Boost Nurse Responsibility with Shared Governance
3. Employees who receive continuing education and professional development so they understand shared governance and can build a working knowledge of what is to be accomplished and how to do it
4. A clear destination, with a strategic plan and timeline for implementation
To change an organization’s culture and implement shared governance, leadership needs a design team that involves members from nursing service and interprofessional and interdisciplinary teams. The design team will do three things:
- Obtain feedback from leadership and staff
- Consider nursing’s objectives and the organization’s goals, mission, and philosophy
- Draft a model for operationalizing shared governance
After the design team has done its work, the final design should be selected by nursing staff and nursing leadership to ensure there is an integrated structure and process for shared decision making with an end goal of positive patient care outcomes and shared leadership. The structure and processes are designed to address each accountability element for professional nurses: quality, competence, and practice.
Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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