Date of Graduation

Fall 12-18-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions



First Advisor

Brian Budds, Esq

Second Advisor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy

Third Advisor

Dr. Christine Lima


Nursing professional practice models are designed to unite and align nurses under one vision, set of values, and a professional practice model. The goal of this project was to implement and enculturate a professional practice model of nursing with assistant nurse managers and leaders across the continuum of care at an urban medical center and associated ambulatory medical offices. Staff engagement has been shown to improve satisfaction and decrease turnover and implementation and enculturation of a professional practice model improves engagement. The target population was nurse managers and leaders as they needed to embrace professional practice before the project was spread to frontline nursing staff. The interventions planned and implemented by the project workgroups resulted in decreased nurse manager and leader turnover and increased engagement. Uniting and aligning nurses under one vision, set of values, and professional practice model across the continuum of care enables the organization to elevate nursing practice, ultimately improving staff satisfaction and patient outcomes. This strategy also ensures that regardless of where members enter the health system, they will know that they have been cared for by a nurse from this health system.