Stanford's leadership in the new era provides unprecedented professional opportunities for nurses.
Whether at the bedside or in outpatient settings throughout the growing Stanford network of care, nurses have a critical role to play in achieving our transformational vision.
To Care. To Educate. To Discover.
Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time.
"Nursing Excellence Requires a Caring HEART”
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Nurses are encouraged and supported to develop professionally. SHC has a mentored new graduate nurse program patterned on the UHC model and we have a shared leadership council focused on augmenting professional growth and development.
Furthermore, we maintain strong academic partnerships, are involved in community outreach programs, and we have a clinical ladder program which challenges nurses to strive to continually advance their professional nursing practice.
Additionally, nurses are supported throughout their careers via our dynamic mentorship program, Friends of Nursing (FON) grants and scholarships, monthly Nursing Grand Rounds (NGR) for both inpatient and ambulatory care, the Leadership and Management Academy (LAMA), and a multitude of support systems and opportunities for professional growth and development.
Nurses are even encouraged to join Sigma Theta Tau’s first ever practice-only chapter through Stanford!
Professional Nursing Role
As professionals, nurses are empowered leaders and clinicians who facilitate the transfer of knowledge on behalf of the patient.
The nursing role at SHC is firmly entrenched in the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Model, consisting of the pillars of:
- Transformational leadership
- Structural empowerment
- Exemplary professional practice
- New knowledge and innovations
- Empirical outcomes
These evidence-based components drive nursing care, innovations, and quality improvement initiatives. At SHC, nurses are encouraged to assume a spirit of inquiry, sparking innovations and evidence-based advancements across the organization.
Care Delivery & Clinical Practice
Our care delivery system is patient-centered, integrated with up-to-date science and research, and is aligned with Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring.
As evidenced by our Professional Practice Model (PPM), nurses create caring interactions with patients, families, communities and populations whose health is dependent on the unity of the mind, body and soul.
Jean Watson’s Caring Science lays the foundation for nurses to holistically approach, connect with, and heal our patients, families, and community.
SHC uses the Councilor model of shared governance that encourages shared decision-making and nursing autonomy across all care settings. There is a central Coordinating Council, Specialty and Functional Councils and Unit-based Councils with representation from all areas of nursing practice. Additionally, in 2019, SHC’s shared leadership platform was launched for Ambulatory Care.
The interprofessional SLC team members seek to empower frontline clinicians and leaders alike, driving the organization closer to its vision, mission, and strategic goals.
The SHC environment and culture is characterized as a healthy work culture with collaborative interdisciplinary relationships in an academic setting and is focused on compassion, safety and justice.
Nurses are integral interprofessional team members who are encouraged to use their strong voice to ensure patient-centered care.
Education & Research
Excellence in patient care is supported through ongoing educational programs and services with strong links to nursing academic community resources. The educational foundation of nursing practice is based on concepts of adult learning theory and the Dreyfus Model of skill acquisition adapted to nursing by Patricia Benner.
The discovery of new knowledge via research is strongly supported and guided by SLC’s Research Council and the Office of Research Patient Care Services (ORPCS). The integration of cutting-edge new knowledge and innovations into practice are guided by our robust clinical research programs and evidence-based practice (EBP) endeavors that integrate nursing EBP models with proven performance improvement strategies.
People are at the very center and core of our model.
Individuals as patients or in groups as families and communities are our primary focus and reason for being. Providing patient-centric care is the very nucleus and heart of what we do at SHC.
We also care for ourselves and colleagues as we honor and respect all our loving and caring relationships, keeping in mind the values of our caring HEART- Honesty, Excellence and Education, Advocacy, Respect, and Teamwork.