An integral part of Texas Children’s mission is to provide the best possible care to our patients. Our nurses are making significant contributions to this mission and are part of an elite nursing staff who are helping Texas Children’s deliver the right care, in the right place at the right time.
Our nursing team provides evidence-based pediatric, maternal and fetal health care through a relentless focus on nursing expertise, collaborative partnerships and supportive leadership at all levels.
Patient and Family-Centered Care
Patient and family-centered care is at the core of nursing practice at Texas Children’s Hospital. Nursing focuses on 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 and 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 practice councils is to foster optimal productivity and to continually improve the quality of patient care.
Nursing care directly impacts patient outcomes at Texas Children’s. Our nursing team views quality as a key component of the nursing strategic plan. Every nurse leader benefits from extensive quality education, which allows Texas Children’s to work towards the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Since 2003, Texas Children’s has been a Magnet-designated organization, considered the highest and most prestigious recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The Magnet designation reflects Texas Children’s commitment to excellence in enhancing quality care, safety and outcomes that positively influence patient and family-centered care. Texas Children’s makes up the less than 9 percent of pediatric hospitals in the nation that have this Magnet designation.