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Shared Governance in Nursing
Shilpa, RN, BSN  
Shilpa, RN, BSN 

The shared governance model at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is an organizational structure in which clinical nurses have a voice in determining nursing practice, standards and quality of care.

This model, implemented in 1983, reflects the high professional stature of nurses at the hospital.

The advantages of shared governance are twofold:

  • It empowers nurses to use their clinical knowledge and expertise to develop, direct and sustain our own professional practice.
  • It allows nurses to network with colleagues and to collaborate among units and departments.

Professional Nursing Staff

At Rush, standards for nursing practice and care are directed by the Professional Nursing Staff (PNS) organization. PNS maintains standards, documentation and quality improvement, and helps create an environment that promotes the retention and recruitment of highly qualified professional staff.

The mission of PNS is to:

  • Provide high quality and cost-effective nursing care for patients
  • Establish and monitor standards of clinical practice
  • Promote excellence in professional performance among the nursing staff
  • Facilitate the quality of professional life of its members

Within the shared governance model, PNS provides nurses with a way to communicate concerns and work toward solutions that benefit everyone. At Rush, all nurses are members of PNS, and all nurses have a voice.

PNS Committees

  • Executive Committee: Provides oversight for PNS committee structure and ensures that committee work is communicated throughout the Division of Nursing.
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Committee: Facilitates communication on advance practice and extended roles and serves as a credentialing committee for nurses requesting advanced practice privileges.
  • Educational Committee: Promotes nursing knowledge through educational programs on topics that impact nursing practice.
  • Magnet Committee: Supports and maintains the Magnet environment by ensuring clear communication of Magnet standards; sponsors the Course for Excellence Award, which recognizes individual and team performance related to Magnet standards, and prepares documentation for Magnet approval.
  • Nursing Documentation Committee: Responds to trends, regulations, policies and data to develop and evaluate the nursing documentation system.
  • Nursing Quality Improvement Committee: Monitors and evaluates nursing care to improve the quality of care.
  • Nursing Standards of Care Committee: Develops, implements and evaluates nursing evidence-based standards of care. Standards are reviewed at least once every two years.
  • Nursing Standards of Practice Committee: Develops, implements and monitors policies and procedures based on nursing evidence-based practice.
  • Recruitment and Retention Committee: Identifies factors that improve the recruitment of competent nurses and the retention of experienced ones. Focuses on staff morale and the quality of professional life.
  • Research Committee: Oversees proactive approaches for assurance of evidence-based practice and facilitates research and scholarly activities. Seeks to promote evidence-based practice and research related to nursing care.

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