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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2016, Article ID 8783594, 12 pages
Research Article

From Blank Canvas to Masterwork: Creating a Professional Practice Model at a Magnet Hospital

1Nursing Department, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, USA
2Department of Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice, Rochester Regional Health, Rochester, NY, USA
3Rochester, NY, USA
4Department of Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY, USA
5Department of Clinical Education, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY, USA

Received 18 April 2016; Revised 16 October 2016; Accepted 2 November 2016

Academic Editor: Florence Luhanga

Copyright © 2016 Lynda J. Dimitroff et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The purpose of this study was to engage registered nurses (RNs) in the creation of a Professional Practice Model (PPM). Background. PPMs are essential as the philosophical underpinnings for nursing practice. The study institution created a new PPM utilizing the voice of their RNs. Methods. Qualitative inquiry with focus groups was conducted to explore RNs values and beliefs about their professional practice. Constant-comparative analysis was used to code data and identify domains. Results. The 92 RN participants represented diverse roles and practice settings. The four domains identified were caring, knowing, navigating, and leading. Conclusions. Nurse leaders face the challenge of assisting nurses in articulating their practice using a common voice. In this study, nurses described their identity, their roles, and how they envisioned nursing should be practiced. The results align with the ANCC Magnet® Model, ANA standards, and important foundational and organization specific documents.