Nursing Professional Practice Model - Knowledege Structure

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

Philosophy: Nursing is committed to delivering quality, patient-centered care that is compassionate and culturally-sensitive. We promote professional nursing through:

• Individual Empowerment and Accountability
• Open Professional Communication

Theoretical Framework
The NPPM’s theoretical framework is based on Therapeutic Capacity (Waters, 1997).  The premise of this framework is that Nursing has three practice dimensions: clinical care provision, relational dynamics, and healing connections. The underlying 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
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. Harris Health System nurses perform scholarly inquiry through a variety of activities. Led by a PhD-prepared nurse researcher, our nurses, including interns, have used the evidence-based practice process in completing research projects and both podium and poster presentation at state regional, national, and international forums. 

Leaders and clinicians have received education regarding the differences between the three types of clinician inquiry: quality improvement, evidence-based practice and research. Click here for a link to the education presentation. 

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