Professional Practice Model Philosophy and Principles
The Department of Nursing recognizes that in order to improve the quality of healthcare for the children and families it serves, it must develop and maintain a cohesive and resilient team. The team is founded on these beliefs:
- the patient/family is at the core of all its endeavors
- clear role accountability and decision authority at the point of care — and throughout the enterprise — is essential to patient safety and quality outcomes.
Consistent with its mission and grounded on its guiding principles, the Department of Nursing has developed a shared governance structure, known as the Professional Practice Model, or PPM.
Philosophy of the Professional Practice Model
- The Professional Practice Model provides a mechanism for all nursing department personnel to make decisions that improve patient care and work environment.
- Nursing staff practice in an environment that respects and values their unique contributions.
- The PPM supports the mission and values of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- By utilizing an inclusive and collaborative approach, the Professional Practice Model fosters an environment of participation, accountability, empowerment, and respect that strengthens and improves the delivery of evidence-based, patient-centered care.
- Every member of the nursing department is recognized and respected for the value of his or her contributions to the delivery of the safest and highest quality of patient care.
Principles of the Professional Practice Model
- Patient/family needs are at the core of all decisions.
- Focus is on the patient, not the provider.
- Caring relationships are the foundation of nursing practice.
- Commitment to continuous learning and knowledge sharing.
- Commitment to the advancement of nursing science through research and publication.
- Building of partnerships through collaboration and communication.
- Commitment to ongoing assessment and improvement of practice to build on strengths.
- Each member, within their role, must accept the power and responsibility of impacting change.
- In partnership with other healthcare providers, patient care decisions are decentralized to the staff providing care.
- Staff members of all work areas have direct influence over their practice climate and work environment.
- Respect for all contributors and contributions.
- Consideration of diverse viewpoints and ideas.
- Accountability for implementation and ongoing evaluation of initiatives.
- Commitment to the ongoing coaching and mentoring of peers.
- Each member must accept responsibility for using the available vehicles of communication to seek information, relay issues and concerns to the councils, and to communicate the business of the Professional Practice Model to all staff members.