Philosophy of Nursing

Overlake nurses have the opportunity to influence, impact and affect change with every caring relationship. We recognize the spirit and healing power within every nurse. Overlake nurses support the mission and vision of Overlake Medical Center & Clinics through a Philosophy of Nursing based on Jean Watson’s Humanistic Caring Theory and patient and family centered care.


Overlake nurses are privileged to partner with our patients, families and the community we serve. We engage in these relationships with compassion, integrity, mutual respect and pride.


We believe nursing is both an art and a science. Every life we touch will experience the essence of caring through human connection and professional excellence by our world class nursing team.


Our patients are the center of the health care team. The presence of a caring relationship with patients and their families, colleagues and self is essential for the health and wellbeing of those we serve. We integrate the holistic needs of the patient with innovative and evidence-based practice.

We strive to be with our patients in the moment in an effort to know, understand and respect their life experiences. We honor a patient’s right to participate in care decisions, and facilitate this through patient-centered care. We recognize the power of teamwork. We respect and depend on all disciplines to assist us in meeting the patient’s goals.

We foster a culture that values, nurtures and recognizes clinical expertise, leadership and shared governance. We embrace the importance of life-long learning by demonstrating personal and professional accountability to self, our patients, their families and our community. We promote a nursing practice environment that attracts and retains highly-qualified nurses.