Professional Practice Model and Care Delivery System

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The Penn State Hershey Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) is Nursing Excellence through Empowerment. This theme has been in use since the advent of our Magnet journey; and incorporates nursing practice within Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Hershey Medical Group. Nursing Excellence through Empowerment is supported by the organization's missions and values. The PPM is a pyramid shape, with a wide, solid base providing a firm stable structure. The pyramid shape in ancient history signified endurance. The PPM has multiple building blocks that represent the complexity of the health care environment. The Care Delivery System (CDS), known as the Collaborative Care Transition System, is at the pinnacle of the PPM. Collaborating across disciplines is what we as nurses do every day; and describes nursing care and interventions in both inpatient and outpatient care.

The four missions of the organization (Clinical, Academic, Research, and Community) are why we exist as a health care organization. The pyramid contains and depicts our organizational values. The values are how we perform our work and are shared by all employees at Penn State Hershey. As a Department of Nursing, we embrace the organizational values:

Respect – for everyone

Trust – honesty and integrity in everything we do

Teamwork – in resource allocation, responsibilities, rewards, and governance

Compassion - for everyone

Diversity – of our workforce, patients, students, and leaders

Excellence – the constant pursuit in everything we do