Providing the finest possible patient care is an integral part of Texas Children’s mission, and our nurses make significant contributions to this mission through the delivery of high-quality nursing care.
To learn more about our nursing leadership and patient outcomes, view the 2013 Nursing Outcomes book here.
Patient and family-centered care is at the core of nursing practice at Texas Children’s Hospital. Nursing includes the patient and family as an essential part of the care team. Nurses incorporate the patient’s developmental needs and family values, priorities, cultural traditions, as well as personal preference to develop an individualized plan of care. Patients and families are an active part of the decision making process with the common goal of achieving health equilibrium. As a result, there is a sense of “dignity and respect, information sharing, participation, and collaboration” between nursing, patients, and families.
Similarly, the care provided at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women is built around a family-centered approach to mother and baby care. The Pavilion for Women creates a better bonding experience by allowing new mothers and their babies to share a nurse and a private room in a nurturing environment. This approach to maternity care involves families in decision making during labor, delivery and postpartum care.
Practice councils provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and collaboration. These unit-based councils assess, plan, implement and evaluate practice policies, procedures and standards of care. The goal of these practice councils is to foster optimal productivity and to continually improve the quality of patient care.