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About Our Nurses

Memorial Hermann Nursing

The vision for Memorial Hermann is to be the preeminent health system in the U.S. by advancing the health of those we serve. As one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, we have more geographic presence throughout the greater Houston metropolitan area

As Memorial Hermann expands and adds services at each of our hospitals, nurses have the flexibility to maintain their excellent benefits and change specialties or locations.

Values and Expectations

Innovative. Accountable. Empowered. Collaborative. Compassionate. Respectful. Results-oriented. Safety-focused.

Advancing Health

  • Align with Physicians
  • Deliver High-Reliability Care
  • Value and Develop People
  • Achieve Operational Targets
  • Nurture Growth and Innovation
  • Create Consumer-Centric Experiences
  • Enhance Population Health Management

CNO Introduction

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Catherine Giegerich
DNP, MS, RN, FACHE

VP & Chief Nursing Officer

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center (MHTW) is still Montgomery County's first and only hospital granted Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing. Magnet® is the most prestigious recognition granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is one of the highest honors a hospital can be recognized with for demonstrating our commitment nursing and to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and community. In 2015, we earned our Magnet redesignation, furthering our continued commitment to excellence.

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is located in the heart of a rapidly growing, nationally recognized master-planned community with award-winning schools and every amenity close at hand. Our nursing community is as wonderful as the community of which we are a part, offering opportunities to function at the highest levels of professional nursing.

Our nurses are innovative caregivers committed to nursing excellence who deliver exceptional experiences through compassionate, respectful, and evidence-based quality care; focusing on the unique needs of our patients, families and community and outperform national benchmarks for BSN or higher prepared and specialty certification.

We welcome you to explore employment opportunities and become a part of our wonderful team.

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ANCC Magnet Status

In 2010, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center was initially granted Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center – this is the top nursing excellence honor and redesignated in 2015, among only about 6% of hospitals in the U.S. have a Magnet® designation.

Magnet Champions – Third Time’s a Charm (Mission Possible)

Third (3rd) Time’s a Charm is our mission possible theme – as we enter the next phase of our Journey to Magnet® re-designation in 2019.

Staff and leaders continue working with Magnet Program Director, Jody Collins, MSN, RN-BC and Magnet Program Educator, Kim McIntosh, DNP, RN, CAPA, to drive our culture of excellence forward through the collaborative, inter-disciplinary efforts to create and sustain a Magnet culture of excellence!

MHTW Nursing Division

Nursing Mission

To create exceptional patient experiences by fully recognizing our tremendous potential to positively impact the patient experience and outcomes and inspire others to do the same.

To make a difference with the smallest acts of kindness and compassion through excellence in nursing practice, leadership, research, education, innovation and caring.

Nursing Vision

Excellence in Nursing.

Nursing Values

MHTW nurses exceed expectations by supporting the values of the organization in that they are empowered, accountable, innovative, collaborative, respectful, safety focused, compassionate and results oriented.

Practice Excellence

The culture within MHTW supports and aligns with the Nursing Mission, Vision and Values and sustains a professional nursing work environment for our nurses to develop professionally, promote excellent care and a healthy work environment. By fulfilling the expectations of our professional nursing practice model, our patients, and nurses experience excellence in care and the highest quality outcomes.

Care Delivery Model: Patient & Family Centered Care

A Care Delivery System (CDS) delineates nurses’ authority and accountability for clinical decision making and outcomes. At MHTW, we foster Patient and Family Centered Care Delivery and incorporate both into the care decisions, with the patient’s permission.

We support the patient by encouraging the family members to remain with the patient as much as possible. All of our patient rooms are private and accommodate overnight stay(s) with family so that the patient feels comfortable during their hospitalization. This means that we ALWAYS put the patient and family at the CENTER of all we do!

Nursing Theory:

The theoretical/practice framework stylized within the nursing services at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is structured upon Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring, Imogene King’s Theory of Goal Attainment and Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert theory as a foundational design. All theorists have a profound effect on the patient centered care provided by Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center nurses.

Nursing Theorists: Jean Watson, Imogene King and Patricia Benner

The Division of Nursing adopted a culmination of nursing theorist to support the overarching foundation for nursing practice across Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.

  • Jean Watson: Theory of Human Caring. Watson’s caring science helps our nurses embrace the positive energy that flows from a cohesive mind, body and spirit and is mutually rewarding to the patient and the nurse. Caring regenerates life energies and potentiates our capabilities; emphasizing that we must care for ourselves to be able to care for others with benefits that are immeasurable and promote self-actualization on both a personal and professional level. Caring is mutually beneficial for the patient, nurse, and all healthcare team members; ultimately creating memorable experiences and human connectedness.
  • Imogene King: Theory of Goal Attainment: congruent with the philosophy of patient and family-centered care. According to King’s theory, the goal of nursing is to help individuals and groups attain, maintain, and restore health. It involves the nurse and the patient mutually communicating information, establishing goals, and taking action to obtain goals. This is accomplished by nurses and patients working together, through an exchange of information, to establish goals and plan how best to meet those goals.
  • Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert theory as a foundational design as a nursing theorist who first developed a model for the stages of clinical competence. Her model is one of the most useful frameworks for assessing nurses' needs at different stages of professional growth and is incorporated into our Professional Nurse Advancement Program (PNAP) which recognizes-rewards our nurses as they develop skills and understanding of patient care through education and experiences.

Professional Nursing Framework

The foundational structure for Nursing Excellence within MHTW includes the framework for which MHTW nurses: continue to develop professionally; practice autonomously; seek, create and question clinical practice; and ultimately provide excellent care.

Aspects of this framework include the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics; the Texas Nurse Practice Act (NPA); professional growth and development through continued education and lifelong learning; Spirit of Inquiry; inter-professional collaboration; a healthy work environment and self-care.