South Shore Hospital Department of Nursing is committed to provide holistic quality care. The department practices within the administrative framework of South Shore Hospital and supports its goals of meeting community health needs on a non-discriminatory basis. The Department of Nursing believes that: Nursing is a human service that responds to societal requirements for assistance with health related needs. It is oriented toward promoting health, both physical and psychosocial, preventing complications of disease and injury, and providing health evaluation to all types and ages of patients, of the community and their families. Nursing uses a systematic approach to care called the nursing process. The process begins with identification of healthcare needs, self care deficits and educational requirements. A nursing diagnosis is made by the RN and a care plan is initiated. Nursing care activities are evaluated and revised as needed until realistic goals and objectives are attained. Nursing collaborates with other disciplines in the health care field and shares a common basis in the Biological and social sciences. Cognitive, technological, teaching, and interpersonal skills as well as ethical conduct are important elements in nurse relationships with patients, families, and health team members.