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Dean Swanson Named First Virginia Mason Distinguished Nursing Scholar

Dean Kristen M. Swanson

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, was appointed as Virginia Mason Medical Center’s first Distinguished Nursing Scholar in recognition of her contributions to nursing and to the Virginia Mason Nursing Model of Care.

Virginia Mason Medical Center, a nonprofit regional health system in Seattle, recently launched a new model of nursing care that uses the tools of the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) to implement Dean Swanson’s Theory of Caring. The theory identifies the five components of caring as knowing, being with, doing for, enabling, and maintaining belief in others (e.g., patients, families, co-workers).

The Virginia Mason Production System uses the basic tenets of the Toyota Production System to identify and eliminate waste and inefficiency in the many processes that are part of the health care experience, making it possible for staff to deliver the highest quality and safest patient care.

“What I discovered through this collaboration is that the Virginia Mason Production System has all of the tools necessary to take my Theory of Caring and make it the Practice of Caring,” says Dean Swanson. “I could not be more thrilled to have been chosen as Virginia Mason’s first Distinguished Nursing Scholar.”

Read more in this press release: Virginia Mason Launches New Model of Nursing Care