north country hospital nurse practice council

Goals for 2024-2025

  • Nursing Recruitment
    The Nurse Practice Council would like to play a role in recruitment of nursing staff to NCH.  This would include outreach at the high school and college levels and attending job fairs alongside Human Resources.
  • Self-Care & Wellness
    The Nurse Practice Council recognizes how important it is for our nurses to take care of themselves so that they can give the best care to their patients.  During Nurses Week this year a variety of wellness classes were offered during the day, in every department, directly in the units.  This gave staff the best possible chance at participating in the wellness activities.  A lot of positive feedback was received, so much so that we would like to explore how to incorporate more wellness and self-care activities into our day and week.
  • Preceptorship
    Currently, NPC is working to help preceptors within our organization. We are gathering information from current preceptors and brainstorming ways to offload some of the burden they may feel. We acknowledge how challenging it can be to precept one nurse after another and our goal is to alleviate some of that challenge, thus helping with nurse satisfaction and retention here at North Country.
  • Aligning NPC Goals with the Nursing Strategic Plan
    The Nurse Practice Council’s purpose is to empower and inspire nursing professionals while providing quality care through evidence-based practices.  The Nursing Strategic Plan’s 4 pillars support this initiative. Aligning the Nurse Practice goals with the Nursing Strategic Plan will ensure everyone is on the same page, working towards the same goals. As part of the Employee pillar, the Nurse Practice Council will once again deliver cookie platters to all units and practices throughout the organization!  You can look forward to that in February/March, after the holidays.  This activity gets the word out about the Nurse Practice Council, bringing awareness to the group, and a special treat for the week!

Initiatives Implemented by the NPC

Mentorship Program
North Country Hospital’s nurse mentoring program is a comprehensive initiative designed to support and develop newly hired and less experienced nurses through personalized guidance and mentorship. The program pairs novice nurses with seasoned professionals who provide ongoing support, advice, and training. This mentorship aims to enhance clinical skills, foster professional growth, and ease the transition into the healthcare environment. By promoting a culture of collaboration and continuous learning, the program seeks to improve job satisfaction, reduce turnover rates, and ultimately ensure high-quality patient care. Regular check-ins, hands-on training sessions, and feedback loops are integral components of the program, ensuring that mentees gain confidence and competence in their roles.

Nursing Code of Conduct
This Nursing Code of Conduct outlines the fundamental ethical principles, responsibilities, and professional behaviors expected of nurses in their practice. It serves as a guide to ensure high standards of integrity, respect, and competence in nursing care.

Nurse Practice Council Bylaws


Member Responsibility:

Members will be responsible for attending meetings and reporting activities and disseminating minutes/ information to their respective unit. If a member misses a meeting, it is the responsibility of the Council member to obtain information from the missed meeting and disseminate this to the department they represent.

The NCH Nurse Practice Council empowers clinical nurses to implement and maintain standards of nursing practice and patient care consistent with evidence-based practice and requirements of regulatory agencies.


Meet the NCH Nurse Practice Council


NCH Nurse Practice Council Mission:

The Nurse Practice Council empowers clinical nurses to implement and maintain standards of nursing practice and patient care consistent with evidence-based practice and requirements of regulatory agencies.

The NPC is comprised of nurse representatives from all areas where nursing care is practiced, including inpatient units, ambulatory settings, and family clinics. There are members from across the campus in a variety of roles. Most members are self-nominated because of their interest in helping Nurses through North Country Hospital.

The purpose of the Nursing Practice Council is to:

  • Empower and inspire nurses to establish parameters of nursing practice.
  • Encourage and inspire nurses as a collaborative body
  • Implement improvements to ensure high nursing standards
  • Deliver quality care
  • Review and revise policies, procedures and standards of care.
  • Incorporate evidence-based research findings into clinical practice.
  • Consult on interdepartmental issues that impact patient care.
  • Support peer review and quality improvement.
  • Provide a forum to exchange ideas, news and find solutions to workplace challenges.
  • Recognize achievements in nursing practice.


NCH practice council model

Have Questions? Feel free to contact NPC people listed below:
Katrina Bennett/Co-chair –
Rebecca Clarke/Co-chair –
Denise Carter/Chief Nursing Officer –
Kathy LaFratta/Executive Assistant –

Nursing Strategic Plan