Nursing within Community Health Network takes responsibility for providing high-value nursing services and enhancing the professional conduct and autonomous practice of its members. The practice of nursing is based upon philosophical tenets, values and guiding principles, which are consistent with those of the network as well as those outlined by professional nursing organizations.
Community Health Network’s plan for providing nursing care is designed to support improvement and innovation in nursing practice and is based on both the needs of the patients to be served and the network’s mission statement. Within this plan, resources are allotted for nursing staff and leadership to participate in or attend:
- Nursing and interdisciplinary committees
- Continuing education workshops and seminars
- Staff meetings where new information is communicated and discussed
- Process improvement meetings
- Safety-related training and meetings, huddles and calls
- Other mandatory education as determined
In designing and assessing nurse staffing, the network gives appropriate consideration to the utilization of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, unlicensed assistive personnel and other nursing personnel—and to the potential contribution these personnel can make to the delivery of effective, efficient and safe patient care. Consistent standards (standards of care, standards of practice, standards of performance, policies and procedures, level of care determinations, staffing guidelines and process improvement and safety plans) for the provision of nursing care within the network are used to monitor and evaluate the need for nursing care and its quality and safety. For example, a safety measure in place for acute inpatient care is increased patient surveillance through bedside report and purposeful rounding by the care team and staff.
Innovative improvement proposals are generated from staff nurses, clinical nurse specialists, educators, leadership, and other areas that collect data about nursing care processes and outcomes, all of which work together to advance the practice of nursing at Community Health Network.