Our care delivery system is patient-centered and driven by Watson’s theory of caring integrated with science. Nurses create caring interactions with patients, families, communities and populations whose health is dependent on the unity of the mind, body and soul.
Professional Nursing Role
As professionals, nurses are evidence-based leaders and clinicians who facilitate the transfer of knowledge on behalf of the patient. The O’Rourke Model of the Professional RoleTM serves as our framework for professional nursing role expectations through all practice levels in the organization. Also, the O’Rourke Professional Role 9-step Decision-making processTM is used by nurses to guide self-directed decision-making authority. Relationship of O’Rourke and Watson Models: The O’Rourke modes and tools guide our approach to professional nursing, the content and process of our work, while the Watson model frames our approach to our patients and families.
Nurses are encouraged and supported to develop professionally via the O’Rourke Professional Role Development Program. There is a mentored new graduate program patterned on the UHC model and we have a shared governance council focused on professional development, strong academic partnerships and a clinical ladder program.
SHC uses the Councilor model of shared governance that exhibits 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.
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.
Education & Research
Excellence in patient care is supported through ongoing education 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 Benner. The discovery of new knowledge via research is strongly supported and guided by the Research Council. The integration of new knowledge and innovations into practice are guided by our evidenced based practice programs that integrate nursing EBP models with proven PI strategies.
People are at the center core of our model. Individuals as patients or in groups as families and communities are our primary focus and reason for being. We also care for ourselves and colleagues as we honor and respect all our relationships.
The concepts reflected in the ovals and connected via dotted lines are the core components of the Nursing Professional Practice Model that support our standards of excellence in patient care. The planet in the background represents the reach of Stanford Nursing. We understand that all our actions influence all levels of the community and we are connected locally, regionally, and internationally.
Finally, our mission statement across the top, and values at the bottom, hold all the components in a strong yet caring embrace.
For the benefit of our patients and the larger community, the mission of Stanford Hospital and Clinics is to Care for the patient, each other and about everything we do; to Educate patients and families, other customers; and advance our own knowledge; to Discover new treatments and technologies and discover new ways of improving care.