Nurses need care too
Medical City Lewisville is dedicated to helping our nurses be the best, which in turn enables them to provide unsurpassed care to our patients.
If you are thinking about applying, you will be interested to know that Medical City Lewisville is proud to be a part of an elite group of Magnet hospitals, and is currently on the journey to its 3rd Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for excellence in nursing care. We think that speaks volumes as to the unique environment that Medical City Lewisville has fostered for nurses to grow, learn, hone leadership skills and do what they do best – provide exceptional patient care.
Medical City Lewisville nurses are empowered
Whether you’re driven to research, expanding your education, process improvement or serving on leadership committees, Medical City Lewisville nurses are challenged with opportunities and respect for what they bring to their jobs:
- Each member of nursing services has an individual responsibility to pursue professional growth and development in order to maintain and advance knowledge, skills and competency for exemplary professional practice.
- Performance improvement activities provide necessary feedback and evaluation of services to promote improvement and innovation in patient care delivery. The actions of this process ensure the same level of care is provided to all patients with the same needs. Empirical outcomes are monitored for front line clinical decision making.
- The facility has an obligation to provide clinical educational experiences for nursing and allied health students and to collaborate with instructors to impact curriculum development and graduate quality.
- Each member of nursing services has an individual responsibility to promote service excellence with respect to our customers. Service excellence is integrated into and between all services, departments and staff in their interactions with all stakeholders.
- Nursing leaders round on patients daily.
- Nursing care is based on research (evidence) and literature.
- Nursing will take the leadership role in responding to global issues in nursing and the changing healthcare marketplace in meeting the needs of our customers.
- We have the responsibility to conserve resources and deliver care in a cost-effective manner.
- We have the responsibility to share clinical expertise, provide consultation and to mentor so we may enhance patient care.
- We have the responsibility to maintain high ethical standards and to promote the image of the professional nurse
Lectures, links and continuing education courses are just a few of the resources available to help our nurses stay well ahead of the curve.
The great 100 nurses
Medical City Lewisville is especially proud of the men and women recognized each year in “The Great 100 Nurses”, a tribute sponsored jointly by the Texas Nurses Association, the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and the North Central Organization of Nurse Executives. The award serves to recognize nurses “for their everyday heroism and excellence in care.”
At Medical City Lewisville, nurses contribute to their practice environment through shared governance. Each nursing department has a Unit Practice Council (UPC) for clinical nurses to collaborate and implement evidence-based changes into their daily nursing practice.
With their voice in UPC and through 1:1 rounding with nursing leadership, MCL nurses have advocated for key resources and equipment that have created safe patient care and improved patient outcomes.
MCL’s patient experience scores stay in the top box percentiles as a result of the compassionate care the nurse’s delivery every day. Compassionate care starts with making a personal connection with patients, creating a trusting relationship between the patient and their nurse.
Nursing services Professional Practice Model
A Professional Practice Model (PPM) for nursing can be defined as a framework that symbolizes the driving force for nursing care. According to ANCC, the schematic or picture that represents an organization’s PPM should depict how nurses collaborate, communicate, practice, and develop professionally to provide the highest standard of care for our patients. Typically, Professional Practice Models center around a theoretic framework that is evidence based.
Our nursing theoretical framework is the Caring Theory by Jean Watson. Watson’s theory emphasizes that nurses provide caring to patients through intentionality and authentic presence, optimizing the patient’s ability to heal from within. Caring attitudes regenerate life energies and potentiates capabilities. Caring effects not only the patient, but also the nurse and other members of the healthcare team. Ms. Watson theorizes that we must care for ourselves before we are able to care for others, making caring a mutually beneficial relationship.
A schematic is a simplified version, usually in a diagram or picture form, of a complex concept. A PPM schematic is a pictorial representation of an organization’s values, beliefs, theories, and process for nursing practice. Our Medical City Lewisville Shared Leadership committees revised our nursing PPM schematic. Keeping the Caring Theory as our framework, the committees incorporated our nursing strategy, mission, vision, values, and strategic imperatives, while making the patient at the center of our practice.
A Professional Practice Model (PPM) for nursing can be defined as a framework that symbolizes the driving force for nursing care. According to ANCC, the schematic or picture that represents an organization’s PPM should depict how nurses collaborate, communicate, practice, and develop professionally to provide the highest standard of care for our patients.