At Clarian Health Partners, the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care is transforming the organizational culture as it is implemented across the multihospital Indianapolis healthcare system. The 1200-bed tertiary care system chose the Synergy Model as its framework for patient care delivery and differentiated professional career advancement more than 2 years ago—providing the model with a clinical laboratory.

“Our vision is that Clarian will become a model of clinical excellence second to none,” explains Karlene Kerfoot, RN, PhD, CNAA, Clarian’s chief nurse executive and Indiana University School of Nursing associate dean for clinical practice. “We were looking for a strategy to transform our nursing care delivery model to a professional practice model. The AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care speaks to our belief that our true work is to transform the lives of our patients and staff. The model...

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