International Practice Development Journal


Title of ArticleEnhancing the quality and safety of the nursing model of care: planning for a new children’s hospital in Western Australia
Type of ArticleIdeas and Influences
Author/sJoanne Siffleet, Tessie Abbott, Anne Bourke and Sue Peter
ReferenceVolume 4, Issue 1, Article 11
Date of PublicationMay 2014
Keywordsmodel of care, patient safety, person-centred care, practice development, quality care

This paper will describe how the ideas gained during a study tour to investigate models of care have influenced the ways in which nursing has been transformed in preparation for the move to a new, purpose built paediatric hospital.

Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, Western Australia, is on track to relocate to new, purpose built premises in November 2015. While this is an exciting prospect, it has thrown the spotlight on several factors in nursing that were already on the strategic agenda when the move was proposed in 2010. Increased clinical demands on specialty nursing, including paediatrics, arising from the global nursing shortage, have been well documented, notably in the context of increasing patient acuity and complexity, the drive towards shorter hospital stays, and a number of health reforms (Australian Government Productivity Commission, 2005). Adding a new hospital to this mix made more pressing the imperative to develop and implement a contemporary nursing model of care.


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