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Practice Model

The professional practice model at University of Miami Health System drives the nursing practice in each department and facility within the system. Our practice model describes the vital role that nurses play in providing high-quality care through research, education, and collaboration.

Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM)

Professional Practice ModelThe UHealth Nursing PPM, as depicted by an anchor and ship's wheel, is the schematic representation of the framework for patient care, nursing practice, and relationships. The anchor represents our theme "Anchor to Excellence" and it reflects a practice environment built on a foundation of shared governance.

The PPM provides a blueprint for the delivery of patient care and illustrates the alignment and integration of nursing practice with the mission, vision, philosophy and values of UHealth nursing. The elements include:
  • The patients and their families
  • Shared governance model
  • Delivery of care model
  • Professional values of caring, compassion, respect, excellence, and discovery
  • Nursing theories
  • Relationship-based nursing care delivery system
  • Pillars of excellence

The wheel has a stable center that connects to multiple spokes.

The center of the wheel represents the focus of our care: the patient and family.

The outside circle represents how care is delivered: primary care and modified primary care in some units/clinics.

The inner spokes depict our core values: respect, excellence, compassion, caring, discovery. The application of these values promotes caring, compassionate, evidenced-based patient care, enhances the professional status for nurses, improves communication between nurses and other healthcare colleagues, and guides the hospital's research and educational goals.

The bigger circle represents the nursing theories and models that provide structure for decisions and practice. These provide nurses with clarity of purpose and strengthen professional identity:

  • Madeleine Leininger - Transcultural nursing care
  • Jean Watson - Transpersonal caring
  • The collaborative care model is an evidence-based approach for integrating health services.
  • Evidence-based practice- promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable patient-reported, clinician-observed, and research-derived evidence.

The outside spokes represent the pillars of excellence:

  • People
  • Service
  • Finance
  • Quality
  • Growth