Nursing Professional Practice Model

OnSomble Client Spotlight – Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has taken the ANA Nursing Scope and Standards, along with examining their Patient Safety Incidents and patient outcomes, and used Onsomble’s professional practice model to create their own OSHU Nursing Professional Practice Model. From 2017-2019, clinical RNs reviewed, reimagined, and updated the model and have created Rubrics (Level 1, 2, and 3) to include behaviors that are more relatable to nurses’ everyday practice. Nurses at OHSU compare their practice to these rubrics at least once a year (called GROW PLUS), to determine strengths and potential gaps in their practice and create meaningful goals to facilitate life-long learning and growth.

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Meet some OHSU RNs and read their thoughts on being a nurse, reflecting against standards, and our GROW PLUS process

“It’s nice not to have to think in professional jargon, things are easier to understand {with the RN Role Rubric}. I have a much easier time coming up with examples {of my actions relating to the professional practice model} with the current language, than I ever did with the previous lofty language… I felt like I actually was able to reflect well on my practice and focus on some points that I need to work on in my practice”
– Fiona Thornhill, RN, 9K

“I felt like {the RN Role Rubric} was not only a great way to focus my thoughts but, it also really helped remind me what my expectations as a nurse are. I find that as we practice longer, we get comfortable with our personality in nursing and who we are at the hospital. This rubric really helped with focusing on our real expectations, which are bigger than daily job expectations, and can remind people what true professionalism looks like, as well as respects the barriers {some nurses may face} while keeping one on-track. I really like it and appreciate it.”
– Destiny Covington, RN, Poison Center

“As we know, nurses have a hard time talking about ourselves, our goals, and what we do well. We are so eager to criticize ourselves… This format, the GOALS section, was really helpful to keep the topic on track. I have had difficulty in the past with sections that ask us to talk ourselves ‘up’. Nurses aren’t typically good at that. Speaking in terms of our goals and where we might be in that process, is MUCH easier.”
– Amber Webb, Home Infusion Pharmacy

“A professional, as well as pertaining to the role of being a professional nurse, is not about what to do or what needs to be done but rather it’s an integrative way of being. It’s about embodying the role and adhering to the standards of practice that govern that role. A professional has the obligation of being a decision maker and wanting to be do their professional best in order to make a difference in the lives of others. Lastly, it’s about reflecting and seeing personal areas for growth and being motivated to seek opportunities to learn and improve so that you can be better at what you are and what you do.”
– Kaitlyn Riplinger, RN, 11K/7C

“I’ve been a nurse for over 15 years, and {the RN Role Rubric} is finally helping me understand how my everyday practice is found in the professional practice model”
– Peds OR RN


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Oregon Health and Science University is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all Oregonians through excellence, innovation and leadership in health care, education and research.

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OnSomble provides hospitals and healthcare organizations with customizable adaptive learning solutions for professional development, continued education, and individualized learning. OnSombles solutions empower organizations to efficiently allocate evidence-based content and education resources and utilize key metrics and data analytics. The solutions are designed to pinpoint development opportunities, identify internal leaders, empower growth from within, provide built-in peer feedback capabilities, measure key demographic and certification data, and create individual self-development dashboards that support employee engagement and reduce variation in practice, optimizing patient outcomes.

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