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Using the Quality-Caring Model to Organize Patient Care Delivery

Duffy, Joanne R. PhD, RN, FAAN; Baldwin, Jennifer MPA, RN, BSN, CNAA; Mastorovich, Mary Jane MS, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2007 - Volume 37 - Issue 12 - p 546-551
doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000302382.45625.66

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 (

Portions of this project were supported by a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration #D66HPO5242-01-00.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.