HUP's Nursing Philosophy
Nurses at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania (HUP) are committed to providing patients and their families with
safe, high quality, individualized, evidence-based, and fiscally responsible
nursing care. Our philosophy is driven by the pursuit of achieving excellence
in the delivery of care and is influenced by education, experience, and
We believe that nursing care is focused on the needs of
patients and families. HUP professional nurses practice autonomously under an
Integrated Primary Nursing care delivery model. The model is Patient and family
focused, Evidenced based, Accountable, Coordinated, and Continuous (PEACC). The
nurse-patient/family relationship established by the primary nurse, in
partnership with the interdisciplinary team, serves as a foundation for
providing a holistic approach to treating the patient/family throughout the
care continuum and across the life span. We believe that patients and families,
and the nurses who provide patient/family care have rights and
responsibilities. Nurses at HUP assure many of the elements in the Patient's Bill of Rights and are guided by the ANA
Code of Ethics.
We believe that compliance with standards of care, set by
nationally recognized professional organizations, contribute
to our objective of continually improving the quality of patient/family care.
We monitor nursing sensitive indicators and benchmark our performance through
participation in numerous national data bases which include the ANA National Database of Nursing Quality
Indicators. We also recognize that the measurement of patient satisfaction
is an important tool for monitoring the patient experience in an effort to
improve the care we provide.
We embrace our HUP Nursing
Excellence in Professional Practice Model, which incorporates a Shared Governance structure.
Through formally established councils, professional nurses have the ability to
facilitate recommendations and make decisions that pertain to nursing practice
and quality; and, in so doing, professional nurses assume full accountability
for their practice. We recognize it is the responsibility of nurse leaders and
clinical nurses to collaborate in an effort to create and sustain healthy and
respectful work environments. We support the individual's right to express
differing views through appropriate means and we encourage and support
intellectual debate and discourse. We believe that communication should flow
bi-directionally and the information and knowledge of unit, departmental and
corporate affairs must be exchanged throughout the organization.
We believe that by working collaboratively with partners of
other disciplines and departments, the Department of Nursing supports HUP in
maintaining its reputation as a world class patient care organization, a center
of excellence and an employer of choice. Finally, we believe, as an academic
health center, we have a shared mission of advancing knowledge and improving
patient care through translational and innovative research, ever changing
technology, and lifelong learning for nurses and the other members of the
health care team.