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Inside scoop from our experts: Create a successful shared governance structure

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 5, 2008

This week, a reader asks what makes up a successful shared governance structure. Read the response below from our advisor Barbara Hannon, MSN, RN, CPHQ, coordinator for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Q: What components must be included in a successful shared governance structure?

A: A successful shared governance structure must contain the following four components:

  1. A published set of bylaws, which include a mission and vision statement, domain, and scope of authority for each council.
  2. Published rules involving membership selection, chair selection, duration of office, meeting times, and member responsibilities.
  3. Published agendas and minutes from each council.
  4. A method to disseminate the work of the committees. Establish a method to disseminate council work to the rest of the department. Whether this is via minutes, newsletter, or intranet, the designation of work must be readily available to all levels of nurses.

Editor’s note: Do you have a question for our experts? If you'd like us to consider your query for publication, please send it to associate editor Cameran Erny at cerny@hcpro.com.

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