Professional Practice Model

A graphic showing the elements of the D-H Nursing Professional Practice Model

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Nursing's professional practice model was created for DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics nurses by DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics nurses.

Over a two-year period, our Nursing Practice Governance Councils gathered feedback and input from DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics nurses by asking them to define and describe their professional practice. The common themes and characteristics that emerged from this feedback provided the foundation for our professional practice model.

Our professional practice model depicts how we practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally to provide the highest quality care to our patients, families and communities. Our professional practice model illustrates the alignment and integration of nursing practice with nursing's mission, vision and values.

Nursing's mission: Advancing the art and science of caring.

Nursing's vision: We achieve nursing excellence through mentorship, research, education, evidence-based practice and community partnerships, providing each person the best care, in the right place, at the right time, every time.

Nursing's values encircle our mission:

  • Advocacy
  • Compassion
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Pride
  • Professionalism
  • Resilience

Our values align with the nursing theorists we have adopted: