Bon Secours Nurses: Dedicated to Compassionate Care

Since Bon Secours’ beginnings in 1824 in Paris, our health system has evolved from a single group of 12 dedicated nurses who combined clinical excellence with holistic care. 

We stand on the shoulders of these 12 strong women, the first Sisters of Bon Secours, courageous innovators dedicated to providing unparalleled compassionate care.

Indeed, Bon Secours sets a standard for world-class nursing, with 3,082 Richmond-area nurses garnering kudos from national organizations and patients alike.


Three of our five Bon Secours Richmond hospitals – Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, and St. Francis Medical Center – have received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It is the “gold standard” of nursing practice, with only eight percent of the nation’s hospitals receiving the recognition.

Richmond Community Hospital has garnered Pathway to Excellence designation, meaning that it is on its way to Magnet status.

Our Philosophy of Nursing

The central tenet of Bon Secours Health Systems’ professional practice model is rooted in Jean Watson’s Theory-Philosophy-Ethic-Professional Practice of Human Caring Science, Caritas, which denotes a deeper connection with others that honors the sacredness of our humanity, and brings the meaning into the practice of loving kindness to all relationships.

In support of our "caring calling," our nurses adopted Watson's theoretical framework for our practice. In Watson's theory, the art of science of caring balances both compassion and healing with quality and competence.

Dr. Watson's ten caritas processes give voice to the unique contribution of the nurse to health care team in our organization and community. We believe in practicing these ten caritas processes every day:

  • Practice Loving Kindness
  • Instill Faith and Hope
  • Nurture Individual Spiritual Beliefs and Practices
  • Develop Helping-Trusting Relationships
  • Promote and Accept the Expression of Negative and Positive Feelings
  • Use Creative Problem Solving Methods for Decision-Making
  • Perform Teaching and Learning That Addresses Individual Needs and Learning Styles
  • Create a Healing Environment for the Physical and Spiritual Self Which Respects Human Dignity
  • Assist with Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Human Needs
  • Allow Room for Miracles to Take Place

(Adapted from Jean Watson's Caritas Factors by Westlake Hospital Nursing Staff - Melrose, Illinois)


Helping Our Nurses Grow

Professional Growth

Bon Secours considers nursing to be a calling and a profession not just a job. We are dedicated to helping nurses earn advanced degrees, specialty certifications and achieve professional and personal growth. Our many human resources driven programs provide tuition reimbursement, including a Tuition Assistance Waiver for employees who become students at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, professional dues reimbursement and conference and travel expense reimbursement.

The Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing (BSMCON)  offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a 100 percent online RN to BSN completion degree for registered nurses who would like to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Employees enrolled at BSMCON also receive a 20 percent discount off the cost of nursing courses.

The Professional Advancement Program (PAP) encourages active engagement in commitment to caring, safe practice, effective communication, innovation and teamwork. Applicants’ portfolios are reviewed by the Advancement Committee and nurses are able to achieve promotion to Clinical Nurse I, II, III, and IV.

We expect our nurses to be board certified in a specialty. The cost of the exams, for staff who pass the exam, is covered by Bon Secours.

Our nurses are encouraged to participate and become leaders in local, national and international nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association. Many of our nurses also participate and serve as leaders in nursing organizations related to their specialty certifications.

Personal Growth

Bon Secours’ award-winning Employee Wellness programs offer myriad resources, classes and opportunities for our nurses and their families to thrive, including fitness classes, coaching and healthy eating demonstrations at our facilities.

We offer competitive benefits, including flexible scheduling options, and support employees as they balance work and family.

Community Involvement

Bon Secours’ Mission is to provide good help to those in need. We encourage our nurses to be involved in their community, and they regularly participate in local health screenings, career days at schools, and church and community programs. Many volunteer at free clinics, on rescue squads and as first aid providers at area events.

Bon Secours continues to create partnerships that will enable nurses to continue to fulfill the commitment to provide good help to those in need. The Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing offers students opportunities for Global Outreach locally in Virginia and in countries as far away as Haiti and Peru.We also offer the community an opportunity to get to know and support our nurses at the annual Memorial Regional 5k for Nursing race.

Other Programs

Nurses for Good – In 2013, Bon Secours nurses launched Nurses for Good as a way to champion the power of giving together to support nursing initiatives. Since the, the Nurses for Good giving circle has raised about $280,000 to support initiatives voted on by member nurses. Some of these have included the Bon Secours Virginia Certification University to help prepare registered nurses to take their credentialing and certification exams, and the nurse-led Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainers Program, a “Train-the-Trainer” effort designed to support a safe and caring work environment.

Perioperative RN Intern Program  Bon Secours’ Surgical Services Education Department offers a unique opportunity for nurses to learn O.R. skills on the job through an internship program. Upon completing the 26-week course, a nurse can move to available perioperative nurse position.