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Professional Practice Model

Frederick Health Nursing Vision

Superb Quality. Superb Service. All the Time.

Frederick Health Nursing Philosophy

We believe the clinical practice of nursing is built on a scientific base. As an essential component of the interprofessional team, nursing is committed to an environment that fosters evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and adoption of innovations that bolster quality care and therefore enhance patient outcomes

We believe nursing has the responsibility to educate ourselves and others. We believe in the importance of expanding our knowledge and expertise as well as sharing this growing body of knowledge with our diverse community.

We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes respect, diversity, positive communication, and collaboration among all members of the patient/family/healthcare team.

We are committed to excellence in nursing by creating a culture of inquiry and lifelong learning that integrates evidence-based practice, research, and professional development.

We believe the gifts of hope, confidence, and safety that our nurses offer patients and families can only come from a workforce that feels hopeful, confident, and safe. Joy in work is an essential resource for the practice of nursing.

Frederick Health Nursing Motto

Committed to Excellence

The Frederick Health Professional Practice Model (PPM) is based on multiple components that, when combined, guides professional nursing practice at Frederick Health.

The PPM serves as a framework and representation of the professional care provided by the nurse to achieve the highest quality outcomes for the patient/family, and the work environment. It reflects how nurses practice, collaborate, communicate, and develop professionally to provide the highest-quality care.

Professional Practice Models include five main components:

  • Professional values
  • Professional relationships
  • Patient care delivery model
  • Management or governance approach
  • Recognition and rewards

The professional values addressed by the model are nurse autonomy, responsibility, accountability, professional development, and emphasis on high-quality care.

The Frederick Health Professional Practice Model consists of the following components:

  • Core Values: Professionalism, ANA code of Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, Honesty and Integrity, and Safety
  • Standards of Behavior: Team STEPPS, Communication, Confidentiality/Privacy, Ownership/Stewardship, and “RESPECT”
  • Shared Governance: Nursing Councils, Transformational Leaders, Interprofessional Committees, Open Communication, and Empowerment
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Culture of Inquiry, Practice Questions Raised, Evidence Reviewed/Evaluated, Translation/Implementation, and Outcomes/Evaluation
  • Quality Outcomes: Core Measures, RN Satisfaction, Patient Satisfaction, Nurse Sensitive Indicators, Community Outreach
  • Recognition and Lifelong Learning: Meaningful Recognition, Nurse Residency, Specialty Certification, Tuition Reimbursement and Scholarships, Clinical Ladder

At the center of the Professional Practice Model is Frederick Health's care delivery model: “Patient-Family Centered Care” (PFCC).

The value of a care delivery model is determined by the outcomes to be achieved. The Institute for Family-Centered Care defines patient-and-family-centered care as “an innovative approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among healthcare patients, families, and providers.” The core concepts of PFCC include:

  • Respect and dignity: Health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.
  • Information Sharing: Health care practitioners communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete, and accurate information in order to effectively participate in care and decision-making.
  • Participation: Patients and families are encouraged and supported in participating in care and decision-making at the level they choose.
  • Collaboration: Patients and families are also included on an institution-wide basis. Health care leaders collaborate with patients and families in policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation; in health care facility design; and in professional education, as well as in the delivery of care.

The second circle around the Care Delivery Model represents the components of the Magnet Model, as authored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Frederick Health utilizes the Magnet model as a structure for ensuring exceptional and professional nursing practice to achieve superior outcomes. The model includes:

  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Empirical Outcomes
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements