nurse will mean assuming responsibility and accountability for those nursing actions which include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing human responses to actual or potential health condition.
  • Identifying the nursing care needs of an individual, family or group.
  • Executing a nursing treatment regimen through the selection, performance, management, and delegation of proper nursing practices.
  • Teaching health care practices.
  • Collaborating with other health care personnel to promote health care.
  • Evaluating a patient’s response to nursing intervention.
  • Executing diagnostic and therapeutic regimens prescribed by duly licensed practitioners authorized to do so.
  • Prescribing, administering, supervising, delegating and evaluating nursing activities.
  • The registered nurse is expected to utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills based on their specialized knowledge, judgement and ability when implementing each step of the nursing process. The practice of nursing by a licensed practical nurse will mean assumption of responsibilities and the performing of acts, within the educational background of the practical nurse, under the direction of a licensed physician or registered nurse.
  • Contributing to the nursing assessment of individuals and groups of individuals by collecting, reporting, and documenting objective and subjective data in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Participating in the development of the nursing plan of care at the direction of the RN.
  • Implementing the nursing plan of care in accordance with the LPN’s scope of practice.
  • Contributing in an accurate and timely manner, both to the evaluation of patient responses to nursing care and to the modification of the nursing component of the plan of care.


Nurses apply a body of knowledge for the purpose of identifying, intervening, and evaluating response to actual or potential health problems. Through caring, diagnostic, and therapeutic actions, nurses assist patients and families to regain or maintain optimum health as well as provide comfort, strength, and understanding in death. Actions may be directly dependent on physician’s orders and/or independently based on the patient/nurse interaction. 

  • Caring practices
  • Teaching-coaching, patient and family education
  • Diagnostic and patient-monitoring interventions
  • Management and interventions during rapidly-changing situations
  • Administrating and monitoring therapeutic interventions and regimens
  • Monitoring and ensuring the quality of healthcare practices
  • Clinical competencies
  • Clinical leadership skills