This infrastructure can provide safe, effective, and efficient patient care necessary to facilitate nursing excellence at all levels of practice.
“It empowers all members of the healthcare workforce to have a voice in decision making,” says Swihart. “It makes every employee feel like he or she is part owner with a personal stake in the success of the organization. This level of engagement leads to longevity of employment, increased employee satisfaction, better safety and healthcare, greater patient satisfaction and shorter lengths of stay, and a more robust bottom line for the organization.”
Developing a shared governance structure can empower direct care nurses to make decisions about their practice rather than following those handed down or mandated from above. It brings nurses back into alignment with their interprofessional partners, physicians, and pharmacists, and also promotes safer, more effective patient care.
“Employees who are happy and feel respected in their jobs take greater responsibility for their decisions and are more vested in organizational and patient care outcomes,” says Swihart. “Everyone benefits from shared governance.”
The ANCC recognizes the inherent, transformational value of shared governance and has made it a key determinant for any organization seeking ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® designation.