Professional Practice

Professional Practice Models (PPMs) serve as graphical depictions demonstrating how professional nurses practice, function, interact and develop professionally to provide high quality care.  Sentara’s PPM is used to describe a common foundation of nursing practice, provide clear vision for nursing care, and helps visually set nursing culture. 

The image of a Parthenon schematic, illustrates commitment to create an environment of health and healing underpinned by a culture of safety and accountability within relationship-based care, and nursing foundation unique to each division’s culture. Pillars represent nursing scope of practice. The roof reflects the nursing vision, to create an environment of health and healing.

The theoretical framework for Sentara Nursing is Relationship Based Care (RBC). RBC includes focus on caregivers’ relationship with self and other team members in addition to the caring relationship with patients and families. Specific divisions may have an additional theoretical model guiding nursing care in that setting. The Care Delivery Model (CDM) across Sentara Nursing predominantly used is modified primary nursing. Shared decision-making is part of the PPM providing a framework for decision making. Within Sentara Healthcare, shared decision making is defined as a working model of participatory decision making in which nurses make decisions about clinical practice standards, quality improvement, staff and professional development, and nursing research. System Nursing Forums and Councils guide specialty nursing practice and programs. Throughout Sentara, every nurse is a leader and structures and processes defined in the PPM support this vision.

November 2021