Our Professional Practice Model (PPM) is a framework that serves as a guide for defining, overseeing and evaluating professional nursing practice to ensure and support the advancement of the nursing profession at Children’s. The PPM, also referred to as our practice framework, represents nurses’ professional identify through the following eight components that describe how nurses at Children’s practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally to provide the highest quality patient-centered care:
The foundation of practice begins with care delivery, making sure patients and families remain at the center of practice. Relationship-Based Care (RBC) is our model of care delivery that cultivates nurses’ key relationships with patients, colleagues and selves.
Healthy work environment
To find balance between the key relationships of RBC, nurses and interprofessional partners foster a caring and healing environment, and have the resources required for safe, patient-centered care delivery.
Creating and sustaining a culture of safety is vital to improving outcomes and the level of quality care provided to patients.
Transformational leaders provide strategic vision for nursing through leadership support and advocacy, and they empower nurses at all levels and across all settings to share in decisions that impact their practice.
Nurses are committed to lifelong learning and have opportunities for professional development. Nurses teaching and developing their peers is essential to passing the profession on to the future.
Research and evidence-based practice
Clinical inquiry and evidence-based practice enables nurses to identify new knowledge, apply innovative approaches to care delivery and implement the best care for patients.
Professional recognition and valuing nurses for their contributions to practice supports professional advancement. Nurses are committed to serving patients in the community through healthcare outreach.
Demonstrating professional accountability through practice standards supports autonomous nursing practice. Advanced nursing practice demonstrates clinical expertise and encourages top-of-license practice.
Care delivery systems
Following the Relationship Based Care (RBC) model of care, RBC principles make up the Care Delivery component of our PPM and function as the foundation of nursing practice, which helps make sure patients remain at the center of their practice. RBC centers healthcare delivery on three crucial relationships that are supported by and sustain a caring and healing environment. This system of care delivery focuses on the nurse’s relationship with patients and families, colleagues and self. Each clinical unit and department that provides nursing care applies the following guiding principles in a manner that meets the needs of the specific patient population served:
- Nurse-patient relationship and decision-making
- Work allocation and patient assignment
- Communication and teamwork
- Management of the unit and environment of care
As nursing’s care delivery system, RBC Primary Nursing involves establishing a therapeutic relationship between the nurse and an individual patient and family. RBC Primary Nursing is practiced across all care delivery settings, because no matter where a patient receives care at Children’s, the nurse’s role is always to establish a therapeutic relationship, identify the patient’s unique health needs, and communicate and coordinate those needs with other members of the healthcare team.