Nursing at St. Peter Hospital

Practicing the art and science of nursing


We joined the ranks of the top four percent of hospitals in the nation by earning the coveted Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center® on the centennial year of the death of the foundress of nursing – Florence Nightingale. Nurses across the globe have taken on the goal to create a healthier world by nurses contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development goals. While the MDGs center around several sectors - including health, poverty, education, gender and the environment - all eight focus the world's attention on critical issues which impact upon the health of humanity as a whole. Providence nurses play a critical role in our community and the community abroad on mission trips to contribute to these goals as they practice the art and science of nursing in the foot steps of Florence Nightingale and the nurses of Providence before them.

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art,
it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation,
as any painter's or sculptor's work;
for what is having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit?
It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”
- Florence Nightingale

As Providence nurses we are committed to the Sisters of Providence and to serve their Mission. Each of us has been called to bring compassionate care to those in need, especially the poor and vulnerable.

Our nursing excellence will continue to blossom as we move into the future and draw strength from the unity of our nurses as People of Providence - deeply rooted in our history – with a deep sense of belonging and caring for our patients.

Our nurses take forward the words of Florence Nightingale as they care for our patients,"When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice perpetuates the great work of my life."

Magnet recognition

Providence St. Peter Hospital has joined the ranks of the top four percent of hospitals in the nation by earning the coveted “Magnet®” recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes the top health care organizations in the nation for providing nursing excellence.

Only two other hospitals in Washington State, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, have garnered this top honor.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high-caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.