Magnet® Matters: What is a Professional Practice Model?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This is the third in a series of articles to educate faculty and staff about what it means to be a Magnet® hospital. WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals has been named a Magnet® hospital three times. It became the first and only West Virginia hospital to achieve such recognition in 2005, and was re-designated in 2009 and 2015. The hospital, which remains the state's only Magnet® hospital, is up for re-designation this year. Contact Magnet® Program Director Lya M. Stroupe with questions.

To be selected for Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), hospitals must have a proven track record of excellence in nursing services. In short, they are the country’s elite hospitals.

So what is a Professional Practice Model?

A Professional Practice Model is a description of the beliefs and values used to consistently demonstrate professional nursing practice within an organization. The model guides and describes how we practice. It allows for consistent care regardless of where it takes place within the organization. Following the model, we minimize practice variations and keep the patient and family at the center of our practice.

At WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals, our Professional Practice Model guides us to deliver care to achieve excellent outcomes, using consistent professional nursing values and expectations, grounded in caring practices.

Here's why Magnet® matters:

M – Milieu
Providing an environment that supports and respects patients’ needs, beliefs, and values

A – Advancement
Encouraging continuing education, and professional advancement and opportunities

T – Theory
Following the Quality Caring Model®, Code of Ethics, and Scope and Standards of Practice in Nursing

T – Teamwork
Ensuring nursing is part of an interdisciplinary team in the patient care delivery system

E – EBP/Research
Advancing nursing practice through innovation, discovery, evidence,and research

R  – Resources
Advocating for resources through a shared governance structure


Other articles in the Magnet® Matters series:

What is the Magnet® Model?

What is a Magnet® hospital?