Model of Care

Arkansas Children's Hospital's philosophy of care is to provide care, love and hope within the framework of Patient and Family Centered Care.  The ACH service and behavioral standards serve as the guiding principles for professional care delivery. Quality care excellence is achieved when care is safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.

Patient and Family Centered Model of Care

We believe that the family is the primary source of strength and support for the children, adolescents, and adults we serve.  We view family members as vital to enhancing the patient's health and well-being. We respect and honor the beliefs, values, and perspectives of each patient and family member, regardless of their individual circumstances.  We strive to demonstrate compassion, respect, collaboration, support, and advocacy.

ACH nurses partner with patients, families and other disciplines to plan, deliver, and evaluate individualized care which achieves optimal outcomes for each patient.   Nurses also collaborate with patients, families, and other providers to create an empowered environment where "best practices" can be evaluated and implemented to assure safe, evidence based and comprehensive care. 

Evidence Based Practice Professional Practice Model

ACH nurses realize patient and family centered care through our practice model which incorporates professional development, shared decision making, interdisciplinary teamwork, and evidence based practice. ACH strives to create a nurturing professional development environment that empowers nurses to advance their education and skills to provide specialized care. ACH nurses are responsible for their own professional development and for nurturing the professional development of colleagues and students.  Because we value the expert knowledge of our nurses, we believe that shared decision- making creates an environment of shared accountability for excellent outcomes. Interdisciplinary teamwork is also key to excellent outcomes. In this empowered environment, nursing care is planned, delivered, and evaluated using the principles of evidence based practice.