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Inside best practice: Devote two days to shared governance council meetings

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 2, 2008

The Medical Center at Bowling Green (KY) has found a way to conduct shared governance council meetings only twice a month.

“We use the first Tuesday and last Monday of every month and all clinical managers increase staffing on those days in order to allow nurses to attend their respective meetings,” says Dee Tallon, RN, MA, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® coordinator at The Medical Center.

The two shared governance council days begin by 7 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. with 30 minutes between each council meeting to give nurses time to conduct proper patient handoffs and get to their next meeting. Since implementing the two shared governance meeting days, council meetings have more than doubled in attendance and have seen exciting accomplishments, says Tallon. “Our staff nurses’ have reported feeling supported by leadership with this initiative and are more comfortable attending meetings knowing that someone is taking care of their patients,” she says.

The following is an example of a shared governance day:

  • Standards and practice council
  • Recruitment, retention, and recognition council
  • Research council
  • Nursing quality improvement council
  • Nursing development council
  • Clinical ladder committee

Source: Donita Tallon, Magnet Recognition Program® coordinator at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. Tallon is a member of HCPro’s talk group: Journey Talk.

Editor’s note: Do you have a best practice that you would like to share? E-mail your best practice to associate editor Cameran Erny at cerny@hcpro.com and see your name in print!

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