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Ask the expert: Identifying nursing’s role in shared governance

Nurse Leader Insider, June 7, 2010

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This week, Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, APRN, BC, discusses shared governance, and ways to help identify nursing's role in such models.

Q: My organization is developing a shared governance model. How can I help identify nursing’s role in the model?

A: Nursing's role in an organizationwide shared governance model is multifaceted:

  • Shared governance is a universal process structure or model. It can be applied in any setting. As it emerges in one division, it begins to affect other services, departments, and disciplines that want to participate in decisions that affect their future and roles or to be involved to the fullest extent possible. That is to be expected and anticipated.
  • Implement in other departments and disciplines when they are ready. Although nurses lead the process change, shared governance will vary in terms of organizational application.

To read additional ways on identifying nursing's role in shared governance, click here.

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