Helping Women and Children thrive during one of the most important times in the life of their family.

Inpatient Care & Nursing Units

The Elliot Model of Nursing

The Elliot Model of Nursing was developed from the collective experience of Elliot nurses. Four emerging themes - caring, competence, teamwork and continuity - are integrated with the following definition to describe the work of the Elliot nurse:

“… to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to a peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge. And to do this in such a way as to help him gain independence as rapidly as possible.”
-Virginia Henderson, RN

Caring: A critical characteristic of nursing is caring, which includes meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient. Elliot nurses recognize the individual needs and goals of the patient, and are sensitive to cultural and value differences.

Competence: The nurse integrates knowledge, skill, experience and confidence to interact in the patient’s best interest.

Teamwork: The nurse partners with others at all levels, across departments, disciplines and settings to achieve positive patient outcomes and a positive patient/family experience. Patients, families and the community are integral members of the team.

Continuity: Elliot nurses ensure a smooth transition from shift to shift and between departments through comprehensive and effective communication. There is a continuous flow of information that connects the patient/family with caregivers along the continuum of care.