What is shared governance?
Answer: A driver of nursing improvement
Sharing the responsibility and accountability for our outcomes:
- Ability to set goals and resolve conflicts
- Influence over resources that support our practice
- Access to information for all aspects of nursing
“Structure and processes by which professionals direct, control, and regulate goal-oriented efforts of one another” ~Robert G. Hess Jr, PhD, RN, FAAN
How can I participate?
Examples: Skin rounds, Falls committee, become a preceptor, become a practice champion (such as a superuser), teach at skills fair, organize or participate in nursing research, etc.
Show that what we do as nurses matters=IMPACT!
Why change our model?
When we last revised, we unintentionally narrowed the membership too far.
So what happened? We ended up not having resources to complete our projects.
Solution: a more diverse membership:
At the house-wide councils this will include:
At the unit level this will include:
What can Shared Governance
Problem: Duplicating work, not sharing our strengths, prolonged processes
Solution: Better-defined work groups with clear objectives and easy to use tools and templates
Shared governance should not create unnecessary work but rather create solutions to common problems that streamline what we do - Busy does not equal productive
What does this mean for me?
Within our new shared model, it is the intent that all nurses will:
- Share the responsibility for decisions that impact clinical outcomes
- Be accountable to our growth as individuals as well as the profession
- Take part in quality improvement projects
What about staffing?
In this year's budget, we've made sure to allocate time for all nurses to participate in Shared Governance; while there will be more information communicated out via our education & training program, on average units have been budgeted approximately 32 hours per month to conduct Shared Governance