Our vision of nursing
Children’s Hospital nurses realize patient- and family-centered care through a practice model that incorporates shared decision making, interdisciplinary teamwork, and evidence-based practice. Our nurses are dedicated to providing excellence in pediatric nursing through quality clinical and psychosocial care, education, and research. This vision is achieved through collaboration with all members of the health care team, including patients, families, and the community.
Core beliefs and values
Patient- and family-centered care is vital to positive outcomes. It is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families.
Patient and family education through engagement is necessary for success in all health care encounters. Fears and misconceptions in children and youth can be minimized by providing age appropriate education. Similarly, families are better able to make decisions regarding their child’s health, and partner with the team if they have accurate and timely information provided in ways they understand.
Collaboration is fundamental for quality care. In addition to collaborating with their health care teams in the delivery of care, patients and families are also included on a system-wide basis. Health care leaders collaborate with patients and families in policy and program development, in health care facility design and in professional education.
Dignity and respect is imperative in building partnerships with families. Nurses and health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.
Continuous improvement is constant. In order to provide safe, effective, efficient, timely, equitable, patient- and family-centered care, we continue to seek creative ways to improve care through evidence based practices, benchmarking and scientific inquiry.
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