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.
Skilled Communication • True Collaboration • Effective Decision Making
Appropriate Staffing • Meaningful Recognition • Authentic Leadership
(American Nurse Association, 2010)
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.