Nursing at Cottage Health

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More Than a Great Opportunity, Nursing is a Calling…a Purpose…a Mission

For more than 125 years now, nurses at Cottage Health have been making lives better with exceptional patient care grounded in our core values of excellence, integrity and compassion.

Ranked among the nation’s top hospitals, Cottage Health has long understood that nursing lies at the heart of the compassionate care we offer to improve the lives of our patients and their families.

Perhaps Florence Nightingale said it best with, “Nursing is an art.” We know that to be true—it’s a life-saving and life-changing art.

Magnet Inspired Organization

Cottage Health is a Magnet inspired organization striving to achieve and sustain outcomes reflective of our exemplary care. The support of organizational leadership and of our Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is evident in our daily practice; an example is ceiling lifts located in each patient room in our new pavilions. Examples like this are many and are testimonial to the commitment the organization has to nurses and ultimately to our patients.

Through a robust shared governance program, nurses have opportunities to make changes affecting their practice. Cottage Health offers the tools that enable nurses to provide the quality of care that our community deserves.


Each unit determines staffing levels for licensed staff based on a combination of patient classification information, nursing care standards, patient census, and the licensed nurse to patient ratios established by the State of California.


  • 1:5 Medical-surgical units and behavioral units
  • 1:4 Antepartum/postpartum couplets
  • 1:4 Emergency room
  • 1:4 Oncology
  • 1:4 Pediatrics
  • 1:4 Step-down, telemetry
  • 1:2 Intensive care/critical care
  • 1:2 NICU
  • 1:2 Labor and Delivery
  • 1:1 For every patient under anesthesia

Philosophy of Nursing

The Philosophy of Nursing within Cottage Health is embodied by our Professional Practice Model (PPM). Our foundation is based on our core values of excellence, integrity and compassion. We stand for teamwork and collaboration.

Caring and compassion for the patient and family is at the heart of what we do. We are guided by research and evidence-based practice to promote quality and safety. Our knowledge and collective vision drive our professional practice and benefit the community through wellness and prevention.

Furthermore, we:

  • Uphold and abide by the nursing code of ethics
  • Are mindful stewards of resources
  • Support and honor a commitment to lifelong learning including advanced degrees and certifications
  • Our practice reflects our acknowledgement that Nursing is a blend of art and science.

Learn More about Cottage Health's Professional Practice Model (PPM)

National Leader in Hospital Care

Cottage Health - CMS 5 Star Rating for Quality

Only 2.2 percent of hospitals evaluated earned the government’s first-ever 5-Star rating for overall quality and safety. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital were two of them.

Awards and Accreditations

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