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
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.