Implementing a Nursing Professional Model to Improve Staff Nurse Engagement and Teamwork

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2020 Mar 1;51(3):124-131. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20200216-07.


Background: Evidence suggests a direct correlation between high levels of staff engagement and teamwork improves quality outcomes for the organization.

Method: This evidence-based change of practice project applied the elements of a professional practice model in a medical-surgical telemetry unit to measure the effect on nurse engagement and teamwork.

Results: Implementation of a professional practice model resulted in improved engagement on the unit, an improved culture of teamwork, a decrease in the number of patient falls, and an increase in staff satisfaction.

Conclusion: The implementation and enculturation of a professional practice model demonstrate the intent to capture the hearts and minds of nurses and create an environment in which nurses are engaged and a culture of teamwork exists. An engaged workforce helps encapsulate a safe, efficient, and effective environment not only for nurses but also for their patients. [J Contin Educ Nurs. 2020;51(3):124-131.].

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration
  • Evidence-Based Nursing / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Professional Role / psychology*
  • Work Engagement*