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Nursing Professional Practice Model

Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM)

Nursing Diagram of Anchor and WheelImagined and developed by our nurses, the Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) represents the vital role nursing plays in providing high-quality care through research, education and collaboration. The PPM provides a blueprint for the delivery of patient care and illustrates the alignment of nursing practice to the elements essential to successful outcomes. These elements include:

  • Patients and their families
  • Shared governance
  • Delivery of care model
  • Professional values of caring, compassion, respect, excellence, and discovery
  • Nursing theories
  • Relationship-based nursing care delivery system
  • Pillars of excellence

Our model, depicted by an anchor and ship’s wheel, is a schematic representation of the framework for patient care, nursing practice and the cultivation of relationships. The anchor depicts our “Anchor to Excellence” and reflects a practice environment grounded to a foundation of shared governance. In the foreground of the anchor rests a ship’s wheel and stabilized at its center is the core of our model, the Patient and Family.

Bordering the core are the methods of care delivery; Primary Care and Modified Primary Care. Radiating from the center are five spokes. The inner portion of these spokes represent our values of Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Caring and Discovery. The application of these values enhances the professional status for nurses, improves communication between nurses and other healthcare colleagues, and guides the hospital's research and educational goals. The inner spokes connect to the outer rung of the wheel which show the nursing theories and models that give structure to our decisions and practice. 

On this outer wheel are the ideas of Culture Care, Relationship Based Care, Transpersonal Care, Evidence Based Practice and Interdisciplinary Care. Inspired by the theories of transcultural nursing by Madeleine Leninger, and transpersonal nursing by Jean Watson, these ideas provide nurses with clarity of purpose and strengthen professional identity. Lastly, on the rim of the outer wheel are five remaining spokes to portray the pillars of excellence: People, Finance, Service, Quality and Growth. These elements of the nursing strategic plan aim to keep the model of care on the pathway of best practice.