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Nurses - professional practice model
  1. JOURNEY:
    Our PPM centers on the journey and connections we as nurses make with our patients, families and colleagues. It is the unique journey of each patient/family that we commit to, no matter how short or long. We offer compassion and hope, no matter how difficult the journey becomes. We honor our diverse patients and families and warmly welcome them into our City of Hope community.
     
  2. CONNECTION:
    The connection and bond we create with patients and families represents the soul of City of Hope nursing and is the foundation of our caring nursing methodology and Relationship-Based Care* (RBC) work. Human connection has the power to build trust, create hope and inspire change. Connection allows us to be present and authentic, to create caring-healing-loving relationships, and to celebrate moments that create lasting memories for our patients, families and ourselves.
     
  3. FLOWING WATER:
    Water is a basic human need and centers us at City of Hope. Water represents life. It flows both gentle and strong, which many find comforting and inspiring. Water is a distinguishing characteristic within City of Hope: the Spirit of Life®, fountain and koi pond at the Duarte campus and water features in community practice sites.
     
  4. CARING:
    Care is at the core of our professional nursing practice.
     
    1. INTERTWINING BETWEEN THE THREE CIRCLES:
      The intertwining between the circles represents the unbreakable link of the art and science of nursing. These links are promoted by our nursing leadership, monitored and analyzed by our shared governance, and improved through evidence-based practice initiatives and research.
       
    2. OPEN BOOK:
      The open book represents the commitment to lifelong learning and professional development, and always striving to further our awareness and understanding.
       
    3. HEART:
      The heart growing from the leaves represents the art of nursing, and the nourishing and compassionate care we offer to our patients and families. Our compassion gives encouragement to all who we serve.
       
    4. DNA STRAND:
      The DNA strand represents the science, research and innovation of City of Hope nurses. Through evidence-based practice and research, we individually and collectively stay committed to furthering the body of knowledge of nursing and improving the care of humankind.
       
  5. RELATIONSHIP-BASED CARE:
    RBC is a depiction of the care delivery model utilized to guide our nursing practice and decision-making as we create a caring and healing environment. It helps direct both our current daily care, and our strategic plans for the future.
     
    1. THREE RBC CIRCLES
      The circles emphasize the three crucial relationships of RBC: care of self, care of our patients and their families, and care of colleagues.
       
    2. FLOWER:
      The flower ties RBC to City of Hope uniquely, representing the Rose Garden at the Duarte campus, the original location of care provided by City of Hope nurses in 1913. The rose also represents growth and life.
       
  6. WISHING TREE:
    The wishing tree represents the hope we offer our patients and families, and the hope they wish for themselves or their loved ones. A wishing tree is a unifying symbol for us, as every City of Hope location has a wishing tree or branches.
     
  7. VALUE RIBBONS:
    As nurses we reflect, and role model, our City of Hope organizational values in the care that we provide, the projects we undertake and the goals we endeavor to achieve.
     
  8. ONCOLOGY RIBBON GRAPHIC:
    City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and strives to be at the center of oncology care. The lavender ribbon representing all cancers, portrays our passion for oncology patient care.
     
  9. BLUE CIRCLE:
    The blue circle is an international symbol for diabetes awareness, and represents our commitment to both care of individual patients with diabetes and leading-edge research in diabetes.
     
  10. GOLTER GATE INSPIRATIONAL STATEMENT:
    Our reminder that City of Hope doesn't treat diseases, it treats people with dignity and respect. The inscription from one of City of Hope's early leaders, Samuel H. Goiter, expresses the belief system of City of Hope, with an emphasis on what all nurses value: caring for both the BODY and SOUL.