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Professional Practice Model

Excela Health

Nursing at Excela Health is grounded in our Professional Practice Model (PPM), which is built on concepts pulled from multiple theories and frameworks: Theory of Human Caring (Jean Watson), Relationship-Based Care (Mary Koloroutis), Novice to Expert Theory (Patricia Benner), and The Caring Model (Kristen Swanson). The graphic representation of a tree guides our nurses as they provide quality care to patients and their families, collaborate with interprofessional teams, and contribute to the profession of nursing. Each part of the tree represents the essential components of nursing practice at Excela Health.

The base of the model is built on the element of the Excela Health Logo. The base supports patient experience and professional engagement, the principles imperative to our nursing practice. The mission of Excela Health nursing—“Delivering on the Excela promise to improve the health and well-being of every life we touch by providing exceptional patient centered nursing CARE.”

The trunk represents the Excela Health nursing logo: CARE.

The first branch represents our guiding principles as signified by the surrounding leaves: compassion, accountability, respect and excellence. These guiding principles represent what we hold close to our heart.

Compassion - We act with empathy, kindness and concern toward others.

Accountability - We are committed to partnering with our colleagues in embracing the Excela Health values of putting patients first, having a passion for quality, working as a team, acting with the highest levels of integrity and honesty, and being good stewards of financial and community resources.

Respect - We treat patients, families, and colleagues with dignity and sensitivity, while valuing their differences.

Excellence - We hold ourselves to the highest standards of nursing practices through leadership, exemplary nursing care, autonomy and interprofessional collaboration.

The second branch represents our professional practice signified by the surrounding leaves: collaborative practice, innovation, interprofessional competencies, relationship-based care and community involvement that are the foundation of practice for Excela Health nurses.

Collaborative practice - We foster an environment in which all professional health care disciplines can work together to meet the goals of the patient, patient care departments, division leadership, and the organization. Key to collaborative relationships is the collegiality among nurses, physicians, leadership, ancillary patient care staff, and the entire health care team. Through our structure and processes, we are able to continually improve nursing outcomes and strengthen the interprofessional collaboration within the organization. Nurses play a collaborative and collegial role both in hospital operations and the delivery of patient care.

Innovation – We value innovation by seeking new and better ways to provide care that progressively transforms nursing. Through our innovative ideas, practice, and technology, Excela continues to lead the way.

Interprofessional competencies – We apply Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) core competencies that stem from the five Institute of Medicine’s competencies. Excela nurses: provide patient-centered care, implement quality improvement, employ evidence-based practice, utilize Informatics, and work in interprofessional teams.

Relationship-based care – We focus on what matters most: the human connection; through the caring relationships with patients, families, self, and colleagues.

Community involvement – We are committed to make a positive contribution to the overall health of our communities.
The center between the two branches represents how Excela Health nurses apply their critical thinking and expertise through utilizing evidenced-based practice/research, professional development, shared governance, leadership and advocacy.

Evidence-based practice/research – We implement evidence-based practice through a culture of shared decision making. A spirit of inquiry is fostered and necessary resources are accessible to enable nurses to utilize, conduct and disseminate nursing evidence-based research findings.

Professional development - We promote professional learning opportunities designed to develop the knowledge, skills and relationships of our nursing staff. We are committed to support and encourage professional and personal development through opportunities such as:

Shared governance - We provide clinical professional nurses a voice in decision-making that creates a positive impact on the quality of patient and family care. Shared leadership is actualized through a formalized structure of councils, committees, and work groups. Clinical professional nurses have the ability to facilitate recommendations and make decisions that pertain to clinical care, quality improvement, and professional nursing practice. Excela Health’s clinical professional nurses assume full responsibility for nursing practice while participating in strong collegial relationships with other disciplines in the planning and delivery of patient care.

Leadership - We empower nurses to be professional, competent leaders in health care. Through a variety of educational and advocacy activities, our work increases the leadership capacity of nurses to advance health and lead change.

Advocacy – We collaborate with other health care team members as an advocate for each patient. Working with other members of the team, we ensure that standards of care are maintained and quality outcomes are achieved.


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