The organization of patient care in many acute care institutions lacks a foundation in nursing theory, yet preliminary evidence of the value of professional nursing care is increasing. The process and preliminary benefits of organizing patient care according to a professional practice model are presented using a collaborative partnership between an acute care organization and a school of nursing. A pilot implementation plan with formative and summative evaluation provided preliminary evidence used in project expansion.
Authors' Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Duffy), School of Nursing, The Catholic University, Washington, District of Columbia; Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive (Ms Baldwin), Patient Care Services, Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland; Assistant Professor (Ms Mastorovich), School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia.
Corresponding author: Dr Duffy, School of Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Portions of this project were supported by a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration #D66HPO5242-01-00.