Professional Practice


Our nursing and organizational initiatives support our goal: “We Put Patients First.”

In everything we do, we make patients our first priority. We strive to provide them with the highest-quality, safest and most compassionate care and service. Together, we align nursing quality and performance-improvement initiatives with the hospital's quality initiatives and service lines. Our work fosters an environment of professional engagement, which provides our nurses with the means to excel in practice, quality, safety and research.

As the largest healthcare profession in the largest and highest-ranked hospital in New York City, our achievements resonate throughout the hospital and beyond. Our high professional efficacy positively impacts our patients. Our standing strategic goals include:

  • Professional Development and Education
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Advancing Care/Professional Practice
  • Operational Excellence
  • Technological Innovations
  • Shared Governance
  • The Patient & Staff Experience

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Nursing Credentialing Services (NCS)
NCS is responsible for the credentialing and privileging of Advanced Practice Nurses (APN). This includes Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

NCS also tracks, monitors and ensures current licensure, BLS, ACLS, PALS, EFM and NRP of nursing personnel in the Department of Nursing.

Nursing Core Excellence
The Department of Nursing's Quality and Patient Safety Program is grounded in driving improvement in core excellence. Through the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) we track nursing-sensitive indicators, such as pressure ulcers, falls and hospital acquired infections. Our nurses are committed to improving patient satisfaction and value our patient's input on efforts such as care coordination, courtesy and respect, education and pain management. Our professional nurses' job satisfaction is important to us, that's why we survey our nurses for input on such items as autonomy, RN to RN interaction, access to leadership and professional development to name a few.

Research, Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and Innovation
The Department of Nursing is committed to the pursuit of inquiry through nursing-led research, EBP projects and implementation of innovative patient care strategies. Our work in this are is essential to safety, quality outcomes and cost-effective patient care.

Our Nursing Research & EBP Governing Council and campus-specific Nursing Research & EBP Committees facilitate approval and implementation of nursing research and related activities. Our councils support research utilization and organize an annual Nursing Research Symposium at each site. These initiatives help develop core competencies in research throughout our clinical nursing staff.

Shared Governance
Our vision is to be a World-Class Nursing Organization empowered by a Shared Governance body that sustains a culture of excellence. We believe Shared Governance and shared clinical decision making are achieved through partnership, accountability, equity and ownership by nurses at the point of care. We support the Principles of Shared Governance which include:

  • Accountability: which defines the work and role of the professional, clinically driven , practice based, focused on nurse sensitive outcomes, competency based, credentialing and privileging
  • Partnership: which speaks to the relationship between the stakeholders, which is critical to effectiveness; required to exercise empowerment, and involves the interdisciplinary staff in all decisions
  • Equity: strives for the best method for integrating relationships, no role is more important than another
  • Ownership: requires commitment to the work and what the individual contributes, establishes obligation to own what one decides, and that participation formulates purpose for the profession

More About The Councilor Model

Our nurses utilize the “Councilor Model” to meet our goal of shared governance. Grounded in empowerment, this method allows professional nurses the opportunity to influence the direction of patient care through active participation on committees or task forces.

Nurses collaborate in committees to achieve goals established by the Department of Nursing, as well as the organization. Nursing Leadership and nursing teams at each site ensure practice standards are consistently implemented. We’re constantly seeking feedback, refining goals and putting research to work through our committees and councils.

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