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Nursing Practice

The Professional Practice Model at Lowell General Hospital is the conceptual framework for nursing and is centered on the patient and family. Our model has evolved over the years and continues to be the driving force behind all of nursing practice. This theoretical model illustrates how nurses provide clinical practice, collaborate, communicate, use shared decision-making and develop professionally to provide superior patient care to those they serve. Our care is guided by the principles of Joanne Duffy's Quality Caring Model and is evident in the underlying philosophy of our professional practice model.

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Clinical Practice
Our day-to-day clinical practice at Lowell General Hospital is driven by evidence based practices and nursing research that promotes excellence in patient care. The registered nurse is accountable for nursing care and practices with autonomy and functions with a high level of competence.

Professional Development
Professional development at Lowell General Hospital is grounded in the "novice to expert" model of Patricia Benner. New employees are provided a hospital-wide as well as an individual orientation program, including a new grad program. We support professional development through professional organization membership and specialty certifications, clinical advancement program, professional engagement, teaching and role development.

Communication is based on respect for each other and with the principles of Joanne Duffy's Quality Caring model. It is always a two-way style. Collaboration is founded in our strong interdisciplinary structure. Councils, committees and task forces are essential to our process of collaborating in nursing and in the entire organization.

Care Delivery
Nurses at Lowell General Hospital deliver care utilizing guiding principles that are unit defined and structured from the quality caring model of Joanne Duffy. The care delivered delineates the nurses' roles and responsibilities in clinical decision-making and results in superior patient outcomes. The care delivery system has been adapted to the following regulatory considerations:
• Massachusetts Nurse Practice Act
• ANA Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice
• ANA Nurses Code of Ethics
• ANA Bill of Rights for Nurses
• ANA Principles of Delegation
• ANA Principles of Documentation
• ANA Principles of Staffing
• ANA Nursing's Social Policy Statement

Shared Governance
Shared leadership begins with the transformational leadership style of Amy Hoey, Vice President and CNO of Patient Care Services. Direct-care nurses make decisions through consensus with nurse leaders on a daily basis.

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