Our Nursing Professional Practice Model

A professional practice model (PPM) describes how registered nurses practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally to provide the highest-quality care for those served by St. Mary’s. Our professional practice model  aligns and integrates nursing practice with the Mission, vision, values and philosophy of nursing. The framework of our PPM also guides our nursing strategic plan, identifying clear goals and expectations for all professional RNs – helping us achieve optimal outcomes.

The Elements of Our Professional Practice Model

Our Philosophy – Patient-Centered Care: Elements, Benefits and Examples: The Institute of Medicine defines patient-centered care as “Providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”

Our nursing professional practice model is shaped by the principles of accountability, partnership, equity and ownership.

  • Accountability: Allows for role autonomy, defines the work and the role of the professional, clinically driven, practice-based, focused on patient outcomes.
  • Partnership: Relationship between the stakeholders, critical to effectiveness, required to exercise empowerment, involves interdisciplinary staff in decisions.
  • Equity: Best method for integrating relationships, no role is more important than the other.
  • Ownership: The exercise of ownership and accountability for professional standards and practices, requires commitment of the members of the professional and what the individual contributes, establishes obligation to own what one does.

As part of our governance structure, the Covenant Health clinical professional nurse assumes full responsibility, authority and accountability for nursing practice, while participating in collegial relationships with other disciplines to plan, deliver and evaluate care.

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