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Southwest Baptist University (St. John's School of Nursing and Health Sciences)


Welcome from Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Pam Reese, RN, CNAA, FACHE

The best part of my job is the opportunity to work with the fine nursing and other health care professionals throughout St. John's Health System who are committed to providing the best health care they can, which is equal to or better than at any place I have ever worked before.

As I travel to the hospitals throughout St. John's Health System to meet nursing staff and other personnel, my goal is to help nursing staff to have the tools, skills training and support needed to fulfill them as individuals and to meet the needs of the patients they serve.

Nurses at St. John's are guided by the Mercy values - service, justice, excellence, stewardship, and respect for the dignity of each person - which I believe is what sets St. John's apart from any other health care provider in the region.

My personal philosophy is that nurses, physicians and administrators must work together as partners to assure the delivery of high quality patient care. That is one of the reasons I was attracted to work for St. John's. I see these relationships continuing to improve day by day and I believe patients benefit tremendously by the way we practice and work together at St. John's.


The Sisters of Mercy were founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland, by Catherine McAuley. Catherine was an heiress who used her fortune to serve the poor, especially women and children.

When Catherine McAuley began her work in 1827, she intended to create a way for the poor to learn marketable skills that would enable them to secure jobs.

By matching the skills of the newly educated poor with the needs of Dublin's elite, Catherine was able to help both groups. Even though Catherine did not intend to form a religious order, she was compelled by the fact that it would perpetuate service to the poor after her death.

During the mid-19th century, many laborers and their families emigrated to the United States.

Sisters of Mercy followed these emigrants to the U.S. to nurse and teach in the poor communities that sprang up around factories and mines. In twos, threes and fours, they traveled to establish schools, hospitals and programs for the poor. Their numbers grew as new members were attracted to the Order.

The Sisters of Mercy in the United States, Central America, South America, Guam and the Philippines united July 20, 1991, to form the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. To this day they continue to respond to a call to serve God's people through education, health care and other ministries that further social, political, economic and spiritual well-being.

The Founding of St. John's

Three Sisters of Mercy from St. Louis settled in Springfield to establish St. John's Hospital in 1891 in a small brick home with four patient rooms. The Sisters lacked medical equipment and often walked many miles to care for patients who were too ill to come to the hospital.

At the turn of the century, the Sisters addressed the growing need for staff and equipment. In 1905, a new St. John's Hospital and nursing school opened.

As Springfield grew, so did the need for physicians. In 1924, four visionary physicians introduced the innovative concept of group medical practice. General surgeons Wilbur Smith, Wallis Smith, and Robert Glynn along with Guy D. Callaway, an internist, founded the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic.

As better roads and automobiles brought more people to Springfield for medical care, Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic developed additional specialties and added more internists.

St. John's also continued to grow and expand. The Sisters of Mercy purchased the current 11-acre site at 1235 E. Cherokee for a new 250-bed facility after World War II. The Sisters opened the new facility in 1952.

Now a regional health center, St. John's Hospital is licensed for 1,016 beds, which includes the Mercy Villa long-term care facility. Numerous physicians and specialists established independent practices in Springfield, many of them locating their offices in medical buildings on and near St. John's campus.

In 1990, St. John's created a network of rural family practice clinics in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas. Three years later, the rural physicians joined Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic and other independent physician offices to form St. John's Health System. Since then, a health plans division, a home care division, five regional hospitals and seven pharmacies have joined St. John's.


We seek to improve the health and quality of life of communities we serve, with particular concern for people who are economically poor.

Five core values guide our decisions and actions.

Accepting of all persons as created in the image of God.

Honoring each person's rights and responsibilities in light of the common good.

Responding with compassion to the needs of others.

Striving to attain high standards of performance and proficiency.

Using our talents and resources wisely. As we strive to meet the needs of the Ozarks area, we stand ready to serve others as their needs dictate and our capabilities allow.


St. John's Health System is an integrated health care system dedicated to carrying out Christ's healing ministry to the people of the Ozarks area.

By partnering with those of similar callings, we strengthen our ability to provide creative, high quality, cost-efficient health care to all in need. Sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, we are guided in our ministry by the Mercy heritage of special concern for the poor, sick and uneducated. We uphold the values and principles inherent in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

We respect and value the dignity of each human life at all stages of development and conditions. We seek to promote good health and well-being while at the same time strive to relieve suffering and address its causes. We believe this service is an opportunity for all involved to come to a deeper understanding of the true meaning and gift of life.

We recognize and respect the diversity of religious beliefs, cultures, and abilities. We are driven by values that compel us to provide compassionate, personalized care to the fullest extent that human and material resources will allow.

We are committed to those who minister with us so they may carry out their ministry to the best of their ability in a life-giving, fulfilling way.


There's a special group of nurses at St. John's Hospital.

These nurses are called preceptors – experienced team leaders and clinicians who mentor senior nursing students during their management rotation. Rotations include 130 hours of clinical practice time and introduce entry-level nurses to leadership roles and career development.

Assisting the nursing instructors, these dedicated professionals take students under their wing and help them explore the interdisciplinary functions of organization, delegation, prioritization, coordination and collaboration at St. John's Hospital.

The Role of Preceptors
* Participate in identification of learning needs of the nursing student.
* Set goals with the student in collaboration with the faculty and curriculum.
* Act as a role model.
* Provide patient care in accordance with established, evidence-based nursing practice standards.
* Fulfill nursing duties according to hospital and unit policies and procedures.
* Maintain mature and effective working relationships with other health care team members.
* Use resources safely, effectively and appropriately.
* Demonstrate leadership skills in problem solving, decision making, priority setting, delegation of responsibility and in being accountable.
* Recognize that nursing role elements may be new to the student.
* Facilitate the student's professional socialization into the new role and with a new staff.
* Provide the student with feedback on his/her progress, based on preceptor's observation of clinical performance, assessment of achievement of clinical competencies and patient care documentation.
* Plan learning experiences and assignments to help the student meet weekly professional and clinical goals.
* Consult with the clinical faculty liaison as necessary.
* Participate in educational activities to promote continued learning and professional growth.
* Participate in ongoing evaluation of the program.

School name:Southwest Baptist UniversitySt. John's School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Address:1235 E. Cherokee
Zip & city:MO 65804 Missouri

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