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Exemplary Professional Practice

A professional practice model is the overarching conceptual framework for nurses, nursing care and interdisciplinary patient care. The achievement of exemplary professional practice is grounded by the culture of patient safety, quality monitoring and quality improvement.

Caring Conference

MacNeal Hospital's nurses hosted their Caring Conference in June 2009 "Lighting the Fire." It provided a unique opportunity to meet with colleagues from the Chicagoland area and beyond to share ideas on how to create and sustain caring environments. The purpose for the conference was to inspire participants to rekindle the light of nursing and work together to reawaken a calling to humanistic caring for nursing staff, educators, students and leaders. This was the second year MacNeal hosted the event and they had more than 150 attendees.

Too often we struggle with the day-to-day work, and Dr. Jean Watson, our guest speaker, reminded us that caring is the essence of nursing. Teresa Anderson was our second keynote speaker, and she discussed caregiver strain and how nurses can nurture themselves by nurturing others. In addition to these two great speakers, we had the opportunity to hear ideas from other nurses during poster and podium presentations. We closed the event with a moving presentation, Tying Up Loose Ends: Perspectives on Life, a presentation by Catherine and Ann Gallogly.


Jean Watson, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN
Dr. Watson worked with nurses in a small group format.

Judy Balcitis, RN, MS; Holly Rollo, RN, MS
Shared a caring behavior skill development curriculum that was developed in honor of a patient's memory.

Stella Hatcliffe, RN, MSC
Examined the concept of reflective practice as an experimental teaching method for new nurse graduates.

Patti Ludwig-Beymer, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN; Diane Blevins, RN, MSN; Patti Foley, RN; Patty Kaplan, RN, BSN
Taught how to plan, implement and evaluate a successful Animal-Assisted Therapy Program in an acute-care hospital.

Jill Rogers, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
Creating a culture of inquiry in nursing nurtures and propels the profession. This session taught the value of questioning our practices to create an environment that supports professionalism.

Sue Schmeiding, RN, MA; Susie Dirkx, RN, BS, CNOR
Emotional suffering is one of the most painful parts of obesity due to societal discrimination. The power of caring for the "Of Size" patient has the potential to turn a life around.

Angela Skalla, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
Shared a program that was created to begin mentorship and caring for emerging leaders while aligning the components of the Magnet model with their development.

Fran Vlasses, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
This session focused on the value of nursing stories and was a workshop to develop the stories within.

Beverly Wendell, RN, MS, GCNS-BC
Taught how to identify the needs of a nursing preceptor.


  • Mentorship: The Key to Professional Growth in Nursing
  • Focus Not on the Wound, But on the Wounded
  • Building a Continuity of Care Model for Persons with Chronic Venous Ulcers Using Jean Watson's Science of Human Caring
  • The Importance of Patients' Perceptions When Developing a Continuity of Care Model for Chronic Venous Ulcers
  • How Do You Show That You Care for Your Patient With an Abnormal Mammogram? Get Their Tests Done!
  • Health Needs of the Late Preterm Infant
  • Stress Factors for Nurses and Teachers when Family Members are Acutely Ill: What are the Differences?
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