Our Nursing Mission

Torrance Memorial Nursing consistently provides compassionate care through exemplary professional practice. We partner with patients, families, physicians and the entire healthcare team to optimize outcomes, and exceed expectations while supporting our community across the continuum of care.

Our Nursing Vision

The vision of the Nursing Team at Torrance Memorial Medical Center is to be a beacon of nursing excellence.


Magnet Designation®

Magnet Designation® is the highest and most prestigious credential a health care organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Torrance Memorial Medical Center achieved this high honor in December 2011, becoming the first Magnet-designated health care organization in the South Bay area. Torrance Memorial re-designated in 2016.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center will submit our application for a third designation on August 1, 2020. Maricarmen Luhrsen, RN, MSN, NE-BC, will begin recruiting Magnet Champions in June 2020.

Magnet® is truly a journey and as the standards continue to raise the bar for nursing excellence, Torrance Memorial nurses will continue to demonstrate their commitment to excellence while raising the bar to Magnet Designation®.


Transformational Leadership

Transformational leaders at Torrance Memorial can be found at all levels of nursing. From the boardroom to the bedside, nurses lead our strategic and quality plans for nursing services throughout our organization.

The transformational Chief Nursing Officer, Mary Wright, RN, MSN, CENL and Vice President of Nursing, Shanna Hall, RN, MBA, BSN, NEA-BC have been a dynamic team in 2019 to communicate expectations, develop leaders and evolve the organization to meet current and anticipated needs and strategic priorities. They have provided seamless stability and support for the entire division of nursing through the retirement of two CNOs in the past four years. The leadership in 2019 has led to several successes for the division of nursing.

The Quality Caring Model

The Quality Caring Model© provides a framework for nursing that resonates with professional nurses at Torrance Memorial. The model is readily applicable in our daily practice.

The Quality Caring Model was adopted at Torrance Memorial in 2009 by all professional disciplines in the organization. At the center of the model are the relationships nurses share with the patient and family, the entire healthcare team, and other nurses. Surrounding the center of caring are eight caring factors. The belief is that if the eight caring factors are consistently applied to the care being delivered, the immediate outcome is that the patient feels cared for by nurses.