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Professional Practice Model

What is a Professional Practice Model?

A professional practice model is a system or framework that supports professional nurses in their everyday practice. This model supports our belief in the importance of superior patient care based on partnerships between nursing and other clinicians, patients, families and the community.

Putting Words to our Professional Practice Model

  • Arching words are our Outcomes:
  • Quality & Safety
  • Expert Care
  • Professionalism

The Center represents our Caring and Compassion, which enables us to connect with our Patients-Family- Community-“Family Centered Care” The mountain represents no beginning or no end. Demonstrating how each
comment connects-


  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Honor and Respect
  • Accountability
  • New Ideas
  • Growing Continuously
  • Excellence

Just Culture

  • Accepting responsibility/ownership
  • Owning up to gaps in knowledge
  • Quality of choice
  • Reporting errors and system vulnerabilities
  • Following through: “Do what you say”
  • Conviction and courage to do the right thing despite what others think

Responding to events in a fair and just manner Focus on risk, system design and behavioral choices
Balancing system and individual accountability Support and thriving learning systems.

Expertise and Knowledge

  • Certification
  • Clinical Ladder
  • Advanced degree
  • Continuing Education (Life Long Learning)
  • Competency

Shared Governance

  • Shared decision making
  • Nurses having control over their own practice
  • Collaboration
  • Communication


  • Innovation
  • Voice Advocacy
  • Commitment to my co-worker
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Peer Review
  • Champion

Evidence Based Practice

  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Change
  • Best Practice

Coaching and Mentoring

  • Championing of cause
  • Role modeling
  • Guidance
  • Trusting partnership