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Exemplary Professional Practice


Exemplary Professional Practice is one of the five Magnet-based pillars of nursing care at Stanford. Each exceptional SHC nurse exemplifies this through their extraordinary patient care and elevated nursing practice.

Nursing Quality:  Collaborate. Investigate. Innovate

As part of our Magnet journey, Stanford Health Care regularly reviews validated data from a variety of sources to endure continual improvement and sustainability of quality improvement initiatives. The Nursing Quality team support initiatives at the micro, meso, and macro level to continuously improve our care delivery.


In 2022, SHC ranked 17th overall and 5th in patient centeredness among peer academic medical centers for Vizient, the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company. Through comprehensive and rigorous benchmarking, as well as celebrating top health care performers, Vizient drives health care organizations to continually improve in performance and quality by promoting exceptional, cost-effective care.


The inpatient care was ranked on five domains of care:

  • safety

  • mortality

  • effectiveness

  • efficiency

  • patient-centeredness

For ambulatory care, SHC was #9 out of over 50 ambulatory care centers. The ambulatory care ranking was based on:

  • access to care

  • quality of care

  • efficiency of care

  • continuum of care

  • equity of care

Stanford nurses monitor and respond to data across these domains to ensure delivery of the highest quality care across the continuum.

The Nursing Quality Department coordinates and facilitates nursing quality and performance improvement initiatives for Patient Care Services. Their goal is to ensure the highest level of services are provided for every patient, every time. Their motto, “Collaborate. Investigate. Innovate,” highlights their commitment to achieving this goal through robust partnerships using thorough data analysis and evidence-based practice. Working with Professional Practice, Regulatory Affairs, Patient Safety, Hospital Quality, Pharmacy, Infection Prevention, among countless other partners, this team builds and supports structures to support quality initiatives and regulatory compliance within PCS.


Patient Care Services areas of focus for FY22 included quality initiatives around nursing sensitive indicators such as patient falls, hospital acquired conditions, hospital acquired infections, blood product administration, and leveraging technology to reduce medication administration errors through programmable, linked IV pumps.

Office of Research Patient Care Services (ORPCS) 
Academic Nursing and Patient Care Research

The Academic Nursing and Patient Care Research division scope of service includes 6 primary functions: consultation, education, Legacy Grant coordination, research and innovation council support, Health Care Con event coordination, and Discovery Newsletter.


2022 – 15 publications, 15 presentations, 1 grant submission, 40 research consultations, 4 research education workshops on How to Write a Successful Legacy Grant Application and two Research Primer workshops. 

Awards/special appointments from include:

  • Chrystal Lewis on NIH review panel,

  • Cassendra Munro received Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Excellence in Perioperative Nursing Award,

  • Aubrey Florom-Smith’s appointment to Stanford University School of Medicine Institutional Review Board and an appointment as Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association,

  • Michelle DeCoux-Hampton’s appointment for Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association


ANPCR held 4 research education workshops in 2022, including two on How to Write a Successful Legacy Grant Application, and two Research Primer workshops.


Legacy Grant – 2022 Cycle II Awardees

-Renee Nolen, MSN, RN, CNL, CPN: (Clinical Nurse III) Determining the Efficacy of Essential Oil Aromatherapy in Children Undergoing Port Access

-Sabrina Orique, PhD, RN, AOCNS: (Clinical Nurse Specialist) Oncology Missed Care

2023 Cycle I in progress.

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