Professional Practice Model – Philosophy of Nursing Excellence

To support the mission, vision, and values of the organization by reflecting a positive image of
North Country Hospital through the Nursing Professional Practice Model

Evidence-Based Practice

Use critical thinking skills to make evidenced-based decisions in patient care in collaboration with the healthcare team.

This is made possible through:

  • Certifications
  • Consistency in practices throughout the hospital
  • Evidence-based procedures

Professional Development Practice

Seek continuous improvement and professional development. This is made possible through:

  • Decision making within my nursing scope of practice and legal/ethical framework
  • Delegate to others responsibilities that are appropriate to licensure, education and experience
  • Demonstrate pride and promotion of professional nursing as an honored and valuable career
  • Support the future of nursing by being a mentor and having strong leadership qualities
  • Utilize direct and constructive communication in all interactions
  • Demonstrate mutual respect and support in relationships
  • Demonstrate ethical and collaborative conduct
  • Share and continue to pursue knowledge through certifications,
  • Clinical Ladder, CEU’s, CE Center, RN to BSN, MSN, committee involvement, cross-training

Professional Development – cont’d

Serve as a role model for peers, students and new employees

Innovative Technology

  • Continuously improving EMR usage
  • Imaging
  • Single sign-on capabilities

Shared Decision Making

  • Collaborate with the physician in a relationship based on mutual respect, trust and open communication for quality patient care
  • Unit councils
  • Nurse Practice Council
  • Huddles
  • Performance improvement boards
  • Clinical Ladder

Commitment to Quality

Achieve the goal of optimal quality patient care through respectful and collaborative interdisciplinary teamwork. This is made possible through:

  • Rapid Improvement Events – Lean
  • Quality Improvement Committee
  • Strategic Quality Support System
  • Standard work
  • Nursing dashboard
  • Benchmarking

Patient and Family –Centered Care

  • Coordinate and provide holistic care based on the patient’s language, culture and other individual needs
  • Respect the patient’s right to participate in and direct decisions regarding their healthcare
  • Act as advocate for patient rights and responsibilities
  • Maintain a culture of patient safety
  • Care continuum
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient and family education for self-care and independence
  • Outreach to the community