Jupiter Medical Center Explores the Future of Nursing

JUPITER, Fla. – Leaders and administrators at Jupiter Medical Center realize that nurses play a critical role in every patient’s treatment, recovery and ongoing health. As part of the hospital’s strategy to deliver an enhanced patient experience through relationship-based care, Jupiter Medical Center hosted the first annual “State of Nursing” meeting.

On Thursday, February 14, deans and program directors from nursing schools across the region gathered at Jupiter Medical Center for a summit to build the relationship between academic institutions and the practice environment, and to create a blueprint for the future of nursing.

“We need to build a new generation of nurses who are prepared for challenges and have the skills of empathy, critical thinking and resilience,” said Dr. Joanne Miller, Chief Nursing Officer at Jupiter Medical Center. “If we can incorporate teaching these techniques into the curriculum and residency programs, we will create a win for everyone – the patients, the nurses, the medical staff and the hospitals.”

Representatives from South University, Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University and Palm Beach Atlantic University learned about opportunities for their institutions to collaborate with Jupiter Medical Center through its summer extern program, undergraduate and graduate practicums, and adjunct faculty programs. The breakfast meeting also gave program coordinators a chance to discover the caliber of services and staff at Jupiter Medical Center, and hear about advances the hospital has made to provide world-class health care for residents in South Florida.

Jupiter Medical Center’s $300 million Vision. Innovation. Impact. Campaign has allowed the hospital to develop and launch a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the De George Pediatric Unit, and the newly opened James J. Felcyn & Louise Brien Felcyn Observation Unit, as well as plan for future development.

“These expansions not only serve our patients, they also offer recent graduates and established nurses more career choices,” said Dr. Carol Milliken, Director of Excellence in Nursing Professional Practice and Education at Jupiter Medical Center. “Nurses seeking competitive careers at medical centers that offer highly specialized care supported by leading-edge technology, don’t have to look outside of Palm Beach County.”

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Photo Credit: Erica Dunhill Photography

Photo 1: State of Nursing Meeting
Photo 2: Dr. Joanne Miller, Dr. Carol Milliken
Photo 3: Jessica Upthegrove, Nadine Phillips
Photo 4: Dr. Ronald Biron, Megan Hamric
Photo 5: April Okerson
Photo 6: Christine Conti
Photo 7: Karin Hudson, Betsy Heartfield, Fred Mollica
Photo 8: Roanna Kingman
Photo 9: Dr. Joanne Miller, Debra Gatson-Caruth, Dr. Debbie Simmons

About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional health care through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center, the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion.

As a leading, not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patients’ well-being and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, please visit jmcfoundation.org.

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