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Nursing Professional Practice

Harris Health System Nursing’s mission, vision, values and philosophy form the foundation for Nursing's strategic plan. These guiding statements are used as the touchstone for strategy development, implementation plans and evaluation criteria.

Mission: Nursing provides high quality health and healing services to Harris County residents.

Vision: Nursing will be recognized locally and nationally for excellence in professional practice and patient care.

Values: Nursing believes that every individual (patient, family, and staff) has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We value reaching our highest potential through:

• Integrity
• Inquiry
• Innovation
• Partnerships
• Lifelong Learning

Theoretical Framework
The NPPM’s theoretical framework is based on Therapeutic Capacity (Waters, 1997).  The premise of this framework is that nursing demonstrates three practice dimensions: clinical care provision, relational dynamics, and healing connections. The assumption is that the Therapeutic Capacity of individual nurses and nursing as an organizational entity depend on the efficacy of practice within each of these dimensions. To achieve optimal patient/family outcomes, nurses must exhibit therapeutic capacity in each of these dimensions.

Research and Evidence-based Practice
Advancement of nursing practice and achievement of optimal patient outcomes result from the generation of new knowledge and the application of evidence and best practice recommendations honed through research and its translation to practice. Harris Health nurses perform clinical inquiry through a variety of activities. Leaders and clinicians have received education regarding the differences between the three types of clinician inquiry: quality improvement, evidence-based practice and research. 

Led by a PhD-prepared nurse researcher, our nurses, have used the evidence-based practice process in completing research projects resulting in numerous podium and poster presentation at state regional, national, and international forums.