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Nursing Excellence

The Online Newsletter for Children's Nurses
e-Edition, Issue 11

Beverly Hayden Pugh


Nursing Professional Practice
At Children's Hospital

By Beverly Hayden-Pugh, MOB, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

 

Nurses have a rich history of making a difference in the lives of others. Our profession is multidimensional, complex, challenging and rewarding. As we celebrate 2012 National Nurses Week, reflect for a moment on what it takes to provide patient care each day at Children’s Hospital. Some examples that come to my mind are quality,; safe patient care; policies and procedures that guide the evidence-based provision of patient care; interdisciplinary collaboration; scheduling systems that incorporate self-scheduling; Advanced Clinical Systems (ACS) to support communication and documentation; unit-based committees that address opportunities for improvement; core courses to support ongoing learning; Pediatric Early Warning System Score (PEWSS) nursing research, which resulted in new knowledge and decreased code blue events; and, well, the list could go on for some time. It is all these elements and more that are needed for our nursing profession to continue to achieve excellence.

The Executive Nursing Council adopted a Nursing Professional Practice Model to describe and depict the attributes, systems, structures and processes that support the clinical practice of nurses and promote a professional practice environment at Children’s Hospital. It is fitting that the model was based on the research completed by several of our own nurses. 

In this special edition of the Nursing Excellence Newsletter, stories will reflect examples and accomplishments of your nursing professional practice.

 

Professional Values

 

Theoretical Framework

 

Professional Practice

 

Governance

Collaborative Relationships

 

Research/Evidence-based Practice

Care Delivery

 

Professional Development

 

Outcomes

 

Reward and Recognition

 

Communication

 

Operations

 

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words and so here is a picture of the Children’s Hospital Nursing Professional Practice Model. It demonstrates the integrated, interrelated relationship of the components of our practice, which center on the patient and family who are core to ALL we do.  

 

Thank you for your extraordinary contributions to our profession in all areas of our professional practice over this past year. It is an honor and privilege to work together with you as we provide the best care possible to the children and their families, and move forward into this next year ever reaching for quality and innovative solutions to support patient care. 

References

1   Adapted from Vermeltfoort, D., Dragomanovich, M, and Mountcastle, K. Common Components of Current Nursing Professional Practice Models in the Hospital Setting in the United States of America – A Qualitative Study. 

In This Issue

Professional Practice

Professional Values

Theoretical Framework

Professional Practice

Governance

Collaborative Relationships

Care Delivery

Outcomes

Research / Evidence-Based Practice

Professional Development

Reward and Recognition

Communications

Operations