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Nursing Excellence

Third Magnet Re-designation Achieved

St. Peter’s Hospital is a Magnet®- Hospital, one of only approximately eight percent of the hospitals in the United States to hold this prestigious designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®, and one of even fewer who have earned this designation for a third time.



Celeste DesChamps


I am proud of the nurses of St. Peter’s. They are integral to the achievement of high quality patient outcomes, consistently providing compassionate, exemplary, evidence-based care to our patients and families. In collaboration with the healthcare Team, they are making a positive difference in the lives of the patients and families we serve.  As caregivers and educators who interface with the patients and families most frequently, they influence the quality of care and safety of each patient.

Nursing practice within St. Peter’s is grounded not only in the evidence-based practices of physical science, but also in the Caring philosophy of our theorist Jean Watson and the principles of Shared Governance.

SPH nurses believe Shared Governance creates an environment that promotes professional growth and allows them to:

  • Define their roles.
  • Regulate their practice.
  • Exert authority in those areas for which they are legally and morally accountable.

Our Professional Nursing Practice Model is the tangible expression of our nursing culture. The Model provides guidance in the development of professional nursing practice and demonstrates our commitment to supporting an environment that fosters excellence. Nurses use the premises of Jean Watson, principles of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Healthy Work Environment, and Forces of Magnetism in daily practice, to build strong, collaborative relationships with patients, peers and all members of the health care team.

Within SPH we are committed to promoting nurses’ professional growth through educational programs, inservices, our Nurses’ Day of Inquiry, speakers such as nationally-respected research and Wound Ostomy Care specialist Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP,  as well as financial and flexible scheduling to support formal continuing education.

St. Peter’s nurses make visible the principles of Magnet® every day through:

  • transformational leadership in unit/hospital interdisciplinary councils and committees
  • innovative programs such as Diabetic Resource Nurse, Pain Resource Nurse and the Emergency Department’s “Nurse First”,
  • achievement of Beacon Award, Baby Friendly, and other honors
  • Participation in key patient care committees such as Ethics Council, CAUTI/CLABSI Committee, Surgical Services, Medication Safety.

I am proud of our nursing team’s commitment to continually improving care for our patients and families.

Celeste DesChamps, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Interim Chief Nursing Officer  


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