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Nursing Professional Practice Model

Nurses Jaclyn Rakauskas and Amanda Sullivan meeting in the hallway of Tufts Medical Center's surgical unit and reviewing information on a computer.

S.L.I.P. (Scholarship, Leadership, Innovation & Practice)

A shared vision

Nursing at Tufts Medical Center is a partner and leader within healthcare. We are committed to creating an environment of healing, comforting, and learning with a goal of prevention of disease and promotion of health. We value the patient and family–clinician relationship and we establish interprofessional relationships with colleagues and with the organization.

We embrace the art and science of human caring acknowledging individuality for every patient and family, their preferences, beliefs, values and practic-es. We incorporate personal, social and cultural beliefs into the plan of care through cultural congruent behaviors, practices and attitudes.

As nurses, we foster a community of mutual respect and trust that ensures care is delivered using the standards and ethical principles set forth by the profession of nursing. We acknowledge the obligation to society and view each person’s needs holistically for mind, body and spirit. By partnering with patients and families we serve as advocates and teachers. This partnership focuses on promoting care and fostering health that is based on open and flexible relationships and facilitates patient and family autonomy. We strive to ensure patients and families fully understand their plans of care and work to strengthen their self-resiliency, coping and adaptation for heath.

As a profession, we commit to excellence in our practice through the use of evidence-based science and research. We are vigilant in creating, safe-guarding, monitoring and evaluating care delivery systems that are based upon the science of reliability in safety. We develop improvements in care through pursuit of innovations and embrace inquiry and discovery that develop the professional standards of practice and optimize the impact of nursing on health outcomes for patients and families.

Our theoretical practice framework

Relationship-based care: Watson’s caring theory
Empowering ourselves as health professionals around three key relationships:

  • The relationship between caregivers and the patients and families they serve;
  • The caregiver’s relationship with self;
  • The relationship among members of the health care team.

Leninger’s transcultural care theory
Engaging within culturally congruent care together that embraces the values beliefs, and practices of patients and families.

Neuman’s systems theory
Encouraging patient and family involvement in self management of healthcare through holis-tic primary, secondary and tertiary interventions that factor in the wellness-illness continu-um and internal or external stressors.

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