Providing Care

Caring for the Community

Nurses at UT Medical Center are committed to strengthening community life and making our region a better and healthier place to live.  We build partnerships with the community through a wide variety of health and wellness programs. By bringing quality, free or low-cost health screenings and health education programs to local communities, nurses help individuals make positive lifestyle choices. Our nurses, from direct care nurses to chief nursing officer, participate in many activities that serve the needy and less fortunate in the community.

The organization supports and sponsors many community service events.  Nurses are involved in, and may lead these events.  Examples include the Healthy Living Expo, HeartWise Cardiovascular Screenings, and The Man Run for Prostate Cancer. The majority of community service provided is health related, but there are also “giving” events for community service organizations and the people they serve. Some examples include collecting personal hygiene bags for the Love Kitchen, back to school supplies for Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries and Florence Crittenton, Inc., and food for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center also serves the community by fostering relationships with area schools of nursing and community outreach programs to fulfill our mission to provide quality education for healthcare providers and patients.  Nursing schools in the area compete for student assignment opportunities at UT Medical Center and many have built special relationships with our nursing staff.

Solid community relationships with area businesses, churches, and organizations have enabled our community outreach programs to influence health promotion and prevention. These programs provide early detection through health screenings and opportunity for follow up care. Medical center education teams have greatly influenced not only the local patient population, but the rural healthcare community surrounding this facility.

Patient & Family Centered Care

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has several structures and processes in place to involve the patient and their support system in the planning and delivery of care. Several elements of our Patient and Family Centered Care model of care including respect for patient values, preferences and expressed needs; information, communication, and education; involvement of family and friends; and transition and continuity, encourage participation by the patient and their support system.  Structures and processes of our care delivery system assure patient involvement in their plan of care including our SpeakUp campaign, the nursing assessment and admission history, the interdisciplinary plan of care, open visitation, whiteboards in patient rooms, bedside shift reports, multidisciplinary rounds, and daily nurse manager (NM) rounds.


Interdisciplinary Care

At The University of Tennessee Medical Center, nurses are encouraged to be involved and nurses at all levels play an active role in interdisciplinary activities to develop standards of care, improve processes, provide quality care, and improve patient outcomes. Collegial working relationships among disciplines are expected and all members of the healthcare team make meaningful contributions to achieve excellence.  Nurses bring their expertise in assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation to these interdisciplinary activities.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is accomplished both in daily practice and through nurse membership on interdisciplinary committees and teams/task forces. These groups have defined purposes and responsibilities or are formed to accomplish specific objectives. Nurses make vital contributions as members and often as group leaders.

Collaboration among disciplines and across multiple settings is essential to ensure we achieve our mission of healing, education, and discovery. Interdisciplinary groups must often cross service lines to assure all aspects of an issue are addressed. We believe an approach where all disciplines work together helps promote safe, quality care and improve patient outcomes.

Orientation and Training

Newly hired nursing staff receive one and a half days of hospital orientation and six and a half days of general nursing orientation.  Several additional weeks of unit based orientation are provided and tailored to each new employee’s specific needs whether they are a new graduate or an experienced nurse.  This orientation and training period is geared toward supporting the transition of new staff into the workplace.  Preceptors are assigned to assist new staff with this transition.

Different Roles of Nursing

As the area's only academic medical center, the University of Tennessee Medical Center offers a comprehensive array of services providing nurses many options to utilize their professional clinical skills. Whether their interest is in surgery, intensive care, labor and delivery or aeromedical services, the medical center is the place for lifelong ongoing learning and professional development.

Here are some of the specialties and areas where our nurses make a difference:

  • Accreditation/patient safety
  • Advanced practice nursing
  • Aeromedical nursing
  • Ambulatory care
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Case management
  • Critical care
  • Dialysis
  • Emergency trauma
  • Endoscopy
  • Infection prevention
  • Labor and delivery
  • Managers and administration
  • Medical-surgical care
  • Mother and baby
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Nephrology
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing informatics
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Operating room
  • Performance improvement
  • Perinatal care
  • Pulmonary care
  • Radiology
  • Transplantation
  • Wound care