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Professional Practice Model

Professional Practice Model — Striving for the Ideal

The Professional Practice Model is the framework to describe what nursing means at AnMed Health. It comprises three distinct but interconnected models, representing the integrated and dynamic nature of nursing at our institution:

  • The practice, or performance, model that defines what nursing is
  • The caring model that describes why nursing is important
  • The delivery model that explains how nursing is practiced

Professional Practice Model
The Performance Model — What We Do

The performance model highlights the interdependence of evidence-based practices, research and quality improvement in the pursuit of nursing excellence. The model recognizes the critical importance of several attributes:

  • Nursing skills focus on both clinical competency and human interaction, including personalized care, listening and responsiveness, a caring touch, and communication and information
  • Nursing knowledge is enhanced by formal education, experience and life lessons
  • Nursing caregiving assures our patients that we will be responsive and non-judgmental, and treat them with dignity and respect
  • Evaluation assesses nursing competency and compliance with our highest standards of care
  • Coordination of care ensures personalized treatment and seamless delivery of services across all disciplines and specialties

The Caring Model – Why We Do It

The caring model identifies five ways our nurses anticipate and meet their patients' needs:

  • Knowing the patient's physical, cultural and psychosocial issues
  • Being with the patient and family to understand their concerns and fears
  • Doing for the patient and family, to comfort and protect and provide skilled care
  • Enabling patients to care for themselves, through education and encouragement
  • Maintaining belief in a positive experience, to enhance the patient's outlook

The Delivery Model — How We Do It

The unique needs of patients, the skills of the nurses and other staff, and the availability of resources determine the appropriate care delivery model, whether it is team nursing, primary or modified primary nursing, relational-based care or a multidisciplinary partnership. Nursing services makes decisions based on the principles of:

  • Advocacy – nursing's role in supporting patients in their care decisions
  • Resource allocation – nursing's determination of resources needed to optimize care
  • Standard of care – nursing's application of best practices in the care of patients
  • Accountability – nursing's responsibility to use their best knowledge and skills
  • Authority – nursing's role to govern their practice according to regulatory statutes
  • Delegation – nursing's leadership responsibility to involve all members of the health care team
  • Interdisciplinary care – nursing's role in providing input to design and improve care
  • Collaboration – nursing's focus on inclusiveness to ensure the highest standard of care
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