Professional nursing practice at Lourdes is based on the art and science of nursing, theory, research, and life long learning. Professional nurses are autonomous. Our nursing care delivery systems are relationship-based. Relationship-based care incorporates collaboration among all members of the health care team including the patient and family, effective communication, and shared leadership.
Professional practice also includes participation in quality improvement activities to promote outstanding patient care. Nursing care is based on the best evidence available, including evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and nursing research.
Evidence-based nursing practice at Lourdes is grounded in critical thinking. Annual performance evaluation is based on Benner's model "Novice to Expert," the American Nurses' Association (ANA) "Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice," the ANA "Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice," and our Nursing Professional Practice Model.
All nurses are encouraged to obtain board certification in their practice area and over one-third already have achieved this recognition.