Maine Medical Center is a complete healthcare resource for the people of greater Portland, the entire state of Maine and Northern New England. Maine Medical Center is the state’s largest medical center and the flagship facility of MaineHealth, with 637 beds and more than 7,000 employees. In addition, we have achieved Magnet™ status in recognition of our commitment to the highest standards of nursing excellence. Maine Medical Center’s unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including the state’s only medical school, through a partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, and a world-class biomedical research center, the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
Professional Nursing Practice Model
Partnering to Empower

We believe that every nurse not only should provide outstanding care but also participate in the SHARED governance of our unit and hospital. We define shared governance as a partnership between staff and nursing leadership to make decisions at the unit and institutional level to ensure high quality cost effective care, staff engagement, and staff satisfaction.

Maine Medical Center’s (MMC) Department of Nursing professional practice model is based upon the work of Margaret Newman. She defines health as "expanding consciousness”, or increasing complexity throughout the human experience. The nurse’s role is to recognize the person's unique pattern of life and to work within that pattern to achieve the patient’s personal goals.

The Department of Nursing also believes in creating a respectful environment for all disciplines. Maine Medical Center adopted the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN) Standards for a Healthy Work Environment. The Standards include the following:

Skilled Communication • True Collaboration • Effective Decision Making
Appropriate Staffing • Meaningful Recognition • Authentic Leadership

Department of Nursing’s Vision
“The science of nursing is based upon an analytical framework of critical thinking known as the nursing process, comprised of assessment, diagnosis, outcomes identification – planning, implementation, and evaluation. The art of nursing is based on caring and respect for human dignity.”
(American Nurse Association, 2010)
It is our belief that nursing embraces the spirit and practice of caring for patients, families, and the community through leadership, knowledge, and compassion. We are able to achieve this through our mission.
Department of Nursing’s Mission

We create environments of care, which support patient and family needs and optimal patient outcomes.

We provide equitable and culturally competent care to all patients and their families.

We strive for excellence in health and healing for the body, mind, and spirit.

We respect, support, and collaborate with one another and with other health care team members.


We recognize we are part of a complex and evolving health care system and respond with flexibility and openness to new ideas and techniques.

We engage in and promote ongoing professional education and advancement for our colleagues and ourselves.

We play a critical role in coaching, mentoring, and retaining professional nurses in our practice setting.

We are dedicated to providing progressive care through Evidence-Based Practice.

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