Nursing at Albany Medical Center is steeped in tradition while also experiencing continual growth and change in order to remain responsive to the needs of our customers. Our mission, consistent with that of the organization at large, is tri-fold, serving not only to deliver excellent patient care, but also to support interdisciplinary education while maintaining a focus on conducting and incorporating research into daily work, providing for the underpinnings of evidence based practice (EBP).
While our School of Nursing graduated its last student in 1989, other programs have continued to provide for both basic and continuing nursing education, such as Grow Our Own and Project Learn, among others. We enjoy partnerships with many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs through our affiliations. All staff has online access to the Schaffer Library, which offers resources that support EBP such as database search engines and electronic journal access.
There are a multitude of opportunities at Albany Medical Center to progress from novice to expert, to make a difference through shared governance, or to change specialties, move along the career ladder, develop leadership abilities, and more. The Synergy model for nursing practice guides the nursing organization, whether at the inpatient or outpatient setting, in serving patients and families from birth through end of life, pairing patient and nurse characteristics to achieve an optimal level of wellness, as defined by the patient.
We continue to strive to improve performance, focusing on nurse sensitive indicators such as pain management, prevention of falls and hospital acquired conditions, as well as on improving the patient experience. Through our AMC Cares initiative, staff are engaged in decision making, celebrated for their successes, and regularly "rounded on" by their leaders. Nurse leaders conduct patient rounds in order to gain insight about the patient experience while senior leaders round on staff to recognize them for making a difference.
Albany Medical Center is a respected academic medical center that is growing as an integrated health system, engaging partners across the northeast NY region. As Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer for this dedicated care team, I serve the Albany Medical Center nursing organization in every effort that drives us to deliver superior care and service and demonstrate "world class care."
Kate Roche, M.S., R.N.
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Albany Medical Center