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Shared Governance in Nursing

The shared governance model at Rush University Medical Center gives clinical nurses 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, the Professional Nursing Staff (PNS) directs standards for nursing practice and care. 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 as follows:

  • To provide high-quality and cost-effective nursing care for patients
  • To establish and monitor standards of clinical practice
  • To promote excellence in professional performance among the nursing staff
  • To facilitate the quality of professional life of its members

Within the shared governance model, PNS provides nurses 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.

Join the nursing team at Rush

To join the nursing staff at Rush University Medical Center, apply online at