Stanford's leadership in the new era provides unprecedented professional opportunities for nurses.
Whether at the bedside or in outpatient settings throughout the growing Stanford network of care, nurses have a critical role to play in achieving our transformational vision.
To Care. To Educate. To Discover.
Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time.
"Nursing Excellence Requires a Caring HEART”
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Nurses are encouraged and supported to develop professionally via the O’Rourke Professional Role Development Program. There is a mentored new graduate program patterned on the UHC model and we have a shared governance council focused on professional development, strong academic partnerships and a clinical ladder program.
Professional Nursing Role
As professionals, nurses are evidence-based leaders and clinicians who facilitate the transfer of knowledge on behalf of the patient. The O’Rourke Model of the Professional RoleTM serves as our framework for professional nursing role expectations through all practice levels in the organization. Also, the O’Rourke Professional Role 9-step Decision-making processTM is used by nurses to guide self-directed decision-making authority. Relationship of O’Rourke and Watson Models: The O’Rourke modes and tools guide our approach to professional nursing, the content and process of our work, while the Watson model frames our approach to our patients and families.
Care Delivery & Clinical Practice
Our care delivery system is patient-centered and driven by Watson’s theory of caring integrated with science. Nurses create caring interactions with patients, families, communities and populations whose health is dependent on the unity of the mind, body and soul.
SHC uses the Councilor model of shared governance that exhibits shared decision-making and nursing autonomy across all care settings. There is a central Coordinating Council, Specialty and Functional Councils and Unit-based Councils with representation from all areas of nursing practice.
The SHC environment and culture is characterized as a healthy work culture with collaborative interdisciplinary relationships in an academic setting and is focused on compassion, safety and justice.
Education & Research
Excellence in patient care is supported through ongoing education programs and services with strong links to nursing academic community resources. The educational foundation of nursing practice is based on concepts of adult learning theory and the Dreyfus Model of skill acquisition adapted to nursing by Benner. The discovery of new knowledge via research is strongly supported and guided by the Research Council. The integration of new knowledge and innovations into practice are guided by our evidenced based practice programs that integrate nursing EBP models with proven PI strategies.
People are at the center core of our model. Individuals as patients or in groups as families and communities are our primary focus and reason for being. We also care for ourselves and colleagues as we honor and respect all our relationships.