A Message from our Chief Nursing Officer Scott Ciesielski, MS, RN
Since joining Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in 2018, I have had no shortage of experiences that prove our nursing team has the passion for, and commitment to, making our ministry the absolute best for our patients.
We are proud of our nurse’s commitment to their profession, contributions to the successes in caring for our patients and their families as well as the service to our community at large. We are also proud of the progress and recognition we have received. Over the years, we have transitioned many nurses into new areas of practice, either as a new graduate or an experienced nurse wanting a new area of expertise. We have partnered with educational institutions to inspire and develop new nurses as they learned the art and science of the profession. Nurses are engaged as lifelong learners and have earned or are pursuing a BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD’s, or professional certification in their specialty which dramatically impacts the care provided and the environment of care in which they practice. We also have a strong community outreach, participating in walks and other fund raising events, to bring awareness to disease states and advocacy for healthcare. And, as a Magnet® organization, our Shared Governance structure and Unit Based councils continue to drive practice change and positively affect our patient outcomes as evidenced by our nurse sensitive indicators. The nurses distinguish themselves as national leaders at conferences by disseminating innovative practice and research to shape the future of nursing and provide health for a better world.
It is not just our clinical expertise that makes our organization strong. It is also the compassion we demonstrate each day. Our nurses are recognized by patients and their families as Daisy Award recipients for the exceptional care they provide. We hear through many venues stories of how our nursing team is continually finding a path to ease the way of patients and families when they are most vulnerable. Whether it is an Honor Walk, memory stones, holding a hand, or crying with a patient and family, our nurses demonstrate the essence of compassion each and every day. Our nurses have excelled at providing our patients with the best experience during highly impactful times.
It is with the utmost gratitude and respect that I acknowledge our nurses for the passion they bring to their role. It is truly an honor to be the Chief Nursing Officer that leads the unmatched Nursing professionals at our ministry.
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is proud to be Magnet® recognized, the nation’s highest recognition for nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® recognized the hospital’s nursing team for exemplary patient care, nursing practice collaboration, patient outcomes and nursing research.
The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. Read more about ANCC Magnet Recognition.
Please share your story and recognize a nurse who demonstrated excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care.
We are so proud of all of our Daisy award recipients.
2020 Daisy Award winners
- January: Nidia Perez-Bonilla, Transitional Care Unit
- February: Nicole Iocona, CV Services
- March: Lindsey Burrell, Intensive Care Unit
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Professional Practice Model
Our Professional Practice Model is grounded in two complementary nursing theories, Jean Watson’s “Philosophy of Nursing,” based on her theory of human caring, and Patricia Benner’s novice-to-expert theory, based on her book “From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice.” The PPM depicts how nurses grow into nursing practice and how they communicate and relate to patients, families, communities and the interdisciplinary team.
The five components of our professional practice model include:
Shared Leadership and Empowerment
We see leadership as a shared endeavor between our leadership teams and clinical nurses. It is designed to maximize professionalism in nursing practice.
Quality, Safety and Excellence in Nursing Care
Nurses promote quality and safety in nursing care. They take accountability for high-quality outcomes.
Professional Development Advancement
We promote opportunities for nurses to grow into the professional nursing role with collaboration and competence. We encourage and reward their participation in academic progression, national certification and ongoing continuing education programs.
Within this context, collaboration is a necessary component to professional growth. Team members bring valuable expert resources to the care of patients and families.
By using the systematic study of actions and phenomenon relative to the practice of nursing, we can greatly enhance nursing practice and patient care outcomes.
The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care defines this type of care as “an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families.” At Providence, we recognize that when we care for a patient, our care extends to and must be sensitive to the patient’s family.
Our FocusAs nurses at Providence our focus is on the physical, environmental, psychospiritual and socio-cultural comfort of our patients and their families. Nursing care is the science of caring based on interpersonal relationships. Nursing caring is complementary to medical curing. Nursing care is aimed at providing faith and hope. It also is projected to bring the patient to a state of his or her own potential, not as he or she currently presents. The vision at Providence Health & Services, Know Me, Care for Me, Ease My Way, expresses the caring and interpersonal nursing care we promote and deliver within the Providence Southern California region.
Providence Little Company of Mary nurses are committed and passionate about giving back to their community. With our mission to care for the poor and the vulnerable at the forefront of everything we do, we have participated in, help organize and lead community walks, attended health fairs, and providing resources to those who need it.
- American Cancer Society – Relay for Life
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Out of the Darkness Walk
- American Heart Association – Heart Walk
- American Parkinson Disease Association – Optimism Walk
- SKECHERS – Tour De Pier
- SKECHERS – Friendship Walk
- March of Dimes – March for Babies LA
- Providence TrinityCare Hospice – Layla’s Nature Walk
- Palos Verdes Chamber – Street Fair
American Cancer Society – Relay for Life
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Out of the Darkness Walk
American Heart Association – Heart Walk
American Parkinson Disease Association – Optimism Walk
SKECHERS – Tour De Pier
SKECHERS – Friendship Walk
March of Dimes – March for Babies LA
Providence TrinityCare Hospice – Layla’s Nature Walk
Palos Verdes Chamber – Street Fair