Professional Practice Model

What is a Professional Practice Model?

A Professional Practice Model is a schematic that symbolizes our beliefs, values, theories, and systems for nursing practice. The Stanford Health Care (SHC) Model for Nursing Professional Practice is our unique depiction of all the key components of nursing practice at SHC. It represents nursing practice in every setting: inpatient, outpatient, perioperative, and episodic care venues.

Why is it important to have a model?

A Professional Practice Model defines the components of nursing practice in a way that brings significance to our daily work. At SHC, this Professional Practice Model unifies nursing practice throughout the system.

At SHC, the care we provide for our patients and families is guided by the following values:

Honesty: Truthful and open exchange
Excellence: Doing our best at all times
Advocacy: Acting in the best interest of the patient
Respect: Consideration and appreciation of others
Teamwork: Working together in the spirit of collaboration
Compassion: Kindness and caring for everyone

Who was involved in the development of this model?

In January 2010, about 60 nurses from across the organization were invited to a model-defining meeting. The best experience of the day was to reawaken our excitement of what it means to be a Stanford nurse. The Coordinating Council, which is comprised of the leadership of all the Shared Governance Councils, served as the approval body for the final model.