Objectives, Benefits & Standards

Professional Practice Model

A Model of Care That:

  • Supports the practice of nursing in achieving excellence
  • Utilizes the nursing process to achieve patient focused goals

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Embodies the values of:

  • Collaboration
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Educational Development
  • Plan of Care
  • Research Based Practice
  • Multidisciplinary Teams

Professional Practice Model Objectives

• Nursing Care is planned, implemented and evaluated by the Professional Registered Nurse
• Nursing practice at Mercy Medical Center will be evidence-based.
• To become a national leader in evidence-based practice, and we will encourage our nursing staff to question, practice, think critically, and base decisions on data and the current best evidence.
• The Department of Nursing will encourage innovative nursing practice.
• Staff members may participate in research and in the development and evaluation of new technology
• Mercy Medical Center nurses work closely with physicians and with staff in all departments, and are valued for their clinical expertise and care coordination


  • More useful information about your patient
  • Work will not have so much redundancy and lack of organization Know and drive the plan of care for the day
  • Sequencing and pacing of activity can be modified based on data Every shift makes a difference in the patient’s outcome
  • Sense of pride of accomplishment
  • Good feelings about your nursing practice
  • Work may become more enjoyable – that is up to you!

Standards of Practice

Standards of practice exist to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained regardless of the number of professionals providing care, or the experience of those professionals. Historically, standards of practice have consisted of a formal, chronologically detailed description of a particular practice or procedure along with a rationale supporting the activity.

In a professional practice model, standards of practice have supported the “learner” or novice/advanced-beginner. For a provider lacking mastery, standards of practice provide a safe structure by which to practice as they spell out what to do in situations where the provider has no prior experience by breaking down the activity into elements and providing pertinent rules. They act as an essential teaching guide.

It is very important to understand that while serving the essential role of guiding the novice, standards of practice also guide the behavior of more experienced professionals. Standards of practice are the conduits of the institution’s culture of care, and therefore, the very essence of that care. By serving as a teaching tool, they establish a level of expectation about care-delivery within an organization.

Universal adherence to standards of practice also provides an added measure of safety by extending the knowledge of clinical expertise when real experts may not be available. With the guidance of practice standards, clinicians can step into situations and perform effectively even when more experienced providers are not present.

It is important to note that standards of practice are geared toward the “typical” situation, and are not intended to supersede the individual, specific needs of the patient at any given time. Professional Nurses face many complex situations every day. Understanding the unique clinical needs of each situation and the latitude in applying standards is imperative to providing effective, high-quality care. Strictly adhering to standards does not, in and of itself, constitute best care. It is up to the individual professional to recognize and interpret situations, and to know what standards of practice apply and in what ways they apply. The integration of clinical knowledge and standards of practice reflects a more proficient, or expert, professional.